Djudeo-Espanyol Festival: Resiliencia!
May
16
to May 23

Djudeo-Espanyol Festival: Resiliencia!

Events at Nahalat Shalom and National Hispanic Cultural Center

Djudeo-Espanyol Festival: Resiliencia!

The Experience Of Jewish Communities In Spain And The Americas

Resiliencia is a week-long event set for Thursday, May 16 to Thursday, May 23, 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It highlights the extraordinary journey of the Jewish people in Spanish-speaking countries, and focuses in part on the US Southwest.

Co-sponsored by the Instituto Cervantes, CasaSefarad@Nahalat Shalom, Festival Djudeo-Espanyol and the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the cultural festival offers a full week of film, music, food, exhibits and lectures. Highlights include an opening art exhibition, "Women of Valor" by New Mexico native, Natalie Trujillo Gonzalez on Thursday, May 16, at Nahalat Shalom. A Sephardic Shabbat Dinner takes place on Friday, May 17 (extra fee, limited to 75 attendees). Purchase Tickets Online.

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Resiliencia! The Experience Of Jewish Communities In Spain And The Americas

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Friday Evening Shabbat Dinner Reservations (catered dinner limited to 75)

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Sephardic Music Concert: Beth Cohen with Neshama del Bosque
May
19
6:30 PM18:30

Sephardic Music Concert: Beth Cohen with Neshama del Bosque

Neshama del Bosque (Soul of the Forest) will be performing a concert of Sephardic (Judeo-Spanish), Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish songs and other musical delights from the Iberian peninsula, Europe, the Middle-East, Africa and North America. The trio's all-star personnel is: Ronaldo Baca – vocals, guitar & oud; Javier Saume Mazzie – percussion (cajon, doumbek, and more!) and Beth Cohen - vocals, violin, guitar & Macedonian tambura.

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May
22
2:30 PM14:30

Meet with the End of Life/Cemetery Committee

The Congregation Nahalat Shalom End of Life/Cemetery Committee met with several members last week to explore questions about what Congregation members are entitled to for themselves and their families from our community. Nahalat Shalom now has a relationship with La Puerta Natural Burial Ground that includes a Nahalat Shalom dedicated area. We also have relationships with local funeral homes and the Albuquerque Chevre Kadisha. The Committee will have several more small meetings to answer and hear new questions about these important end of life issues. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 22 at 2:30 at the Shul. Please call Nikihanna with any questions about the meeting and to RSVP.

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Beyond the Torah Study Group
May
24
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Chanting Kabbalat Shabbat
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

Chanting Kabbalat Shabbat

A Chanting Kabbalat Shabbat service one Friday evening a month (usually the fourth Friday) provides a contemplative way to greet Shabbat through sacred Hebrew chanting and meditation. Celebrate the end of your week, nourish your soul and welcome Shabbat. Join us as we move into holy space/time in a meditative mode: chanting sacred phrases and melodies and then melting into silence. No prior knowledge or special talent is necessary, only the willingness and intention to go inside yourself, to listen deeply and to be in community with others who are engaged in this practice. Led by Judy Brown and Sofie Shefia Stephanie Cohen.  We meet at 7:30pm in Bayt B'racha, the building on the north side of the courtyard.

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Tent Minyan with Cantor JoAnn Rice
May
25
9:30 AM09:30

Tent Minyan with Cantor JoAnn Rice

The Tent Minyan is a service that explores Jewish diversity while celebrating our commonality. We welcome Renewal, Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox members as we gather on the last Saturday of each month. Informal Hebrew chanting begins at about 9:45 am, and is followed at 10:00 am by the Morning service and Torah reading. At approximately 11:30, we will share Kiddush, followed by a D'var Torah (study session). The service is presented in three forms-Hebrew text, transliteration, and translation-so that everyone can participate in worship. Join us for this joyous, song-filled Shabbat.

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Beyond the Torah Study Group
May
31
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Beyond the Torah Study Group
Jun
7
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Der Freylekher Shabes
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

Der Freylekher Shabes

A joyous danced Shabbat service in a heimishe, old-country Eastern European style led by Cantor/ music director Beth Cohen, Alavados holy days ensemble, Rikud dance troupe, & The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band. Held on the first Friday evening of the month, we begin at 6:30pm with a danced Shabbat service led by Rikud to live music by Alavados, plus prayers for lighting candles, Mishebeyrach, Kaddish Yatom, Kiddush & motzee; 7:20pm-potluck vegetarian dinner; 7:55-Birkat Hamazon; 8-9pm Yiddish dancing with Rikud to a live Klezmer music JAM led by The Community Klezmer Band. Everyone is welcome to all or any part of the evening's celebrations.  Location: Sanctuary

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 Beyond the Torah Study Group
Jun
14
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Sephardic Shabbat Potluck Dinner
Jun
14
6:30 PM18:30

Sephardic Shabbat Potluck Dinner

This service consciously explores the connections with our Sephardic Heritage. (Sefarad is the Hebrew word for Spain and Sephardic refers to those Jews who once lived in Spain and then were expelled, and who carried their language and their traditions with them wherever they went.) We share songs and stories, food and conversation. Please bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share at this potluck dinner.. We gather at 6:30 pm, with candle lighting promptly at 7:00 pm. Come celebrate New Mexico's oldest Jewish community with us! Hosted by Casa Sefarad and led by by Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina.

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Beyond the Torah Study Group
Jun
21
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Beyond the Torah Study Group
Jun
28
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Canceled Der Freylekher Shabes
Jul
5
6:30 PM18:30

Canceled Der Freylekher Shabes

See you at der Freylekher next month!

A joyous danced Shabbat service in a heimishe, old-country Eastern European style led by Cantor/ music director Beth Cohen, Alavados holy days ensemble, Rikud dance troupe, & The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band. Held on the first Friday evening of the month, we begin at 6:30pm with a danced Shabbat service led by Rikud to live music by Alavados, plus prayers for lighting candles, Mishebeyrach, Kaddish Yatom, Kiddush & motzee; 7:20pm-potluck vegetarian dinner; 7:55-Birkat Hamazon; 8-9pm Yiddish dancing with Rikud to a live Klezmer music JAM led by The Community Klezmer Band. Everyone is welcome to all or any part of the evening's celebrations.  Location: Sanctuary

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Sephardic Shabbat Potluck Dinner
Jul
12
6:30 PM18:30

Sephardic Shabbat Potluck Dinner

This service consciously explores the connections with our Sephardic Heritage. (Sefarad is the Hebrew word for Spain and Sephardic refers to those Jews who once lived in Spain and then were expelled, and who carried their language and their traditions with them wherever they went.) We share songs and stories, food and conversation. Please bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share at this potluck dinner.. We gather at 6:30 pm, with candle lighting promptly at 7:00 pm. Come celebrate New Mexico's oldest Jewish community with us! Hosted by Casa Sefarad and led by by Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina.

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Aug
2
6:30 PM18:30

Der Freylekher Shabes

A joyous danced Shabbat service in a heimishe (homey), old-country Eastern European style led by Cantor/ music director Beth Cohen, Alavados holy days ensemble, Rikud dance troupe, & The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band. Held on the first Friday evening of the month, we begin at 6:30pm with a danced Shabbat service led by Rikud to live music by Alavados, plus prayers for lighting candles, Mishebeyrach, Kaddish Yatom, Kiddush & motzee; 7:20pm-potluck vegetarian dinner; 7:55-Birkat Hamazon; 8-9pm Yiddish dancing with Rikud to a live Klezmer music JAM led by The Community Klezmer Band. Everyone is welcome to all or any part of the evening's celebrations. Location: Sanctuary

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Sephardic Shabbat Potluck Dinner
Aug
9
6:30 PM18:30

Sephardic Shabbat Potluck Dinner

This service consciously explores the connections with our Sephardic Heritage. (Sefarad is the Hebrew word for Spain and Sephardic refers to those Jews who once lived in Spain and then were expelled, and who carried their language and their traditions with them wherever they went.) We share songs and stories, food and conversation. Please bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share at this potluck dinner.. We gather at 6:30 pm, with candle lighting promptly at 7:00 pm. Come celebrate New Mexico's oldest Jewish community with us! Hosted by Casa Sefarad and led by by Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina.

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Sep
6
6:30 PM18:30

Der Freylekher Shabes

A joyous danced Shabbat service in a heimishe (homey), old-country Eastern European style led by Cantor/ music director Beth Cohen, Alavados holy days ensemble, Rikud dance troupe, & The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band. Held on the first Friday evening of the month, we begin at 6:30pm with a danced Shabbat service led by Rikud to live music by Alavados, plus prayers for lighting candles, Mishebeyrach, Kaddish Yatom, Kiddush & motzee; 7:20pm-potluck vegetarian dinner; 7:55-Birkat Hamazon; 8-9pm Yiddish dancing with Rikud to a live Klezmer music JAM led by The Community Klezmer Band. Everyone is welcome to all or any part of the evening's celebrations. Location: Sanctuary

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Sephardic Shabbat Potluck Dinner
Sep
13
6:30 PM18:30

Sephardic Shabbat Potluck Dinner

This service consciously explores the connections with our Sephardic Heritage. (Sefarad is the Hebrew word for Spain and Sephardic refers to those Jews who once lived in Spain and then were expelled, and who carried their language and their traditions with them wherever they went.) We share songs and stories, food and conversation. Please bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share at this potluck dinner.. We gather at 6:30 pm, with candle lighting promptly at 7:00 pm. Come celebrate New Mexico's oldest Jewish community with us! Hosted by Casa Sefarad and led by by Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina.

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Sephardic Shabbat Potluck Dinner
Oct
11
6:30 PM18:30

Sephardic Shabbat Potluck Dinner

This service consciously explores the connections with our Sephardic Heritage. (Sefarad is the Hebrew word for Spain and Sephardic refers to those Jews who once lived in Spain and then were expelled, and who carried their language and their traditions with them wherever they went.) We share songs and stories, food and conversation. Please bring your favorite vegetarian dish to share at this potluck dinner.. We gather at 6:30 pm, with candle lighting promptly at 7:00 pm. Come celebrate New Mexico's oldest Jewish community with us! Hosted by Casa Sefarad and led by by Rabbi Jordi Gendra-Molina.

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Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Der Freylekher Shabes

A joyous danced Shabbat service in a heimishe (homey), old-country Eastern European style led by Cantor/ music director Beth Cohen, Alavados holy days ensemble, Rikud dance troupe, & The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band. Held on the first Friday evening of the month, we begin at 6:30pm with a danced Shabbat service led by Rikud to live music by Alavados, plus prayers for lighting candles, Mishebeyrach, Kaddish Yatom, Kiddush & motzee; 7:20pm-potluck vegetarian dinner; 7:55-Birkat Hamazon; 8-9pm Yiddish dancing with Rikud to a live Klezmer music JAM led by The Community Klezmer Band. Everyone is welcome to all or any part of the evening's celebrations. Location: Sanctuary

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Dec
6
6:30 PM18:30

Der Freylekher Shabes

A joyous danced Shabbat service in a heimishe (homey), old-country Eastern European style led by Cantor/ music director Beth Cohen, Alavados holy days ensemble, Rikud dance troupe, & The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band. Held on the first Friday evening of the month, we begin at 6:30pm with a danced Shabbat service led by Rikud to live music by Alavados, plus prayers for lighting candles, Mishebeyrach, Kaddish Yatom, Kiddush & motzee; 7:20pm-potluck vegetarian dinner; 7:55-Birkat Hamazon; 8-9pm Yiddish dancing with Rikud to a live Klezmer music JAM led by The Community Klezmer Band. Everyone is welcome to all or any part of the evening's celebrations. Location: Sanctuary

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Beyond the Torah Study Group
May
17
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Sydney Lopez Marks Becomes a Bat Mitzvah
May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Sydney Lopez Marks Becomes a Bat Mitzvah

Sydney Marks and her family invite you to celebrate her becoming a Bat Mitzvah. The service is led by Rabbi Neil Amswytch from Temple Beth Shalom in Santa Fe and Cantor Beth Cohen. Everyon is welcome at this joyus event. Please join us for services followed by Kiddish and lunch.with music by Cantor Beth Cohen and Der Rebbe's Orkestra.

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Beyond the Torah Study Group
May
10
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Special  Der Freylekher Shabes  in Honor of Cantor Beth Cohen!
May
3
6:30 PM18:30

Special Der Freylekher Shabes in Honor of Cantor Beth Cohen!

Celebrate Cantor Beth Cohen's 25 years of loving and spirited leadership of Nahalat Shalom. She has been here from the beginning, before we had the building, and has been the constant in our community. She has led us in song, prayer and music through Der Freylekher Shabes, High Holiday and other services. Cantor Beth created and continues to nourish our amazing Community Klezmer Band - not every synagogue has its own house band! And of course, she created and continues to bring world class Klezmer music and musicians to our community and all of New Mexico during the annual KlezmerQuerque Festival. Come join us as we honor Cantor Beth during Der Freylekher Shabes in May! Bring a memory, a story, a song & your dancing shoes!

A joyous danced Shabbat service in a heimishe, old-country Eastern European style led by Cantor/ music director Beth Cohen, Alavados holy days ensemble, Rikud dance troupe, & The Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band. Held on the first Friday evening of the month, we begin at 6:30pm with a danced Shabbat service led by Rikud to live music by Alavados, plus prayers for lighting candles, Mishebeyrach, Kaddish Yatom, Kiddush & motzee; 7:20pm-potluck vegetarian dinner; 7:55-Birkat Hamazon; 8-9pm Yiddish dancing with Rikud to a live Klezmer music JAM led by The Community Klezmer Band. Everyone is welcome to all or any part of the evening's celebrations.  Location: Sanctuary

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Beyond the Torah Study Group
May
3
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Klezmer Band & Dance LAST Rehearsal this Season
Apr
28
2:00 PM14:00

Klezmer Band & Dance LAST Rehearsal this Season

This is our last "official" rehearsal of the Winter / Spring season. We will still play & dance at der Freylekher Shabes every 1st Friday of the month (except for July & sometimes January) and we have new and seasonal performances for which we will need to schedule special rehearsals. Thank you for a great season - looking forward to sharing more joyous music & dance together!!!

THE NAHALAT SHALOM COMMUNITY KLEZMER BAND is open to Musicians of all ages & Levels who know the basics of their instrument. Rehearsals are on Sundays from 2-4PM.

Sheet music & professional instruction provided by Beth Cohen, Nahalat Shalom’s Cantor & Music Director

Dancers: instruction & participation for all levels of dancers at the Sunday rehearsals with Rikud Yiddish Dance Troupe

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Combined Service:  Minyan HaLev+ Tent Minyan
Apr
27
9:30 AM09:30

Combined Service: Minyan HaLev+ Tent Minyan

This month join us for a combined service!

Minyan HaLev with Rabbi Deborah Brin and Noach Bloom

Shabbat morning service with lots of singing, a Torah reading and learning, followed by a potluck. Please bring your voice and a vegetarian dish to share. After lunch, the Shabbat experience will continue with Rabbi Brin's monthly discussion group, If Not Now, When? at 1:00 pm in Bayt B'racha. Come do cool Jewish stuff with us!

Tent Minyan with Cantor JoAnn Rice

The Tent Minyan is a service that explores Jewish diversity while celebrating our commonality. We welcome Renewal, Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox members as we gather on the last Saturday of each month. Informal Hebrew chanting begins at 9:45 am followed at 10:00 am by the Morning Service and Torah reading. At 11:30 we share Kiddush and a D'var Torah (study session). The siddur that we use has Hebrew text, transliteration, and translation so that everyone can participate in worship. Join us for this joyous, song-filled Shabbat.

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Beyond the Torah Study Group
Apr
26
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Nahalat Shalom Community Seder: 2nd night of Passover
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Nahalat Shalom Community Seder: 2nd night of Passover

Join Cantor Beth Cohen, Judy Brown, Stephanie Cohen, story teller Batya Podos, guest speakers, and the Nahalat Shalom Community Klezmer Band for the second night Pesach Seder. This is a pescatarian (vegetarian and kosher fish) potluck dinner and there is no charge. Please bring kosher for Pesach (Askenazi or Sephardic) food for you and your group and your own items for a seder plate. We will provide grape juice and matzah. No RSVP required. All are welcome - Join us!

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Beyond the Torah Study Group- Cancelled this week - Erev Pesach!
Apr
19
11:45 AM11:45

Beyond the Torah Study Group- Cancelled this week - Erev Pesach!

We are delving into the entire Bible, book by book. Join us as we discern the literal, ethical and spiritual meaning of the great writings of our ancestors. We are a self-led group and rely on assorted commentary as well as our own sensibilities. No ongoing commitment is required. Join us every week or as the spirit moves you.  Location: Front Entry Room

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Apr
18
to May 16

Gallery Exhibit: Welcome! We were strangers too!

We were so comforted by the many individuals and religious and community groups that reached out to us after the tragedy in Pittsburgh last fall. Many of our community allies accepted our invitation to join us in our Hanukkah celebration in December. We have reaching out to them and our own Jewish community to join us in an inter-denominational, children's art experience and exhibit: Welcome! We Were Strangers Too! This project, developed and co-curated by Dena Palley and Ilene Weiss, gives children the opportunity to explore welcoming the stranger through art; we will mount an exhibit of the artwork created by children throughout New Mexico to coincide with our Jewish holiday of Passover, our original story of beings strangers in a strange land.

Our Hebrew Bible reminds us in multiple places and ways:

Do not oppress the stranger.

You know the heart of the stranger for you were a stranger.

Do not treat the stranger differently from the homeborn.

This profound commandment is the beginning of and reason for empathy. This exhibit will also coincide with the Tikkun Olam / Immigrant Justice Project. We are sponsoring Oak Tree and Annunciation House and collecting specific donations during the month of April in conjunction with our Gallery theme.

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