Sukkot is known as the most joyful holiday of the Jewish year. Its hallmarks are a return to the gentle embrace of nature, audacious hospitality, and an open heart to those who have neither home nor shelter. We’ll savor this week of communion with our natural world by shaking the lulav, dwelling outside in the sukkah, and reflecting on our responsibility to provide for all. Most especially, we look forward to celebrating the leadership of Rabbi Todd Silverman on the first night of Sukkot, Shabbat evening, October 2 at 6:00pm.
SHABBAT SUKKOT AND CELEBRATION OF RABBI SILVERMAN
Friday, October 2 at 6:00pm
We will celebrate the leadership of Rabbi Todd Silverman as he becomes Associate Rabbi on the first night of Sukkot, Shabbat evening, October 2 at 6:00pm. More opportunities to wish Rabbi Silverman a Mazel Tov in person will be announced soon!
TIME IN THE CONGREGATIONAL SUKKAH
Monday, October 5 – Thursday, October 8, 10:30am – 7:30pm
Friday, October 9, 10:00am – 5:00pm
The congregational sukkah at Touro will be open during the week of Sukkot: Monday, October 5 through Friday, October 9 for members to enjoy at their leisure. Stop by any time during the hours listed above – bring your lunch, a book, or a friend for conversation! Please be sure to wear your mask and observe distancing from others.
LEARNING IN THE SUKKAH
WITH OUR GREATER NEW ORLEANS COMMUNITY PARTNERS FOR JUSTICE
These learning sessions will be held in-person, in the congregational sukkah, weather permitting. Space for in-person attendance is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible. Our speakers’ sessions will also be streamed so that congregants may engage virtually.
- Tuesday, October 6 at 12:00pm
with Kaitlin Karpinski, Principal, & Jonathan Johnson, Founder and CEO of Rooted School
Rooted School exists to provide students personal pathways to financial freedom.
Kaitlin Karpinski is School Leader at Rooted School New Orleans. A member of the founding Rooted School team, Kaitlin served as a curriculum consultant and Assistant School Leader until she moved into the School Leader position. Highly qualified in Mathematics, English, and Special Education, Kaitlin has taught in traditional and charter public high schools in Hawaii, Indiana, and Louisiana and worked for Teach for America as a Corps Member and Advisor. Kaitlin earned her Masters of Education degree at University of Hawaii at Manoa, majoring in Special Education with a focus on Mild to Moderate Disabilities, and her Bachelor’s degree from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania, having majored in Musical Theatre.
Jonathan Johnson is the founder and CEO of Rooted School. Rooted School is a nonprofit based in New Orleans that partners with communities across the U.S. to open charter high schools that provide underestimated youth earlier paths to living-wage jobs while addressing local talent gaps, starting with the growing technology sector. A graduate of Chapman University, he has been nationally recognized as a “Change-Maker” by The 74. He was recognized by the Fishman Prize for Excellence in Teaching and as an emerging social innovator by Echoing Green — among the one percent of entrepreneurs in the world to receive this honor. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s The Giving Pledge campaign recognized Jonathan as one of the most innovative school builders in the country. By many accounts, his work is considered one of the most ambitious projects in charter school history.
- Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30pm
with Julie Ward, Founder of Home is Here Migrant Housing Project
The Migrant Housing Project exists to grow capacity for migrant housing and hospitality in New Orleans and the Gulf South.
Julie Ward is the current Director of Immigration and Refugee Services at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, which serves immigrants and refugees in the Greater New Orleans area through legal representation, social support, and ESL programming. Ms. Ward is an immigration attorney and has been an advocate for immigrants and refugees for almost 20 years. She has spent much of her career working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in D.C., Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean to ensure humanitarian protections for refugees and other displaced people in detention, urban areas, and refugee camps. Ms. Ward has served as the Louisiana State Refugee Coordinator, as well as a Pro Bono Coordinator for attorneys representing unaccompanied immigrant children. Ms. Ward grew up in Los Angeles, and New Orleans is her chosen home. Ms. Ward comes from a family of refugees, and believes in the power of our stories – both individual and collective – to build power, community, and connection.
- Thursday, October 8 at 6:00pm
with Rev. Gregory T. Manning, Founder of the Greater New Orleans Interfaith Climate Coalition
The GNOICC exists to establish working objectives to green faith communities, address environmental injustice, and preserve the environment.
Reverend Gregory T. Manning believes firmly that everyone’s life has a story. This present chapter of his life includes a strong commitment to the ministry of Broadmoor Community Church, community organizing, and the consistent fight to dismantle systemic institutional racism on all fronts. Pastor Manning is the founder and chairman of the Greater New Orleans Interfaith Climate Coalition. He has been deeply engaged in the fight against the petrochemical industry’s poisoning of river parishes as facilitator for Coalition Against Death Alley. Pastor Manning is co-moderator for Justice and Beyond and serves on the steering committee for the Peoples DA Coalition to elect a progressive district attorney for New Orleans. Pastor Manning also enjoys serving on the board of directors of The Greater New Orleans YMCA, The Lighthouse of Louisiana, The Salvation Army, and Rebecca’s Garden of Hope.
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