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February 11, 2018

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Synagogue Hosts Interfaith Assembly Feb. 5

Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas hosted our World Interfaith Harmony Assembly on Feb. 5. “Voices in Harmony” was the theme of this 8th annual assembly jointly organized by Women Transcending Boundaries and InterFaith Works. The Monday evening program featured people from more than a dozen local faith communities, and the reception following offered opportunities to meet new people. For a report and photos in the Syracuse Post-Standard, click here.

Book Club to Discuss ‘Between the World and Me’

The Feb. 26 Book Club meeting will focus on Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. In a series of essays, written as a letter to his son, Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Between the World and Me walks us through the course of his life, from the tough neighborhoods of Baltimore in his youth, to Howard University—which Coates dubs “The Mecca” for its revelatory community of black students and teachers—to the broader Meccas of New York and Paris. Coates describes his observations and the evolution of his thinking on race, from Malcolm X to his conclusion that race itself is a fabrication, elemental to the concept of American (white) exceptionalism. For information about meeting location contact Patti McGuire, 315-457-7745 or 315-481-5633.

Dialogues Continue at CNY Rise

On Jan. 7 we met at CNY Rise to hear several members talk about notable women in their faith tradition and lessons we can learn from their lives and experiences (read a report here). Previous dialogues included:

  • Dec. 10 at the Matilda Joslyn Gage Museum in Fayetteville: dialogues with local Girl Ambassadors for Human Rights on themes portrayed by displays in various rooms of the museum (read a report here)
  • Oct. 11 at CNY Rise: sharing thoughts and stories with women from different faiths and cultures (read a report here)
  • Sept. 14, at various homes: Interfaith Dinner Dialogues bringing together diverse people for friendly, facilitated conversation about faith and spirituality over a meal

Making Origami Cranes

We learned the alchemy of turning paper into cranes at our Nov. 5 meeting. Diane Lansing showed a video about Sadako, a survivor of the Hiroshima bombing. Then she showed us how to fold the paper into the cranes that have become symbols of peace, and we helped each other create beautiful mementos (read a report here).

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