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                                Social Action /Social Justice

beth schafer


Like so many of you, I took to the streets of my city (Atlanta) to protest alongside my black brothers and sisters in the wake of multiple horrific crimes against black people. While this is not the first time I have protested for racial justice, it felt different. The rage, the desperation, was beyond palpable. I could feel it in my body. It moved me to tears. I allowed myself to absorb their pain.  The chant, "I can't jog, I can't breathe, I can't be black in America," will forever ring in my conscience. 

I came home stirred, agitated and restless. Two days later I wrote, "I Can't Breathe," and began recording it that evening. By end of week Marlon Patton had laid down drum tracks from Brooklyn and Will Robertson was adding bass and vocals here in Atlanta. He mixed the project in a day. While I'm still waiting for it to be available via streaming and download outlets, a music video is available now for you to see and hear. I'm screaming. I'm screaming. I'm screaming. 


You can help spread this message best by sharing it with your friends and in your social justice circles.

We can't be silent. We are needed both in body and in spirit. Let's be the source of strength and hope I know we can be. As long as one person is still screaming, we must scream too.

If you want to make a difference, please consider a donation to The Equal Justice Initiative!/donation/checkout.

Stay safe and healthy,







Learn To Make A Difference


 Resources on what it means to be an ally:


Resources for economic and racial justice:


Additional resources:

Family ­Care, Community ­Care and Self ­Care Tool Kit: Healing in the Face of Cultural Trauma, Association of Black Psychologists

Sacramento Black Community Healing Circles


Rabbi Nancy Speaks at the NAACP Rally in Sacramento 


                          Resources For Coronavirus

Caring for our Family!

During this health emergency, Congregation Beth Shalom will be following all government advisories to help further prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.  This includes the suspension of weekly Shabbat services, all classes and other gatherings.  Our staff and board of directors are working to use technology to continue to offer services, counseling, and education.  We will also be using our Facebook public and group pages to reach out to you as well. 

Rabbi Nancy and other Temple member leadership will be calling CBS members to check in to make sure you are doing okay.  If you need help in any way, please email us or call the temple office at 916-485-4478.

Mon, October 26 2020 8 Cheshvan 5781