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  • Yom HaShoah Service and Film “Joe’s Violin” (Sunday, April 23 at 7pm)

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    Yom HaShoah Service & Film: Joe’s Violin

    Sunday, April 23 at 7:00 P.M.

    Free and Open to the Public

    Everyone is invited to mark Yom HaShoah, Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, at Falmouth Jewish Congregation. Each year we open our memorial service and program to the public so that, together, we may remember those who died in the Shoah. Using the dedicated service included in our prayerbook, we remember with words, song, and poetry those who died, those who suffered, and those who showed heroism through resistance and rescue. Like many Jewish communities around the world, we will light six candles representing the six million Jews murdered.

    Following the service, there will be a screening of the Academy Award-nominated short feature film, Joe’s Violin. This 24-minute film by Kahane Cooperman, an audience award winner at numerous film festivals, is the story of how a violin forged a tie between a Holocaust survivor and a girl from the Bronx.  During a musical instrument drive for New York public schools, 91-year old Joseph Feingold offers his beloved violin, which he has played for over 70 years since he  acquired it while living in a DP camp. Joe’s donation changes the life of Brianna Perez, a 12 year-old girl who attends the Bronx Global Learning Institute for Girls. When Brianna is inspired to become friends with her benefactor, both their lives are changes. Joe’s Violin poignantly illuminates how the power of music brings light in the darkest times.

  • Cape Cod PATH Presentation on Human Trafficking on Cape Cod on April 6

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    5:30 P.M. Vegetarian Potluck / 6:30 P.M. Presentation

    Human trafficking exists across the globe, in the U.S., and right here on Cape Cod. In 2014, Cape Cod PATH (People Against Trafficking Humans) was founded as a non-profit task force with the mission of eliminating human trafficking on Cape Cod through education and advocacy.

    All are invited to attend a potluck vegetarian dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by an informative presentation (6:30 p.m.) to raise awareness of human trafficking, provide information on what it is, how to recognize it, and what can be done to prevent it. Cape Cod PATH, will be presenting.

    This event is free and open to the public.  Please bring one item for survivors of human trafficking:  soap or new nail polish.

    On Mitzvah Day this May, FJC members will assemble resource bags for human trafficking victims to help them as they restart their lives. Items will be collected in FJC’s coatroom (in a marked box) through the month of April. Please bring: 12 ox bottles of shampoo and conditioner, small bottles of nail polish remover, women’s underwear, sweat pants or similar, and packages of baby wipes.

  • FJC Hosts Benefit Concert for the Southern Poverty Law Center on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M.

    Posted ‍‍כה אדר ב' ה תשעז - March 23, 2017 By in Latest News, Social Action, Special Event With | Comments Off splc_logo_472

    Benefit Concert for the Southern Poverty Law Center

    Featuring Brother’s Rye and Three-Legged Dog

    Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 P.M.

    Speen Hall, Coffeehouse-style with refreshments (please let us know if you can contribute)

    Open to the public, welcoming to all, proudly held at FJC

    Suggested donation: $10 / donations accepted for refreshments

    The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is a leading American legal advocacy non-profit organization specializing in civil rights and public interest litigation. It is especially noted for its legal victories against and tracking of white supremacist groups, hate groups, and other extremist organizations SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the SPLC in 1971 to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, the SPLC has won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten. Its lawsuits have toppled institutional racism and stamped out remnants of Jim Crow segregation; destroyed some of the nation’s most violent white supremacist groups; and protected the civil rights of children, women, the disabled, immigrants and migrant workers, the LGBT community, prisoners, and many others who faced discrimination, abuse or exploitation. Learn more and how to get involved at www.splcenter.org.

    Three-Legged Dog is familiar to many of you as the two-guitar, three-voice trio that performs in a number of genres including folk, rock and American-roots. Consisting of Wendy Nelson, Pamela Rothstein, and Elias Lieberman, with the frequent addition of “fourth leg” Tony Scalisi on percussion, Three-Legged Dog performs exclusively for charitable causes.

    Appearing for the first time at FJC is Brother’s Rye, a Woods Hole based Americana band that channels the spirit of old time jug band music icon, Jim Kweskin, takes a page from hard driving outlaw country legend Hank Williams, and adds just a dash, of the King… of Bluegrass, and Jimmy Martin. The Brother’s Rye have dedicated their musical lives to making sure no one single person leaves the show without smiling, even if it’s just for a little bit. Deftly alternating between originals penned by singer-songwriter Benjamin Lee Paterson and a wide selection of covers, Brother’s Rye offers up a fine blend of “outlaw jug band music” for discerning audiences. Check them out at CD Baby and iTunes, and at  their website at https://brothersrye.com/.

  • New Signs Supporting Transgender Jews

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    Falmouth Jewish Congregation joins Jewish institutions nationwide in honoring and supporting transgender Jews through a recently-introduced sign effort organized by Keshet.  Look for these new signs at FJC and check out the Keshet website for more information about their campaign to support transgender Jews.

    http://www.keshetonline.org/resources/campaign-for-trans-youth/

     

  • Faith Communities Joining in Prayer for Transgender Justice

    Posted ‍‍כב אדר ב' ה תשעז - March 20, 2017 By in Latest News With | Comments Off download

    MARCH 24-26, 2017

    The Supreme Court decided not to hear Gavin Grimm’s case this month, but faith communities are not waiting for the Court to take action. The current environment of intolerance toward transgender people, implicitly condoned by the top levels of government, is having direct impacts on transgender communities. Transgender women of color are paying for it with their lives. Transgender students are being denied access to basic facilities. All while state legislators across the country are filing harmful anti-transgender bills.

    People of faith will not be silent. On March 24-26, faith communities across the country–including Falmouth Jewish Congregation–will join together to pray for transgender justice. Our prayers will be part of our Shabbat service on Friday evening, 3/24, at 7:30 PM.

     

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