Last Thursday our congregation along with the Holy Family Catholic Congregation met together in journey towards friendship. Our two choirs performed selections from the Psalms. Beth Yam's children's ensemble lit the Hanukkah lights and sang songs. Our featured speaker was Rabbi Dr. Shira Lander from Southern Methodist University. in Dallas. It was an unforgettable night. Over 400 people from our respective congregations and throughout the community attended. There is a message in this turnout which is that people want to interact on a religious level with other religions. They are not afraid to learn and celebrate each other's traditions. People will open their hearts. We honored the 50th anniversary of Nostra Atate "In our time," the famous documents signed in December of 1965 which opened the Catholic Church to the world of ecumenicism and repudiated the age old accusation of deicide against the Jewish people. The article I wrote in my column speaks to the issue of the desperate need for ecumenicism today.
Hanukkah Sameah Happy Hanukkah!