Join members of the Community of Living Traditions as we meet online to explore our "New Normal" — every Wednesday at 5pm eastern time.
In this session, we will welcome a special guest and one of the founders of CLT, Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, who will lead us in an exploration of Torah Revelations in the Time of Pandemic.
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb will share events from the life of Regina Jonas, one of the first female identified rabbis. Rabbi Jonas served during the holocaust and did not survive. Her story raises deep questions about how one lives out the meaning of one’s tradition on or near the front lines of catastrophe. Anti-semitism, sexism and racism are ongoing harms. How do these harms manifest during these days of pandemic in the lives of Jewish people on Turtle Island? What does living into the new normal of solidarity organizing look like in these times?
Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, one of the first women to become a rabbi in Jewish history, is a visionary Jewish educator, feminist, community organizer, peace activist, writer, klezmer dancer, percussionist, visual and ceremonial artist, and master storyteller. Over the past 45 years, Lynn has created Jewish and multifaith social justice programming for dozens of organizations over a span of decades, including Community of Living Traditions which she co-founded. Lynn currently serves as board chair of Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity in California and the Director of Youth and Family Programs at Chochmat HaLev, and is on the rabbinic council of Jewish Voice for Peace.
From The Torah of Regina Jonas
On October 12, 1944, Regina Jonas and her mother were deported to Auschwitz and probably killed the same day. In the archives of Terezín there remains a handwritten document that summarizes her religious worldview and her legacy. Under the title “Lectures by the only female rabbi Regina Jonas,” it lists twenty-four topics for lectures, followed by notes on a sermon which she delivered in Terezin. Here she summarizes her religious outlook and testament: “Our Jewish people was planted by God into history as a blessed nation. ‘Blessed by God’ means to offer blessings, lovingkindness and loyalty, regardless of place and situation. Humility before God, selfless love for His creatures, sustain the world. It is Israel’s task to build these pillars of the world— man and woman, woman and man alike have taken this upon themselves in Jewish loyalty. Our work in Theresienstadt, serious and full of trials as it is, also serves this end: to be God’s servants and as such to move from earthly spheres to eternal ones. May all our work be a blessing for Israel’s future (she means the people) and the future of humanity … Jewish men and women acting with righteousness were always the sustainers of our people. May we be found worthy by God to be numbered in the circle of these women and men … The reward of a mitzvah is the recognition of the great deed by God. Rabbi Regina Jonas, formerly of Berlin.”
Read more on the Jewish Woman’s Archive.
‘Living into the New Normal’ is a new series that Community of Living Traditions at Stony Point Center has created to explore the world that the COVID19 pandemic reveals. Using the lenses of our religious and spiritual traditions, our experiences of intentional community and mutual aid, and our connection to intersectional movements for justice and peace, we will try to understand and imagine how to harness this difficult time to live into a shared journey toward a new normal that will serve the needs of all. Click more information about the series, and a listing of all the events.
Please join us on this journey!