Date(s) - 12/08/2019
10:00 am - 11:00 am

Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist


Called “racham” in Hebrew, compassion has deep roots in Judaic tradition. Historically, rabbis conceived of the practice of compassion as an “imitatio dei” a call for man to walk in the ways of God compassionate and gracious: slow to anger, rich in steadfast kindness, extending kindness to the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. Rabbi Emily Segal, who serves the Aspen Jewish Congregation will speak about compassion in the Jewish tradition.

Rabbi Segal grew up in a small, tight-knit Jewish community in Virginia, nurtured by one of the first woman rabbis, and she is the proud product of an interfaith home. Seeing her father grow in love for Judaism  and eventually become a Jew-by-choice was formative in her development. Her thesis in rabbinical studies was “Telling and Retelling: The Women’s Passover Seder and Ritual Innovation.” She has served as the Associate Rabbi of Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, Illinois, and as a rabbinic student, she served congregations in Ohio, Florida, and Louisiana.

Rabbi Segal’s rabbinic interests include liturgical development, ritual innovation, biblical Hebrew, Jewish environmental and food justice, Jewish feminism, and scriptural and halakhic study. Her non-rabbinic interests include strong coffee, dark chocolate, good books, escapist baking, wrangling toddlers, and live music.

Rabbi Segal will offer our Worship Service on Sunday at 10 am in the Community Room at Third Street Center in Carbondale.

Music with Jimmy Byrne, Religious Exploration with Ana Chynoweth, Preschool with Justice Bouchet

Frequently asked questions:

Where is the worship space, exactly? We meet at the Third Street Center which does have a lot of rooms! As you come in the main entrance, you’ll notice a beautiful room directly in front of you. That is where we have religious exploration classes for our youth. Take a left, and just past the vending machine on the right, you’ll find the hallway to the community room, with beautiful tall windows and string lights. This is our Sanctuary on Sunday mornings.

How accessible is your worship space? We are pleased that someone with a wheelchair will find our services comfortable with close parking, double wide doors, everything is on one level, and the restrooms are also accessible for wheelchair users. We are working on other accessibility improvements such as a hearing loop. Please contact us if there is another accommodation we can provide so we can enjoy your time here with us.

Is there childcare? Every Sunday we have religious exploration for our youth during the service. We worship together as a whole congregation at the start of the service, and then after the Time For All Ages, we sing the kids out for religious exploration classes. As a family, you’re welcome to have your children enjoy the classes or to stay with you for the whole service.

What do people wear? Come as you are. We have dress-on-Sunday best folks with hats, and folks wearing blue-jeans because they just got off the ranch.

If you have questions about what a typical service entails, feel free to contact!