Moreover, we exceeded our goal of $1000, raising over $1500 for breast cancer research and support for people who are dealing with the disease. You can still contribute to the cause on our Team page.
CHJ members participated in the Tent of Abraham traditional Ramadan break fast, Iftar, on Sunday, July 28th, 2013. Meeting on McLevy Green in downtown Bridgeport, attendees were assigned to tables based on their faith affiliation, insuring that each table had a mix of people to meet and ask questions and discuss the theme of the event: my tradition, our community. CHJ member Beth Ulman was one of the panelists who answered questions from the moderator and attendees about issues raised in the keynote speaker's address. Sitting between the Unitarian Minister and the Conservative Rabbi, she did a brilliant job of representing Humanistic Judaism on the spectrum of Jewish thought and practice. “Like you Rabbi Daniel, we update our Jewish practices for modern times. As for our community, we believe the power to effect change in all areas of our lives lies exclusively in our own hands,” Beth explained.
The muzzein's haunting and beautiful call to prayer was enjoyed by all and then we watched and listened to the Muslim evening prayer, a mixture of prayer and movements in response to the prayer sung by another muzzein. There were familiar words--mercy in Arabic sounds very much like rachmones in Hebrew. There were familiar movements--one wonders if Mohammed met gurus and did yoga with them. It was a beautiful service to witness.The fast was broken at 8:14 pm with dates and water, and then we got to eat the traditional Iftar meal we had been smelling: lamb, rice, salad, and tzatziki.Thanks to Myrna and Elsa and Gail for attending all the planning meetings, to Myrna and Mike Retsky for setting up the tables, to Robb Sauerstrow for schlepping and serving dinners, to Beth for being our spokeswoman, and to the CHJ members who attended. Next Tent of Abraham event will be a Thanksgiving program, probably at the United Congregational Church in downtown Bridgeport. Details will follow.
CHJ was a sponsor again of the annual Darwin Day celebration, this year at Continental Manor in Norwalk. A snowstorm caused the event to be postponed one week to Feb. 16th. Channel 12 News covered the party. Why do we celebrate Darwin Day? Here's why:
The major event of the evening followed a Science Quiz
Seventeen of us gathered at Sherwood Island on Oct 24 2010 for our annual march to support the fight to beat breast cancer. The CHJ Jane Horkel Team marchers and their supporters (many of whom were making sandwiches at Mitzvah Day) raised over $500 (exact figure TBD) in contributions. We vowed next year to: