Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Before the firestorm hit

Another cold and freezing day. Pat O says -11 for those of us who live in centigrade…He’s come early to prepare for the Center Board meeting, working up a DIY strategy for moving forward.

When the Center Board arrives, Pat uses the Mind Manager program to visually present the big picture of where we now are. RL is watching quietly but rises to share his step by step pay as you go top to bottom strategy to demonstrate life and then  draw in the needed support. And we spend time preparing for the meeting with community people tomorrow morning at 7:30 am, our regular can’t believe I’m up for this time.

Mim and Ted and Asya and Jamie and Marsha and I decide to head to the B for dinner. Controversy at our three friends’ synagogue (B'Nai Jeshurun) where their rabbis have spoken out about our new mayor’s cozying up to the American Israel Political Action Committee (AIPAC), one of the most powerful lobbies in the US. They don’t speak for all of us, the rabbis said before the firestorm hit. Hard to stand tough. Ted will bemoan the general lack of courage of American faith community leadership. And say, We've to to stand in the tradition of Heschel.

Leaving I notice Geoffrey still asleep in the pews. He’s come in from the cold. I wake him, time to go now, Geoffrey. As he recovers from being startled he says, Oh thanks and heads out to the cold.

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