Chag Urim Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!
There is a modern tradition that for each candle of Chanuka, the Holiday of Dedication, we might think about or direct a gift of tzedakah to people who exemplify dedication to justice, freedom, or hope. Today I learned that my friend and colleague Rabbi David Rosenn will be moving on from the organization he founded some fifteen years ago called AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps.
Avodah began in New York and now operates as well in Chicago, New Orleans, and Washington. In each place, a group of post-college Jewish young adults live in a "bayit" together and are placed in anti-poverty organizations. They learn about organizing and advocacy, as well as Jewish teachings about social justice. They create their home and their Jewish community. Here's to David, and to Avodah!
Here are some miscellaneous musical resources for Chanuka:
- Hear NPR's Fresh Air interview last year with Erran Baron Cohen (brother of Sacha), who put out a terrific modern hip-hop-ish Chanuka album. Lots of clips from the music.
- Here's an all-purpose site with links to songsheets and music to listen to