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Rabbi Ariel Stone honored with 2018 Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Lifetime Achievement Award

Rabbi Ariel Stone was recently honored with the 2018 Emily G. Gottfried Human Rights Lifetime Achievement Award. The introduction for this award was proudly given by Sonia Marie Leikam and is reproduced for you:
“For over 25+  years, Rabbi Ariel Stone has been pushing the faith community forward through her action-based commitment to the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). You may have met her at a protest, wearing a  purple vest that says “Clergy Witness”, blowing her shofar in front of city hall during a “Stop the Hate” rally,  organizing a Shabbat service at the ICE building or participating in an interfaith dialogue group. Committed to justice for all, Rabbi Stone has been on the front lines of having an open and loving space for everyone. She does what is right, even when it is hard, if it means one person can find comfort and healing. She pushes all of us to redefine our ideas of what faith leaders should be doing to protect those who are the most vulnerable in our society. Jewish tradition commands us to pursue justice. Hence we are not to wait for the right opportunity to come along, the right time and place, but instead we are to be actively seek opportunities to practice justice. Rabbi Ariel is always seeking these opportunities. She has been steadfast in her commitment to human rights and the belief that the divine is to be found and honored in every living being. Mazel tov to you Rabbi Ariel on this well deserved award!”

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