Almost three thousand years ago, the Prophet Isaiah asked a simple, earth-shaking question - “Is such the fast I desire?” Looking at a Jewish community in the throes of prayer and self-negation on Yom Kippur, he saw past the walls of the temple to the poor starving in the streets, the workers oppressed, and the stranger unhoused and attacked. In the haftarah we read from him on Yom Kippur, he makes it clear that God does not want a fast of “people starving their bodies,” but one of “sharing your bread with the hungry.” HaShem does not want a Yom Kippur simply of negation and ritual, but of direct service and justice. The fast God desires, Isaiah claims, is one of abundance, not just affliction.
Three thousand years later, the Kehilla Community Synagogue makes those words through an opportunity for Direct Service on Yom Kippur.
SHARE YOUR BREAD WITH THE HUNGRY
October 9th, ~2PM, Oakland Scottish Rite Center/The Pergola
During the traditional pilgrimage from morning services at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center, to Kehilla’s synagogue for Ne’ilah, we will be taking the food our community has not eaten for the day - in the form of sandwiches and bottles of water we’ve prepared - and instead of letting it disappear, we will bless it, by offering it over to the hungry.
WE NEED THE FUNDS TO BUY THE SUPPLIES FOR THIS EVENT
Bread, veggie ingredients, water, etc.
Any unspent donations will be given directly to Punks with Lunch - a direct outreach homelessness organization in the East Bay - https://www.punkswithlunch.org/