This Month's Meeting
- What: June FCFS Meeting
- Who: Rabbi Merrill Shapiro, President, National Board of Trustees, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
- Title: â€œOperation Inclusion: There's a Role for Each of Usâ€
- When: Monday, June 16, 2014, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:00)
- Where: Buckman Bridge Unitarian Church, 8447 Manresa Ave., Jacksonville, FL 32244 (Driveway located on Collins Rd., 400 feet east of Roosevelt Blvd.)
Meetings Free and Open to the Public â— Plenty of Free Parking
Meet the Speaker
Rabbi Merrill Shapiro grew up in Bloomfield, northern New Jersey, and studied Electrical Engineering at both Cornell University and Newark College of En
gineering (now New Jersey Institute of Technology). He became a student at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and was identified as an educational leader by the Melton Research Center for Jewish Education and sent to lead its pilot school in Columbus, Ohio. Recognized as a Senior Educator in North America, Shapiro was awarded a Pincus Fellowship to study and serve as a graduate research assistant at Jerusalemâ€™s Hebrew University. While in Jerusalem, he completed his Rabbinic studies. He returned to this country where he has continued to educate and lead for many years. Rabbi Shapiro currently serves as the spiritual leader of Temple Shalom of Deltona, in Volusia County. He is also the President of the National Board of Trustees of Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
It is in this capacity that nationally-known activist Rabbi Shapiro will be speaking to us tonight about Americans United's newest project, â€œOperation Inclusion."
In light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision (in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway
) approving official prayers before meetings of local government bodies, the Americans United for Separation of Church and State is launching a multi-pronged strategy to protect the rights of ALL Americans.
The plan, titled â€œOperation Inclusion,â€ is necessary to ensure that the rights of ALL Americans are protected and to respond to misleading claims by Religious Right groups who believe that America is a "Christian nation." The plan is designed to educate citizens and legislators about what the Supreme Court decision really says.
At our June 16 meeting, Rabbi Shapiro will explain "Operation Inclusion" and discuss how we can be a part of it.