The Interfaith Committee is one of the busiest groups in our synagogue, with the rabbi involved in every aspect. A charter member of the Greene County Interfaith Community (GCIC), the Interfaith Committee hosts many activities each year. In the bleak mid-winter, our neighboring houses of faith join us as we celebrate Tu BiSh’vat – the “New Year of the Trees”. Our Yom HaShoah service each April is an evening of remembrance and honor for those who died in the Holocaust.

We conclude the counting of the omer and celebrate the revelation of the Torah to the people of Israel at our Shavuot service. And during Sukkot, in early autumn, we welcome our friends and neighbors to share a meal and fellowship in our “living sukkah”. The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service rotates hosting duties among GCIC members and is always very well attended.

These neighbors of many different faiths open their “house” doors to us also. Through our participation in the GCIC, we have had the opportunity to attend church socials, holiday concerts, blessings of the animals, and centuries old worship services. The GCIC monthly meetings introduce us to the history and practices of each other’s faiths.

The GCIC supports local food pantries and women’s shelters with donations of food and toiletries, and visits local adult-care facilities.

The Interfaith Community of Temple Israel is vibrant and rapidly growing. We invite everyone to join us in our journey of faith(s). In our world today, we must work to strengthen the bonds of community and celebrate our religious freedoms; our humanity depends on it!