Founding Task Force

Rabbi Moshe Levin received his Talmudic education at New York’s Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva and Netzah Yiro’el. Ordained in 1969 from the Conservative Movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary, where he earned an MHL and a Doctor of Divinity Honoris Causa (1996), he served as an Air Force Chaplain in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Rabbi Moshe retired after 47 years in the pulpit The father of six children and the Rabbi Emeritus of both Beth El in La Jolla and Ner Tamid in San Francisco, he continues to serve various Jewish and civic projects.

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Story behind the Menorah Display in Billings, Montana

Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., is founder and director of The Shalom Center, a prophetic voice in Jewish, multi-religious and American life. From 1959 to 1982, he worked in Washington, DC on public policy concerning military strategy and disarmament, race relations, nonviolent action, the Vietnam War, and renewable energy sources. Since 1969 he has been one of the pioneers in the movement to renew the liturgical, intellectual, spiritual, and political life of the American Jewish community.

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Shalom Center Participation
Three More Forms of Observing Yom Kippur


Rabbi Michael Lerner, is Rabbi of Beyt Tikkun, editor of TIKKUN magazine: A Bimonthly Jewish Critique of Politics, Culture and Society, and national chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives (NSP). He is the co-author with Cornel West of a book entitled Jews and Blacks: Let the Healing Begin, and author of 10 other books including Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation, and
 The Politics of Meaning: Restoring Hope and Possibility in and Age of Cynicism.

Abigail Grafton, M.A., M.F.T., is a psychotherapist, coach, and organizational consultant practicing in Berkeley, CA. She was involved in the civil rights, intentional community and antiwar movements. She has been Shomeret (President) of The Aquarian Minyan for the past ten years.
Ami Goodman, MD, a retired physician in San Francisco, has served as a Ba’al Tefilah (prayer leader) and song leader in various Bay area synagogues over the past thirty years. He looks to the liturgy as a series of reminders for personal introspection, accountability, and urgent calls for social action which add to Tikkun Olam – the healing of our broken world.

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18 Minute YK Walkout

Aryae Coopersmith is co-founder of the Coastside Torah Circle in the Bay Area, where “the circle is the rebbe.” In 1960s San Francisco, Aryae was co-founder of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s House of Love and Prayer, and chronicled the story in his book, Holy Beggars. After closing his Silicon Valley business in 2013, he founded One World Lights (OWL), a community of global citizens around the world with the shared vision of “supporting a course-change for humanity by supporting each other.”

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