Mental Illness & Law Enforcement:
Bridging the gap between police and the communities they serve
March 24 - 25, Shabbat Weekend
When people suffering from mental illness interact with law enforcement, the results can be tragic. Special techniques and recognition of mental illness can prevent these tragedies and help lessen mass incarceration in communities of color.
From Violence & Oppression to Freedom & Liberation
Join us for one or more of these meaningful events!
Saturday, March 24
10am - 12:15pm + Kiddush
Morning Service: Exodus, Immigrants & Sanctuary
As part of our commitment to the Immigrant Sanctuary Cluster, we are inviting Rev. Mariama White Hammond, pastor at Bethel AME Church in Jamaica Plain and members of the other Cluster congregations in JP/WRoxbury/and Rozzie. The Cluster has invited each member congregation to reflect on our efforts and pray together as we prepare for our Passover and Easter holidays. For more information, email: Adam Burrows
12 - 5pm
March for Our Lives – Boston Common
Help create an HBT presence to support the student led Boston march and rally in support of the march in Washington D.C. The March calls for strong measures to reduce the fear of gun violence in our schools and in our communities. An HBT contingent will go after services with the HBT banner. Leave HBT at 1pm. For more information, email: Sherry Flashman
4 - 5:30pm
at Temple HBT, Mental Illness & Law Enforcement: bridging the gap between police and the communities they serve
Engage with guest speakers Dr. Tonish Pinckney, Prof. of Criminal Justice at Anna Maria College (Paxton, MA) and Associate Justice Mel Greenberg and Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts. When people with mental illness interact with law enforcement, the results can be tragic. Learn about special techniques and awareness training to help prevent tragedies and lessen mass incarceration of communities of color. For more information email: Ed Levy
Dr. Tonisha Pinckney is Professor of Criminal Justice at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA. She is Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Criminal Justice Programs at Anna Maria College. She is also a surviving victim of domestic violence and sexual assault. One of her core activities is working with “educators, clergy, and community leaders to help educate, advocate, and brief the gap between law enforcement and the community.”
Associate Justice Mel Greenberg served on the Appeals Court from 1990-2007 after being a District and Superior Court Judge. He is also a Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness Massachusetts chapter which brings together families to improve the welfare of people suffering from mental illness and their families.
Sunday, March 25
9:45am – 12:15pm
at Temple HBT, Personal Stories from Tikkun Olam/Pesach Kulanu Yachad
Join our annual matzah baking and activities for school-age children and adult programs as we prepare for Passover. Special Tikkun Olam Session: Let My People Go and Let My People Stay -- Adults and Teens. We will share personal stories about how Tikkun Olam activities offer us avenues for meaning and purpose within HBT members and with allies beyond. GBIO, criminal justice, immigrant solidarity, Black Lives Matter, Racial Justice, and the Fight for $15. and Paid Family and Medical Leave. For more information, email Josh Frank