Kindness Day Marked in Honor of Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer
Join us in celebration Sunday May 1, 2022, 3:30pm CDT (via Zoom)
Reboot featured Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer last fall in its Sign of the Times series with Silver Screen Studios. He moved so many by dedicating his life and spiritual teachings to advocating for the Deaf community and honoring diversity, equity and inclusion in the Jewish Faith. In his work and his life, kindness was not just a virtue, but a verb, an “action” for Goldhamer.
Sunday, May 1 would have been the Rabbi’s 77th birthday. In memory and honor of Rabbi Dr. Goldhamer, the Hebrew Seminary in Chicago will be holding its first annual “Kindness Day” via Zoom, at 3:30pm CDT. Participants will share memories of the Rabbi and speak about all that we can do to continue his life’s work of “repairing the world” through acts of kindness.
In preparation for Kindness Day, Hebrew Seminary, Reboot and Silver Screen Studios are asking everyone to perform acts of kindness and are offering a printable poster of some of the Rabbi’s favorite ways to make this world a better place for us all.
“You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself.” These words, part of the Holiness Code at Hebrew Seminary in Chicago, were how the beloved Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer lived his life. He recognized and taught that God resides in every living being. He saw not only the goodness, but the “Godness” in everyone. He made us feel special! He made us feel better! He made us feel seen! He taught all of us who had the blessing to know and love him, that the most important thing we can do in this life is “BE KIND, BE KIND, BE KIND!”
It was personal for him — when he was just 30 days old, Rabbi Goldhamer suffered a botched radiation treatment for a skin ailment, leaving half his body, and most notably his hand, discolored. Growing up he was often teased and treated differently.