Communal Tragedy

As individuals, we all know pain and loss. It is the rare person who escapes sorrow. But when one of us hurts, others are there to offer comfort. Communal tragedy is different. When something bad happens to us as a community—whether that is a school, a town, a people or a country—we struggle to figure out how to tend to our own wounds while taking care of each other. Drawing on compassion, empathy, justice and love, we can bring out the best in each other, and perhaps, find a theology of hope in the midst of despair.

NYC, Immersed.

Sara Luria
A poetic reflection on the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in New York City   more

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A Prayer in a Time of Famine

By American Jewish World Service
A prayer for those in East Africa suffering from drought and famine, and for all those who suffer from a lack of available food and proper nutrition.   more

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Prayer for Healing from Communal Tragedy

Kolot: The Center for Jewish Women's and Gender Studies
A prayer written after September 11 to be read on days of communal mourning, including the anniversary of September 11   more