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Thursday, August 27th, 7 pm: Black History Study Group

Friday. August 28th, 7 PM: Online Shabbat Service 

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Shalom Chaverim!

I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during these trying times. 

We had hoped for a chance to have a live gathering for our annual shabbat picnic, but sadly, it is still just not safe to do so. For now, the safest way to connect continues to be virtual. We are continuing with zoom Torah study every Saturday morning, and will have a zoom fourth friday Shabbat service.

We have also made the decision for the High Holy Days to be virtual this year, and we will have Rabbi Sarah Rubin lead us once again. I will be sending out more information later this month, including a fee schedule for the services and exact times and zoom links. Stay posted for that special edition of the Havurah Happenings!

We will be offering one live activity; Phil Cushman will be facilitating a study group on Black history and meeting with small groups of no more than five participants on the Havurah lawn. Scroll down to learn more and get involved! There may also be a zoom option for this group, so stay posted on the details.

The High Holy Days are just over six weeks away. We look forward to gathering together as a community, albeit virtually, and setting new intentions for this unpredictable year ahead.


Suzanne Greenberg and the Board of Vashon Havurah


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August 8
Parashat Eikev / פרשת עקב

Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25 (triennial 7:12 - 9:3)
"And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully..."

August 15
Parashat Re'eh / פרשת ראה

Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17 (triennial 11:26 - 12:28)
"See, this day I set before you blessing and curse..."

August 22
Parashat Shoftim / פרשת שופטים

Deuteronomy 16:18 - 21:9 (16:18 - 18:5)
"You shall appoint magistrates and officials for your tribes, in all the settlements..., and they shall govern the people with due justice."

August 29
Parashat Ki Teitzei / פרשת כי־תצא

Deuteronomy 21:10 - 25:19 (21:10 - 23:7)
"When you take the field against your enemies..."

Everyone is welcome to join these illuminating and warm discussions - no preparation required!

 Learn more about the Havurah Torah study group on our website 


Kabbalat Shabbat Zoom Service

Friday, August 28th, 7 PM

Many thanks to all who joined our July Fourth Friday Shabbat evening service on Zoom! Yael Yanich led us in a very sweet singing shabbat evening, and we were joined by members of Coolanu, a sister havurah in Seattle!


Please join us this month on July 28th. The leader is still pending, but we will be there to greet the Sabbath bride!

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Vashon Havurah Black History Reading Group 2020

Administrator: Phil Cushman

Five Thursday evenings at 7 pm 
Beginning Thursday, August 27th

Please contact Phil Cushman to register and receive entry information.

At this tumultuous time in American history with both the need to rise up for social justice and yet the necessity of protecting oneself and/or family from the dangerous virus, it is difficult for many of us to know what to do to fight and also stay safe from the disease. For this reason, Vashon Havurah is offering a five-session study group about Black history in the United States; a small, peer-oriented group study and discussion experience, built not on confrontation but on mutual help and encouragement. Readings are from a few important writings both past and present, written not to accuse or shame but to inform and inspire. 
Book chapters, articles, and novels will be read by participants and discussed at five meetings.  Meetings begin Thursday August 28 at 7:00 pm in the back of the Havurah meadow (weather permitting), and conducted in small groups or Zoomed if necessary.  Meetings will be run according to the (very loose) arrangements that govern the weekly Havurah Torah study meetings: 1) no one is considered the expert, 2) everyone gets the group’s respect and the opportunity to speak, and 3) there is no single, transcendent truth in the text.
Participants will buy three books online (marked by *), single chapters and short articles will be scanned and sent out on email, and a small donation will be requested to cover the cost of copying and scanning. 

1st Meeting: Slavery and Reconstruction
Simpich, “Building a Culture of Solidarity, Not Shame and White Fragility”
Franklin, From Slavery to Freedom, chapter XIV, “That Peculiar Institution” pp. 185-213­­
*Anderson, White Rage, chapter One, “Reconstructing Reconstruction,” pp. 7-38

2nd Meeting: The Jim Crow Era I
Chalmers, Hooded Americanism, chapter 2 “The Clan Rides 1865-71” pp.8-21 & chapter 4 “The Klan Revival 1915-1921” pp. 28-38.
Wright, Uncle Tom’s Children, “The Ethics of Living Jim Crow: An Autobiographical Sketch”

3rd Meeting: The Jim Crow Era II; The Immediate Post-WWII Years
Anderson, White Rage, chapter Three, “Burning Brown to the Ground,” pp.67-97
*Mullen, Darktown.: A Novel

4th Meeting: 1960s-1980
*Lewis, Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, 
“Freedom Ride,” pp.115-258
Anderson, White Rage, chapter four, “Rolling Back Civil Rights,” pp. 98-137
Williams, “You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument”

5th Meeting: 1980-present
*M. Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
E. Alexander, “The Trayvon Generation” 
With all of our programming moved to Zoom Meetings, here are some simple directions for getting onto Zoom:

If you are using a laptop or desktop with webcam and microphone, click the “join zoom meeting” link, and your default browser will open a zoom window. You do not need to create an account.  Depending on your security settings, you may get a banner asking if you want to download or run the Zoom program. Click “yes” or “agree” or “run”.

If you are using a phone or tablet, go to and download the Zoom mobile app from the App Store or Google Play. You do not need to create an account. When you click the “join zoom meeting” link, the app will open.
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