The Tirdof series draws from the phrase “tzedek, tzedek tirdof,” which translates to “justice, justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). We’ve heard many of you express a desire for this type of programming, and are focusing on bringing events to Beth El that allow opportunities for reflection, conversation and action. Reach out to Margaret Norman with any questions.  

 

Rabbi’s Beit Midrash: Heschel and King

Noon to 1 pm, Thursdays weekly beginning Dec. 3, on Zoom

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In 1963, an unlikely relationship emerged between two leading clergymen, who were unlikely to have known each other apart from being thrown together during the height of the Civil Rights Movement by the force of their ideas and their audacious claims upon the conscience of America. Come explore their theological relationship and mutual support in activism. What brought these two men of faith together? What made these thinkers such a dynamic duo?

 

Conversation with Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein

7-8 pm, Dec. 7 

We welcome back (virtually) Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein, Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor at the Jewish Federations of North America. Rabbi Rothstein visited our community when he came to honor ancestors at the 57th anniversary of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing. Rabbi Rothstein was raised in a multi-racial Orthodox family in Monsey, NY. He will speak to us about his work building platforms to elevate diverse Jewish voices and his experience exploring his Alabama roots for the first time.

 Advance registration is required. Click here to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. We’ve heard many of you express a desire for social connection and are expanding our virtual programming to include small group discussions. On select programs, we’ll invite you to stay on the Zoom immediately following, for 15-20 minutes of discussion and kibitzing in small group break out rooms. Think of this as the time after the program where you’d usually linger and chat!

 

Research, Educate, Place, Advocate: A Conversation with Joi Brown, Director of the Jefferson County Memorial Project 

Dec. 20

The Jefferson County Memorial Project is a grassroots coalition focused on documenting victims of racial terror lynchings in Jefferson County by educating the public on the importance on this history, placing markers at the sites of these events and advocating for racial justice in the present day. Joi Brown is a founding core coalition member of the JCMP and former marketing manager for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. She’ll be telling us more about the JCMP’s work in Birmingham and how you can get involved in this important project!

 

Beth El Civil Rights Experience: Call for Lay Leaders!  

Did you know that the Beth El team has been busy developing a plan for an innovative project focused on Birmingham’s Jewish and Civil Rights history? If you are interested in getting your feet wet in an exciting multimedia community history project, get in touch! Have a Civil Rights story to share? A passion for research or grant writing? An interest in historic markers, oral history, or audio editing? Just want to learn more about this fascinating history or about the project? All skill sets and knowledge levels are welcome. Contact Margaret to learn more.