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Extremists for Love – Yom Kippur 2017

In June 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke before a large crowd in Detroit. In his speech, King argued that, despite the dangers of nonviolent resistance, “there are some things so dear, some things so precious, some things so eternally … Continue reading

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After Charlottesville, Be a Light – Rosh Hashanah 2017

JJ Grey, a contemporary rock and blues singer, once recalled a lesson his grandmother taught him: “you can’t fight darkness, so be a light.” Last month, darkness came to Virginia: An unholy alliance of white supremacists marched on Charlottesville. Just … Continue reading

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Do You control Your Monuments, or Do They Control You? – Shavuot 2017

Recently, the City of New Orleans removed its Confederate monuments, prompting both celebrations and protests. The actions and their aftermath reverberated across the country and, not surprisingly, into Virginia. Protests and counter-protests erupted – violently – in Charlottesville a couple … Continue reading

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Remarks from Richmond Rally Against Muslim Ban

Video of these remarks can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/jewishaction.us/videos/705614492975135/ Video of all speeches can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/moveon/videos/10154390220140493/ In 1790, our first president, George Washington, sent a letter to the Jewish community in Newport, Rhode Island, pledging that “the government of the … Continue reading

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Remarks at Interfaith Standing Together Press Conference

It is an honor to stand in this sanctuary surrounded by colleagues and friends representing so many brother and sister faith traditions. To my mind, this synagogue is the perfect place for us to stand together against hate and deliver … Continue reading

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Remarks at 2016 Community Eid Dinner

As-Salam-u-Alaikum and Eid Mubarak. Adira joins me in expressing what an honor it is to be with you this evening. I am deeply grateful to the organizers for their generous invitation, for all their holy work on behalf of the … Continue reading

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Baccalaureate Address for Maggie Walker Governor’s School, Class of 2016

I want to begin by expressing my gratitude for having been invited here this evening. It is such an honor to be with you, to celebrate this extraordinary milestone with you and your families. I want to share a story … Continue reading

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