January WCDF Monthly Prayer Vigil led by Jewish Youth for Social Action

This past Saturday we had our monthly vigil at West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA. It was led by the Jewish Youth for Community Action, an innovative leadership training empowering Jewish youth for social action, and Kehilla Community Synagogue.


It was a beautiful, prayerful and moving time where we heard testimonies, chanted and even shared poetry.  Watch video of one of the chants.


Norma Smith, from Kehilla Community Synagogue, shared her poem “This God Justice” during the vigil, of which we would like to share an excerpt:

“This god, Justice

Is an atheist.

It’s not what it

Sounds like: she’s not

A non-believer, oh, no,

He isn’t…


“My name

Is Jeremiah. I want you

To do good. I will

Argue you

Into it, I will

Persuade you, warn you,

threaten you,

love you more

than your understanding

can understand. I will

believe in you. I will walk around

with you. Even

when you want

to stop your ears, attack

and imprison me”


Watch another video where a youth shares a story.

We hope you can join us next month, February 1st, where InnerCHANGE, a missionary order among the poor, will lead the vigil. You won’t want to miss out!

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