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Rabbi Lyon's Blog - 11_07_2014
11/07/2014 10:30 AM Posted by:

From the Desk of Rabbi David Lyon
November 6, 2014

 

Post Komen. Two weeks after Yom Kippur, I was joined by ADL Board members in a meeting with members of Komen Houston’s Board, including their executive director and president. The meeting was cordial. It opened with small-world remarks as we identified common acquaintances. What followed was an honest conversation about Jewish priorities and community responsibilities.

                To my mind, the meeting succeeded in conveying important lessons between us. Here are the highlights of our remarks:

 

  • The High Holidays in Judaism are akin to Christmas and Easter in Christianity, not for their religious messages but for the importance they play in Judaism, however one might define his or her level of observance. Other holidays or Festivals are less concerning and wouldn’t pose the same issues.
  • While the Christian community is larger by far, the matter was never and should never have been about demographics. In many ways, the Jewish community’s contributions to Houston are disproportionate to their numbers, having given generously to the arts, culture, medical and business communities, to name just a few. Rather than quantify their roles, we urged Komen to use the ADL calendar of religious holidays to plan for success with every faith tradition in Houston.
  • In its season of repentance, the Jewish community was open to receiving an apology that was personal, specific and contrite. Komen’s only effort, until we met personally, failed to meet those criteria. Offended cultural or religious communities should be addressed according to their norms, respectively.

 

Here are the highlights of Komen’s remarks:

 

  • They determined that the dollars they raise from the Race were critical; they have seasonal obligations to beneficiaries whose work goes directly to research to end breast cancer. Postponing the Race would have jeopardized those funds.
  • Communications will improve as new relationships were created between Komen board members, ADL and rabbis.
  • Determined to beat breast cancer, they urged us to share with you that Komen is serious about their mission and welcomed everyone to help them in our mutual goal to find a cure.

 

As you recall, the alleged infraction was exacerbated by Komen’s ill-fated attempt to apologize to the Jewish community. Now that a proper apology and explanations were exchanged, it’s possible for all of us to move on from this point. As Judaism teaches us, the only real demonstration of one’s repentance (teshuvah) is never to repeat the same offense again when faced with the same set of circumstances. The Jewish community should feel assured that Komen will regard the high Holidays and the holy days of other faith traditions with respect; and, Komen should feel renewed support from those who regard Komen as a means of finding a cure for breast cancer. A disease that afflicts thousands and thousands of people every year, particularly Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent, should benefit from every effort to join hands to champion the health of the women and men we love and need in our lives.

                Finally, thanks to Komen Board members who shared in an open and mutual conversation with us. And, thanks to the Houston Chapter of ADL for their unwavering support of all people who feel discriminated against. They never fail to bring everyone together in the interest of an enduring Community of Respect.


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