In God’s Name:
December 16th, 2010 / ערב של 10 בטבת
7:30pm in Brooklyn, NY
Rally at Parade Grounds of Prospect Park in Brooklyn & March up Ocean Parkway, through historic Flatbush neighborhood
In God’s Name: Hate is the Abomination took place on the eve of the 10th of Tevet, the National Remembrance Day of those who have died in violence whose names might not otherwise be remembered.
To learn more about the connection between the 10th of Tevet and “In God’s Name,” watch this video:
“Many of us are deeply concerned about the rising tide of violence against LGBTQ people, here in the United States and all over the world,” said Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), New York City’s synagogue for LGBTQ Jews. “As Jews, we are horrified at the anti-gay bigotry coming in the name of Judaism at many of our youth, Jewish and non-Jewish.”
Hate warps the lives of all involved: the victims and the perpetrators. In light of all the suicides by LGBTQ youth and violence done against our community, we are making explicit the connection between this violence and the hateful rhetoric made by some fringe Jewish clergy.
On December 16th, we will gather and rally inside the Parade Grounds of Prospect Park. (The Parade Ground is located at the southern end of the Park, on Coney Island Ave. between Caton and Parkside Avenues.
Speakers will include Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum of CBST; Rabbi Maurice Appelbaum of Congregation Ahavas Israel in Brooklyn; Idit Klein, Executive Director of Keshet; Stuart Appelbaum, President of Jewish Labor Committee and Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union; Jake Goodman, co-Founder of Queer Rising; and NY State politician TBA shortly. The rally will culminate with a communal recitation of the Kaddish Mourner’s Prayer, Jews and non-Jews remembering all those whose lives have been destroyed due to anti-LGBTQ violence.
For a video tutorial on how to recite the Kaddish, watch this video:
Immediately after the rally, we will march in solidarity up Ocean Parkway, through the historic Flatbush neighborhood. The parade will end near Ocean Parkway and 18th Avenue (near the 18th Ave. stop on the F Train).
Endorsing Partners of In God’s Name include: The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah – CBST, Keshet, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, Storahtelling, Nehirim, Jewish Chicks Rock, The Power Online, Project ACHIEVE and Columbia University Medical Center, OUTmedia.
Members of the Jewish community are encouraged to sign the “Do Not Stand Idly By: A Jewish Community Pledge to Save Lives” pledge, created by Keshet, the national organization working for the full inclusion of GLBT Jews in Jewish life, in which Jewish individuals and organizations commit to taking a stand against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and violence from within the Jewish community.
Additionally, people are encouraged to create video messages of welcoming as part of the “Strength Through Community Project“ created by CBST.
Finally, if you would like your synagogue, organization or community to participate and would like help doing so, please email Jake Goodman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars for a special evening, Thursday, December 16th at 7:30pm!
Rise up with us!
Queer Rising’s Press Announcement on the 72nd Anniversary of Kristallnacht at CBST in NYC. Part 1, featuring Speakers: Jake Goodman (Queer Rising), Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (CBST), Rick Landman (CBST, Father and Grandfather arrested on Kristallnacht), Mordechai Levovitz (Co-Found and Co-Director of JQYouth).
We will begin with a rally at 7:30pm on Field 1 of the Parade Grounds of Prospect Park. You can get there in the following ways:
- Take the B/Q Trains to Church Ave
- Take the F Train to Ft. Hamilton Pkwy
- Take the B-68 Bus along Coney Island Ave. to Parkside Avenue
- Take a cab to Coney Island Avenue & Parkside Avenue
**Please see the interactive Google map below to see the exact location, as well as detailed walking instructions from both train stations. To access walking directions, simply click on one of the map’s highlighted paths.