Temple hosts workshops on Jewish identity, social justice

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UTICA — Temple Emanu-El is hosting a two-day lecture and workshop series on Jewish values and identity and social justice featuring Emet Ma’ayan, founder and former executive director of Fathers Building Futures, a social enterprise managed by and for formerly incarcerated parents in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Ma’ayan is a Jewish parent and queer, transgender person, originally from New York and now living in Albuquerque. He will take part in the following weekend events at Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee St.:

Friday, May 31: Shabbat dinner at 6 p.m. followed by Friday night services at 7 p.m., where Ma’ayan will speak about his life journey and how it has connected to his Jewish identity.

Saturday, June 1: A workshop for teens age 13-18 from 1:30-2:30 p.m., and a workshop for adults from 3-5 p.m., both focused on “Living with Jewish Integrity: Braiding our Jewish Values and Social Justice” and facilitated by Ma’ayan. Both workshops are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required and may be made for either or both by calling Temple Emanu-El at (315) 724-4177 or emailing teutica@gmail.com by Thursday, May 30.

For more information about Emet Ma’ayan and Fathers Building Futures, visit www.fathersbuildingfutures.com.

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