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This Shabbat is known as Shabbat Shirah (“the Shabbat of Song) because our Torah portion, B’shalach from Exodusincludes the victory song that Israel offers after salvation at the Sea of Reeds. The poem, called Shirat Hayam (“Song of the Sea”), is attributed to Moses and is the source of the very familiar Mi Chamochah  prayer, which celebrates Israelite freedom from slavery. By coincidence, the Gregorian calendar has us at MLK weekend, which is a celebration of civil rights and the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here at Temple Am Echad we will observe and celebrate both with a very special musical Gospel Shabbat. Please join us for a worship experience praising and thanking God for acts of the past and the encouragement to continue fighting to make the world as it should be. May we find ourselves blessed thoughout this special week with many opportunities for tikkun olam.

Rabbi Sandra M. Bellush