Friday, February 17 at 6 pm
Saturday, February 18 at 8:45 am
Temple Israel, Long Beach
In-person and livestream services
This past summer the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the decision that made abortion a constitutionally protected right for 49 years. In the wake of this Supreme Court ruling, 17 states have moved to ban or restrict abortion access, leaving millions of pregnant people without access to vital healthcare. NCJW, along with over 50 co-sponsors, is creating a Jewish movement by carving out a moment to honor reproductive freedom and justice over Shabbat. We need to say loudly and proudly that government should stay out of our healthcare decisions, and that access to abortion is integral to health, safety, and equity.
This year NCJW GLB & WOC Advocacy Committee is co-sponsoring special Repro Shabbat services to be held at Temple Israel Long Beach. On Friday, February 17 at 6:00 pm, Rabbi Scott Fox will lead a service that highlights the importance of reproductive justice. Local church congregations will also be invited to attend. On Saturday, February 18 at 8:45 am, Rabbi Fox will lead a discussion during Torah Study of that Torah portion, Mishpatim, which forms the basis of the Jewish approach to reproductive freedom. It’s the story of an accidental miscarriage that teaches us much about how Judaism does, and doesn’t, regard the personhood of a fetus. Interactive conversations among participants will follow.
Both services will be in person, but can also be joined virtually here.
The four blue links are for Friday night, and the red Zoom link is for Saturday morning.