Juneteenth Kabbalat Shabbat
Join Rabbi Sandra Lawson, rabbinical student Dr. Koach Baruch Frazer, and Rabbi Josh Lesser as we honor this U.S. national holiday marking the date confirming freedom to the last remaining enslaved people in the South and West. Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, very few people were immediately freed. A full two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two long months after Richmond fell, the last enslaved African Americans in Texas were pronounced free people.
Our Kabbalat Shabbat service centers the voices of Jews of Color and welcomes everyone of all observance levels and faiths on this Independence Day. Come celebrate with us as we honor this day through a Jewish lens that African-Americans have observed for more than 150 years.