January WCDF Monthly Prayer Vigil led by Jewish Youth for Social Action

This past Saturday we had our monthly vigil at West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA. It was led by the Jewish Youth for Community Action, an innovative leadership training empowering Jewish youth for social action, and Kehilla Community Synagogue.

It was a beautiful, prayerful and moving time where we heard testimonies, chanted and even shared poetry.  Watch video of one of the chants.

Norma Smith, from Kehilla Community Synagogue, shared her poem “This God Justice” during the vigil, of which we would like to share an excerpt:
“This god, Justice
Is an atheist.
It’s not what it
Sounds like: she’s not
A non-believer, oh, no,
                                      He isn’t…

“My name
Is Jeremiah. I want you
To do good. I will
Argue you
Into it, I will
Persuade you, warn you,
threaten you,
love you more
than your understanding
can understand. I will
believe in you. I will walk around
with you. Even
when you want
to stop your ears, attack
and imprison me”

Watch another video where a youth shares a story.

We hope you can join us next month, February 1st, where InnerCHANGE, a missionary order among the poor, will lead the vigil. You won’t want to miss out!


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