TEMPLE ALIYAH WELCOMES THE COMMUNITY TO INTERFAITH CELEBRATION OF UNITY
WOODLAND HILLS -- On January 17, 2020, Temple Aliyah will host “Voices of Unity” – an interfaith prayer experience honoring the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and celebrating music, mutual respect, and peace.
The evening will include performances by: Greater Zion Church Family (Compton); Life Choir (HB Barnum, director); San Fernando Valley Youth Choir (Canoga Park); Voices of Peace (DeBorah Sharpe-Taylor, director); The Voices of Hope (choir for youth with special needs) and adult and youth choirs from Temple Aliyah.
There will also be clergy and community leaders from the Christian and Muslim faith with members of their congregations including: Islamic Society of the West Valley (Canoga Park); Ezzi Masjid Mosque (Woodland Hills); St. Bernardine of Siena (Woodland Hills); Woodland Hills Presbyterian Church; Shanthi Nikethanaya Buddhist Center; Pastor Michael J Fisher (Greater Zion, Compton) and Pastor Najuma Smith Pollard (Word of Encouragement Church). Additionally, members of government, are expected to join Temple Aliyah’s clergy - Rabbi Stewart Vogel, Rabbi Shayna Golkow, Hazzan Michael Stein and Hazzan Mimi Haselkorn.
All are invited to join this show of unity, and those who cannot attend in person are encouraged to watch the live stream at templealiyah.org/livestream.
Temple Aliyah is located at 6025 Valley Circle Blvd in Woodland Hills. For more information, please phone the Temple Aliyah office at 818-346-3545.
SWC CALLS FOR FBI TASK FORCE TO FIGHT ANTI-SEMITISM
LOS ANGELES – During a recent press conference in Los Angeles, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called on President Trump to instruct the FBI to create a special task force in the wake of unending attacks against Jews and their religious institutions.
According to Rabbi Hier, there have been at least 10 incidents, the latest a violent machete attack against Jews celebrating Chanukah in the rabbi's home in Monsey, New York. The perpetrator had a history of anti-Semitism, expressed anti-Semitic views and wrote about Hitler and “Nazi culture.”
"I do not recall any time I’ve been as concerned [about anti-Semitism]. We’re in uncharted territory. Unless we do something, the results will be horrific and unprecedented in American history,” Rabbi Hier said.
Hier warned that this ongoing epidemic of anti-Semitic attacks needs to be treated, saying, "Enough is Enough. Jews should not have to fear for their lives in America to go their houses of worship.”
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