Restorative Justice: A Way of Life – Rev. Laurel Liefert

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The Board of the congregation I serve recently passed a Restorative Justice (RJ) policy. We are in the process of exploring how restorative practices can be applied in the context of a faith community. Most often RJ has been used as an alternative to the retributive criminal justice model when a crime has been committed. […]

Breaking Down Barriers – Rabbi Hillel Katzir


“The best way of breaking down barriers between people or communities is through simple, unforced acts of kindness. One act can undo years of estrangement.”- Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Former Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom The most critical of the underlying assumptions of the American experiment in representative democracy is that we will listen to […]

We Are All Sojourners – Rabbi Hillel Katzir


You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress such a one, for you were sojourners in the Land of Egypt. Exodus 22:20 This verse is read in synagogues this week, as part of the annual re-reading of the Torah. It is part of a weekly portion called Mishpatim – “rules” or “laws” – and comes […]