Elul: where we are, where we want to go

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This weekend marks the beginning of the month of Elul, the last month of the Hebrew calendar.

As the final month before Rosh Hashanah, Elul is a time to reflect on where we stand and where we want to be going.

This process of introspection is called "cheshbon hanefesh" - literally meaning "accounting of the soul".

As Jews and Minnesotans, this process carries a lot of weight in our communities; most of us can agree that where we stand right now is not where we want to be.

We must account for all of our neighbors that are threatened with eviction and displacement, not just due to the pandemic, but also due to

We must account for how our responses to antisemitic threats sometimes fall into repeated narratives that marginalize Jews of Color and undermine our relationship with other communities.

We must account for how our current systems of public safety have failed to keep us, and especially BIPOC folks, safe.

But this week we had a glimpse of where we can go when we come together.

JCA member and longtime Southwest Minneapolis resident Ariella Tilsen spoke at a rally for Yes 4 Minneapolis in support of a new Department of Public Safety that will give all communities the tools to keep us safe.

You can watch the video here.

By standing in coalition with this grassroots Black-led movement, we can move closer to a safer, more equitable Minneapolis.

When we come together, we get a little bit closer to where we want to be.

As you conduct your own cheshbon hanefesh over the next month, stay tuned for opportunities to turn that introspection into action.

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