CENTRAL REFORM TEMPLE STANDS IN SOLIDARITY AS WE PRAY AND WORK FOR HEALING AND PEACE FOR OUR BELOVED CITY OF BOSTON
Rabbi Berman and CRT members bearing our Torah Scrolls led the interfaith procession of Back Bay congregations in the Memorial Ceremony on Boylston Street on April 21, following the Marathon bombings.
Following the tragic attack at the Boston Marathon, our Temple was deeply involved in the efforts of the Back Bay religious community to reach out and support the people of our city. Joining our fellow congregations of the neighborhood where the events occurred, we were privileged to be a Jewish presence in the many interfaith gatherings and relief efforts that were organized to help and counsel the runners in the hours following the attacks, and to offer opportunities for all Bostonians to find comfort and encouragement in the midst of the fears and sadness.
For the text of Rabbi Berman’s sermon to our congregation and Emmanuel Church on the weekend following the bombing: Reflections_of_Remembrance_and_Healing.
Following those Services on Sunday, April 21, Central Reform Temple and Emmanuel Church joined a procession of all Back Bay congregations to Boylston Street, for a gathering of “reclaiming and reconsecrating the defiled streets of our city.” The procession was led by Temple members bearing our Torah Scrolls, alongside the Cross carried by Emmanuel clergy. We converged at the memorial site, and joined in singing and silence. Hundreds of people stood together in this powerful moment of remembrance and healing. This symbol of the shared unity, faith, and determination of our city was captured by news media throughout the world. Links to many of the news articles can be found below.
We need the grounding of faith and hope at this time, and to be together as a community. We hope that we can begin the healing, and share our presence and support, as our beloved City of Boston moves forward.
Please click on titles to link to article.
Central Reform Temple Confronts the Boston Marathon Attacks
Groups to meet, pray at Marathon barricade in Back Bay
Boston Globe, April 20, 2013
Boston bombings: Marathon finish line becomes a place of worship
Los Angeles Times, April 21, 2013
Healing to begin on Boylston
Boston Herald, April 21, 2013
Singing, healing during Marathon bombing services
Boston Metro, April 21, 2013
Sunday brings faith and healing in Boston
CNN, April 21, 2013
Rabbi leads interfaith service at Boston Marathon bombing site
JewishJournal.com, April 22, 2013
Boston rabbi organizes interfaith prayer at site of Boston Marathon explosions
The Algemeiner, April 23, 2013
The healing begins-What Boston hospitals learned from Israel
New Jersey Jewish News April 24, 2013
Rabbi Berman Letter to Boston Globe on Women’s Religious Equality
Women’s strides set Judiaism apart (Letter from Rabbi Berman)
Boston Globe, April 21, 2013