Upcoming Special Events!

Here’s what to expect this summer:

Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
WWAC, together with 118 Elliot, will present an event organized by
Jerusalem Peacebuilders
A Screening of
“Within the Eye of the Storm”
This film tells the story of a Palestinian and an Israeli who were once dedicated fighters willing to kill and be killed by one another for their nations who, when faced with the tragic loss of their daughters in the conflict, chose to do the unexpected and instead of seeking revenge, turned from enemies into brothers.
Film will be followed by group discussions with participants from the
Jerusalem Peacebuilders’ Vermont Leadership Institute

Event Location: 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot St. Brattleboro VT 05301

For more info please visit https://www.windhamworldaffairscouncil.org

In June, another Brattleboro group will present a program which may be of interest to our WWAC audience, especially to those who appreciated our last event, “Youth Demand Action on Climate Change” on June 5.

On June 19 @ 6 pm, also at 118 Elliot, Brattleboro Common Sense will be offering a free screening of “Ice on Fire!,” a documentary which focuses on solutions designed to slow down our environmental crisis, After the film there will be group discussions of climate solutions.

Welcome Center Coffee/Refreshment Break

BAJC has a great opportunity to raise money, have fun, and make new friends this fall.  We were lucky to get a slot for Coffee Break at the Welcome Center (on I-91, just south of Exit One) on Thursday, October 10th.  The fundraising committee is already making plans and preparing for the big day, but it requires lots of assistance from BAJC members to make it a successful fundraiser.  Volunteer now to donate two hours (or more!) of your time to greet people and serve goodies, and/or to donate needed items, such as brownies, cookies, cupcakes, bagels, cream cheese, butter, gluten-free items, cheese and crackers, yogurt, coffee, lemonade, water, doggie treats,  ice, cooler chests, and more. If you can’t be at the Welcome Center during the day, you could be a huge help at the shul to help unload leftovers and equipment at the shul at the end of the day. Every BAJC member can contribute to this fundraiser in some way! Call Deb (802-275-6124) or Wendy (802-258-3883) to volunteer. They will give you more details about what is needed and  times for drop-off and pick-up and will be happy to keep track of who is volunteering and for what. We really need your help, so please get on board early for this event!

What’s Next on the BAJC Social Justice Agenda?

By Laura Berkowitz and Jim Levinson

 

Some years back our Brattleboro Interfaith Initiative developed the idea of a “carbon fast” which church members could do during Lent – one eco-friendly action a day. The idea has gone viral. Just Google on Carbon Fast.

 

But why should this idea be limited to the church goers?!? Why not commemorate the month of Elul – before the High Holidays (a time of reflection and preparation) with a BAJC Save-The-Planet-for-our-Kids action program. This means that every morning during Elul, BAJC members and others who sign up would receive an “action” to carry out during the day.

 

Here are some examples:

 

  •       Remove one light bulb from a light in your home (without creating an unsafe situation).
  •       Ensure that your cell phone charger is unplugged when not in use. Many electronics and appliances continue to draw power even when they are off.
  •       Set a timer for 5 minutes before your shower, and see how your normal shower length compares.
  •       Only run your washing machine when you have a full load. Using the cold water setting saves energy.
  •       Take a walk in your community. Greet your neighbors with a smile. Listen to the birds, look at the trees, and feel the rain, snow, or sun on your face. Rejoice in all creation!

 This would, of course, be publicized in our newsletter and message and through local papers and other media outlets – including by our Compassionate Brattleboro committee.  The Brattleboro Interfaith Leadership Alliance may do the same in its congregations during Lent. Let’s lead in bringing this lovely awareness activity to our local faith communities!

 

Let’s put BAJC on the Social Action map!