Another Saturday night event in Brookline - benefit to support aid efforts in Darfur
I am occupied with my own event early on Saturday evening this week, but when it is over and I have played the last bit of klezmer or new Yiddish song, I intend to wander over to a place near Temple Beth Zion and check out something advertised as a "Save Darfur! Sing for Justice and Joy!" What reasonable person could say no?
These events are happening at something that I have just heard of, called the "Moishe/Kavod Jewish Social Justice House," which apparently has branches around the US; this particular one being in Washington Square, Brookline. I gotta say, as a graduate of wonderful, sometimes effective, lefty collectives in Jerusalem and the San Francisco Bay Area, that I am pleased as punch to realize that the idea is still popular. I am also fired up and pissed that almost since the current president was first elected by our Supreme Court we have been talking about taking action in Darfur and fuck-all has happened. It is unconscionable. If this sort of event helps remind us and keep the pressure on to change that situation, I'm all for it. And, who knows, this Minna Bromberg might be good!
As they wrote in the email invite I received: In this season of approaching Purim, remember that, just as Mordechai tells Esther when the Jews face genocide in Shushan, "Who knows? Perhaps for this very crisis you have [attained your position]," so too are we called on to stand up in the face of genocide.