— by Janet Lynn
Temple Sinai hosted an ecumenical event this week, celebrating Philadelphia’s relationship with Israel.
Speakers included Governor Tom Corbett, as well as local religious and political leaders:
- Bishop Shawn Bartley of True United Church,
- Rabbi Saul Grife of Beth Tikvah-Bnei Jeshrun,
- Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro,
- Dr. Jim Showers and Reverend William Sutter from Friends of Israel,
- Consul General of Israel to the Mid-Atlantic Region Yaron Sideman,
- Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony Williams and
- Rabbi Adam Wohlberg of Temple Sinai.
More after the jump.
The featured leaders encouraged further collaboration in keeping the relationship growing and strong, and recognized the appreciation those outside of the Jewish community have for Israel.
In addition to the speakers, the program featured a short video from Jerusalem Online University, and a musical program by the Temple Sinai Junior Choir, along with an interfaith choir comprised of members of the adult choirs of Temple Sinai, Jarrettown United Methodist Church, and St. Alphonsus Church, led by Cantor Stephen Freedman.
Rabbi Adam Wohlberg of Temple Sinai said, “We are blessed to live in a community in which men and women of all faiths recognize the State of Israel’s right to exist and in which so many people actively support Israel and feel a deep connection to her people.”