In the spirit of forgiveness and renewal, the speaker for Shomrei’s Selichot program is Huwe Burton, who was exonerated in the Bronx 30 years after he was wrongfully convicted of his mother’s murder. Huwe’s conviction was overturned after the Bronx Conviction Integrity Unit determined that Huwe gave a false confession that was the product of psychologically coercive techniques used by detectives. Additionally, the same detectives who elicited Huwe’s false confession also obtained false confessions from two other individuals three months earlier. The reinvestigation also uncovered new evidence that strongly pointed toward an alternative suspect. Today Huwe is rebuilding his life and is dedicated to helping others who have experienced grave injustice.
Shomrei Member, Audrey Levitin, who works at the Innocence Project will facilitate the presentation.
Sat, Sept 21, Free
8:30pm – Selichot Program
9:45pm – Service
Congregation Shomrei Emunah
67 Park Street. Monctlair (map)
Detail of Selichot prayer leaf (8th-9th century) found in the Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, China in 1908.
In the week leading to the Days of Awe our level of anticipation of this solemn season is heightened. We gather together late on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah to meditate on the capacity for forgiveness and on its power. In joining together we help each other pray for that blessing – to give it and to receive it.
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