Bend the Arc

On Sunday, August 11, Bend the Arc: Albuquerque, a collaboration of the Jewish Bridge Project of New Mexico, the Jewish Asylum Seekers Initiative, Congregation Nahalat Shalom, and Jewish Voice for Peace —spearheaded by Amelia Paradise, Dina Afec, Jessica Corley, and Scott Melton—held a memorial service for Tisha b'Av at the Albuquerque JCC. With over 100 community members in attendance, the service commemorated the destruction of the first (600 BCE) and second (70 CE) temples, and the subsequent expulsion of Jews in the diaspora.

As a show of solidarity with our brothers and sisters today, the service recognized the continued exile, expulsion, captivity, and systemic violence against immigrants, refugees, and people of color, that is occurring today in ICE facilities, at the borders, and at the demand of government officials across the U.S. The service honored, in Spanish and English, the names and stories of the children who have needlessly died in the ICE facilities, as well as those who were killed in the most recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH.

The service began with a haunting rendition of "Eicha" by Cantor Barbara Finn, a heart-wrenching rendition of "Under the Little Green Polish Tree" in Yiddish sung by Sheila Fox, and a powerful "Im nin Alu" in the Aramaic sung by Bosque staffulty member Scott Melton, all punctuated by many skillful soundings of the shofar by Matthew Hess. If you are interested in joining this collective Jewish voice for liberation, please email Everyone is welcome.

“Emergence notices the way small actions and connections create complex systems, patterns that become ecosystems and societies. Emergence is our inheritance as a part of this universe; it is how we change. Emergent strategy is how we intentionally change in ways that grow our capacity to embody the just and liberated worlds we long for.” - Adrienne Maree Brown

Several Bosque School parents and students (former and current) were in attendance. Scott Melton is a Bosque teacher and also an advisor for BBYO (B'nai B'rith Youth Organization) and the JSU (Jewish Student Union) for Bosque School. JSU will be active throughout the year at Bosque School working to inform the community of the events and actions in which all are welcome to participate. Civil action and social justice work are core competencies and part of our strategic mission at Bosque School.