Now that a few days have passed and the edge has worn off of the shock, the women of Sisterhood have begun to react to the Charlottesville tragedy in some constructive ways. People I've talked with have expressed sadness and fear, but also courage and resolution. There is a sense of optimism - that this isn't 1932. That, this time, we know who and what we're facing, and we don't stand alone against it.
Our Sisterhood, through its affiliation with Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), has made a donation to the local Reform Congregation in Charlottesville (which, coincidentally, is also named Beth Israel), to help them with their security needs and social justice efforts. You can read about it, and other positive actions the WRJ is taking in response to this tragedy, in this Advocacy Update from WRJ.
Carol Calvery expressed her feelings in writing and asked me to share them with you here:
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