The Jews of the Seacoast NAACP

OK, I know Jews are all about justice. It shows in our giving tzedakah, community activities, even when making academic and career choices. Such involvement is definitely not unique to the Jewish community, but Justice is one culturally-ingrained Jewish value that parents begin instilling in their children at a very young age (although maybe Bibi’s parents didn’t get the memo).

I also know that each time Jews face hate and hardship themselves, they have the opportunity to reevaluate their responsibility to ensure that all people are treated justly. What I did not know, however, was that Jews make up 90% of my local NAACP chapter’s membership. Michelle Obama This past week I spoke informally with Fred Ross, President of the seacoast chapter of the NAACP, who is in the midst of planning an exciting regional event. He says that local members of the Jewish community are huge supporters of his organization, often contributing to advancement efforts well into retirement.

We New England Jews and our friends have a great opportunity to show support for our African-American brothers and sisters this coming May 15th in The Unity Relay for Justice that starts in New Hampshire. It is an eight-day, 130 mile relay march from the State House in Concord to Beacon Hill, and then to the State House in Providence, Rhode Island. During the march, participants may walk however long they wish, from a single block or the whole distance. The NAACP is looking for participants of all ages, religions, colors, and lifestyles to unite in this cause. Organizers say the event will “address disparities in the criminal justice system and law enforcement policies and procedures.”

Please feel free to contact me if you are interested in forming or being part of a seacoast NH team of walkers. librarian@templeisraelnh.org

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Good Deeds Day 2013

Good Deeds Day is coming up everybody! What project are you planning to help somebody in your community?

Since its inception in 2007, Good Deeds Day has grown to have 250,000 participants in Israel last year, and thousands more worldwide. Apparently MTV has been involved in marketing the cause, and several large sponsors help the organization to continue growth and outreach.

You can help too! Need some ideas?? Check with a local nonprofit or religious organization to see how you might be able to help out on March 10th, or visit a neighbor to see if they need help with any home projects! Grab some friends and make someone else smile. You can make it happen.

BTW, if you’re in Israel you get to do your mitzvah early on March 5th 🙂