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The Book Is Still Open. The Turning Continues!

Clouds through Ironwork

The Jewish Day of Atonement has ended — but the Book of Life is still open. "May it ultimately be sealed for the good!" is an appropriate traditional greeting through the end of this festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles), as the season of teshuvah (re/turning, repentance) continues.

The ancient sage Rabbi Eliezer went further in declaring that the best day to re/turn in teshuvah is "one day before your death" — in other words, every day of our lives. Here are some upcoming programs from WAYS OF PEACE for our ongoing seasons of turning.


Turning and Letting Go: Jewish Ways of Forgiveness

Thursdays, October 15 / 22 / 29 at NightShul in Brooklyn, NY

What is Jewish forgiveness? Is it unconditional? Is it required? Is it all-or-nothing? We'll explore how key sacred texts relate to our own lives in this introduction to one of the most vital — and least understood — of Jewish concerns. Come encounter a surprising biblical forgiveness hero, discover how our High Holy Day liturgy translates into accessible everyday choices, and experiment with some classic Jewish forgiveness rituals. LEARN MORE

And When I Die: The Musical!

A Funeral Planning Cabaret / Tuesday, October 27 at 7:30 pm in Brooklyn, NY

This unique seminar-in-song offers a non-sectarian, ecologically-minded introduction to advance directives, consumer choices and your next steps in a relaxed environment. Free and open to all! LEARN MORE

(Not in or near Brooklyn, NY? If you'd like to bring these or other WAYS OF PEACE programs to your community, we'd love to hear from you.)

With many blessings for the seasons ahead,

Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips 
for WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources

WAYS OF PEACE donates at least 10 percent of net staff compensation to other organizations that uphold our core mandates of promoting justice and kindness across lines of diversity.

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Will Just-Giving Save From Death?


"Wealth will not avail on a day of wrath,

yet tzedakah will save from death." (Proverbs 11:4)

img-handsWe are once again moving through the Jewish month of Elul, the beginning of the period of teshuvah — literally, turning or returning — that ushers in our Days of Awe.

The soul-searching of this period began early this year. We mourn the deaths of all whose lives have been cut short by hatred and violence. For all who survive to carry the wounds, we pray for healing and recovery.

The tragedies are relentless and overwhelming — yet we cannot afford the luxuries of numbness or despair. No matter how heartbreaking the situation, there are always real, practical options for sharing our time and money, for bringing people together across differences to affirm our shared humanity. LEARN MORE

It is now 21 years since I returned from a five-year sojourn for social change in Israel. WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources was created out of that experience to focus on the timeless priorities of sustaining the poor, visiting the sick, burying the dead, and consoling the bereaved — "for these are ways of peace" across lines of conflict.

All Hands InAnd three weeks ago I returned from the launch of Generous Justice, our new network of learning circles for tzedakah / just-giving. Tzedakah can save lives — and now a multi-generational cohort of change-makers is bringing the principles of just-giving to their home communities, from coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada.

The month of Elul is a traditional time for just-giving disbursements. This season serves as a reminder of how each of us can spend our precious, finite lives more fully, day by day. How will you share your abundance to help repair this broken world? LEARN MORE

Please know that all of our combined efforts help pave the paths to peace in our time, and our world needs what you have to offer.

With many blessings for the Season of Turning and beyond,

Rabbi Regina Sandler-Phillips
for WAYS OF PEACE Community Resources

WAYS OF PEACE donates at least 10 percent of net staff compensation to other organizations that uphold our core mandates of promoting justice and kindness across lines of diversity.