Rabbis Without Borders: Taking a Break from the Protests

February 28, 2017

"When my friends ask me how I like my new job, I halfheartedly complain that it’s interfering with my protest schedule. Now that I’m teaching full-time, I’m mostly limited to weekend rallies. Just this week, I saw pictures on Facebook of my colleagues at the State Capitol and felt sorry that I couldn’t miss school to be with them....

During the last two years I’ve spent my free time doing advocacy work for SOJOURN: The Southern Jewish Resource Network for Gender and Sexual Diversity, and for their partner organizations Georgia Equality and Georgia Unites Against Discrimination. In particular, we were fighting discriminatory legislation, so-called Religious Freedom bills, which would have harmed LGBTQ+ people and other vulnerable citizens in Georgia. This weekend, I was honored along with my friend and Rabbis Without Borders colleague, Michael Bernstein, to receive the Michael J. Kinsler Rainmaker Award for our advocacy efforts and for making our places of work and worship inclusive and welcoming to all people. We took a break from protesting to celebrate at SOJOURN’s annual costume gala, Purim Off Ponce."

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By Rabbi Pamela Jay Gottfried, a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow, from the Rabbis Without Borders Blog on My Jewish Learning.com