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Meet Elliot Helman

There are a lot of things I believe in that I see embodied at Or Shalom: the power of collective study and action, the importance of deep connections to a beloved community, and the moral core that can be built from Jewish thought and teaching. This is what holds my commitment to being part of Or Shalom.

There are also things that I do not believe in that for a long time prevented me from being part of a Jewish community: God and Zionism. It is not any belief in God but rather my Jewish values that drive my commitment to work for the liberation of the oppressed and marginalized- here in the US, around the world, and in Israel/Palestine. It is because I am a Jew that I feel I must take a stand in support of the rights of the Palestinian people.

Because I can bring all of myself- what I believe in as well as what I do not believe in, and still be welcomed in this community is why I commit myself to Or Shalom membership. 

Through my involvement at Or Shalom, I have developed many deep relationships with people here who are doing the work, in many different ways, of repairing this broken world. And as important as everything else I have gained from my involvement in this community, I have also learned to really hear and to love, people with whom I may disagree politically or religiously, but through our shared commitment to this community, we really do become family.

The financial support I give to Or Shalom not only gets me all of this, but also a rock star of a Rabbi who, in spite of the fact that I insist I have no interest in affairs of the spiritual realm, is a wise, courageous, and inspiring spiritual leader.

Fri, July 10 2020 18 Tammuz 5780