God has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
Leading up to this verse, a worshipper asks what he can do to please God. This is the answer;
This is the "call to action" that Rabbi White proposed to the over 1,000 delegates at the founding convention of Common
Ground, a community organization dedicated to improving Solano and Napa Counties.
Congregation B'nai Israel is a charter member of Common Ground and on June 23, we participated in the founding convention. Membership includes over 20 Churches, several non-profit organizations and one
Congregation B'nai Israel was well represented at this event and I had the honor of introducing our delegation and
our reason for participating. I said the mission of Judaism is "Tikkun Olam," repairing the world. One way to move toward this goal is to start by repairing Solano County.
Our beloved member, Pearl Rothman, spoke about issues concerning senior citizens. The afternoon was filled with speakers
from the groups in attendance. After the delegates spoke about possibilities, participation and power, the program ended with a "Call to Action".
Rabbi White had been designated to bring the "call to action" to the group to close the convention. He quoted our prophet
Micah, chapter 6 verse 8. Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly.
That verse was part of the Haftorah portion for that week's Sabbath. A perfect "call to action" for our community
organization - Common Ground.
Also, a "call to action" for each one of us in our own lives every day.