D’var Torah by Rafi Forbush: Our Multiracial Jewish Community
Rafi Forbush is an entrepreneur and active member of the Twin Cities Jewish community. For nearly 20 years, Rafi has served as a teacher, coach, and mentor for Jewish youth. Since 2014, Rafi has worked to create awareness for issues related to race, religion, and the intersection of the two, through his work as a public speaker. Rafi is also the founder of the Multiracial Jewish Association of Minnesota (MJA) which focuses on creating a space for Jews of color to connect to one another through community, education, and advocacy.
We move from the formality of the sanctuary to our social hall to create a more intimate service. Our singing is accompanied by violin, guitar, keyboard, and percussion. The evocative music opens our hearts and awakens our spirits.
Shabbat is always for the soul, but there is a particularly soulful atmosphere at “Shabbat for the Soul” services. It is a more contemplative worship style with the congregation sitting in the round. We use a single page handout for the prayers. A slower pace enables us to focus on the meditative effect of the music, the potential for deeper awareness and prayer, and the feeling of community.