Do Not Stand Idly By
Rabbi Joel Mosbacher
Thursday, March 8 at 7:30pm
Rabbi Joel Mosbacher’s father, Lester Mosbacher, was shot dead in a petty robbery at his small business on Chicago’s South Side. Rabbi Mosbacher was only 28 at the time. In the months after his father’s murder in early 1999, he recalled people trying to be helpful, saying “this will make you a better person.” This remark only made him angry: he wanted his father back. As Rabbi Mosbacher went on to raise his own family and advanced in his rabbinical career, he recognized that no prayer, no fast and no act of religious charity could give him what he wanted. So he began his work to prevent more violence by guns.
In addition to serving as Rabbi of Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, he speaks to persuade leaders in every sector of our society to make a difference in reducing gun violence in America. Rabbi Mosbacher's synagogue is a member of the Metro-IAF, the nation's largest and oldest network of local faith and community-based organizations. This organization brings together people across lines of race, faith, and class to work on an issue of common concern. With Rabbi Mosbacher's help, Metro-IAF created the Do Not Stand Idly By campaign, an effort to use the purchasing power of police and military to press gun manufacturers to hold their worst dealers accountable, and to innovate in the area of smart gun technology. We are honored to welcome Rabbi Mosbacher to Temple Sinai to bring us his inspiring and hopeful message.
This program is presented in participation with LICAN (Long Island Congregations, Associations, and Neighborhoods), Metro IAF and Partners in Caring (PIC).
Michelle Laser, LCSW, Director of Social Services and Partners in Caring (PIC), a social service arm of partner synagogues and Sid Jacobson JCC, will be on hand to provide clinical social work support and guidance.