Recently, three of our IJC giur, conversion, students went before the Beit Din, the rabbinic board, and were accepted as full members of the Jewish people on 12 February 2017 corresponding to 17 Shevat 5777.
The UK has just announced that it will stop receiving children under the Dubs amendment to the Immigration Act of 2016, which required the UK to bring unaccompanied refugee children to the UK. While there are other means by which the UK accepts refugees, both children and adults, the ministerial statement by British Home Office is worrying. All the more so in light of past refusal by other EU countries to accept refugees, particularly from the Middle East and Donald Trump’s recent executive order banning refuges, specifically those from certain predominantly Muslim countries.
Hopefully, this summer many of you were able to get away for a bit, take a break from your routine and relax. I know that for me, spending some time in the sun was a great opportunity to recharge my batteries. For a lot of us, the summer is a period of less stress, vacations, time off.
My sincere thanks to the IJC family for all its support over the past months. The IJC is an extraordinary community and I regularly feel blessed to be a part of it. You all have my gratitude and appreciation.
Two days ago, In the United States during Gay Pride month, 49 people were killed and 53 wounded in the Pulse, a gay night club in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts go out to the families of those who were murdered and those injured.
We stand in solidarity with the survivors of this horrific shooting, and the LGBT community that has been faced with so much violence, discrimination and abuse. No one should ever live in fear because of who they are and the peaceful choices they make about how to live their lives. As a community and as human beings we cannot abide the pain and suffering to which people who are LGBT are routinely subjected.
One of the more well-known stories towards the beginning of the Book of Genesis is the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). After the flood, human beings who all speak one shared language, multiply and migrate. They decide to build a city and a tower to make a name for themselves in order not to be scattered across the world.
We just celebrated a wonderful warm Pesach seder. Special thanks go to all those who helped make the seder happen and in particular Diane Vermunicht who went above and beyond for us all.