Relating, Creating, Transforming

Interfaith Encounters Day 7

Our last time together was spent at the Germantown Jewish Centre.

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We had a bit of an orientation on Friday with Rabbi Reena and therefore were somewhat familiar with the building and what to expect in the morning Shabbat service.

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This particular day was important to this community, as they were remembering and honoring an individual who worked for many years as the building maintenance manager. Though he was a Christian, this Jewish community considered him “one of theirs” and he was especially beloved.

Also, the synagogue community was preparing for a panel on racial justice and conversation related to the life and example of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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After hearing Hebrew prayers and watching the Torah scroll make its entrance and exit, it was time for the Alvernia group to go back to school.

It was an outstanding week of learning, interacting, and questioning.

I was impressed with the students’ curiosity and willingness to stretch their comfort zones. I was also very grateful for the enthusiasm and leadership of Brian, their campus ministry leader.

I am sure this week will continue to shape me for a long time.

Thanks for journeying with us!

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