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More Courage

More Courage
Pico Union Project presents More Courage
Produced by Jewish Women’s Theatre & NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership

Thursday, May 18th ~ 7:30 pm

Stories of bravery and courage from Muslims and Jews that have changed lives and inspired us all.  Explore personal topics that range from forbidden love and marriage between Jews and Arabs, to the struggles of a transgender Hasidic rabbi and thoughts regarding the teachings about women in the Quran.

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A God Squad Reflection: Reverent Nat Katz

Reverend Nat KatzFrom what I understand, this reflection should reach your inbox right around a time of sacred importance to several religious and cultural traditions. At the forefront of my mind as an Episcopal priest with the last name Katz are Passover and Holy Week.

These holy observances revolve around memory. To be more accurate, they revolve around inherited memories. We find ourselves curiously united to others by re-telling stories of events that occurred in a distant, ancient past.

Memory is one of the most powerful aspects of our humanity. Memory provides us with our sense of identity – where we come from and who we come from. It can just as easily and effectively tell us who and what we are not. History is rife with examples of the way that memory – especially inherited memory – has been used to appeal to our most violent human tendencies, as well as our most compassionate ones.

So, what about the memories of these holy days makes them transformative for us today?

I would argue that they provide us with examples of Holy Vulnerability. Passover summons the memory of a journey from stability as slaves to a tenuous and vulnerable freedom. It is in Holy Week that Jesus exhorts his closest friends to remember him as a servant and teacher willing to subject himself to the furthest extent of human vulnerability in his betrayal and execution.

In both Passover and Holy Week, we remember that God is never so present to us as human beings as when we are at our most vulnerable. The memories of these holy days remind us that we can choose to make ourselves vulnerable and that if we have the courage to do so, we will find that we are not alone. God is already there.

Number Or Days

Number Our DaysA little video something for your viewing pleasure.

Youth for Youth Fair

Youth for Youth FairSunday, April 23rd
12:30 – 3:00pm
Pico Union Project

A day of learning, service, and advocacy around the issue of youth homelessness. Assemble hygiene packs for homeless at the event. Sponsored by MAJIC (Muslims & Jews Inspiring Change), NewGround’s High School Leadership Council.

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Spaceland & Dubland Present BING & RUTH + Alex Izenberg

Bind and Ruth + Alex IzenbergSpaceland & Dubland Present…

BING & RUTH + Alex Izenberg
Monday, April 17th
The Sanctuary @ Pico Union Project

Doors Open: 7:30pm
Show: 8:30pm

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An instrumental outfit that formed in the mid-2000s at New York City’s New School, Bing & Ruth features seven players on its second full-length album, Tomorrow Was The Golden Age: a pianist, two clarinetists, two bassists, a cellist and a tape-delay operator. The band’s sound is dense at its core, as leaden strokes on the upright bass anchor tracks like “The Towns We Love Is Our Town” while vaporous frequencies hover and billow in the upper ranges. As these walls of instrumentation wind through tape delay, cross-fading in and out of shifting tonality, staggering piano runs lilt in and out of the mix. Those moments are restrained, simple, but they always land on a heartstring.

Bing & Ruth’s music lulls you with meditative passages, then adorns them with gut-wrenching melodies. The result is illuminating music, perfect for reflection and long flights into one’s own headspace.