A Ceremony Toward National Healing and Reconciliation
Looking into the face of another human being and having enough light in you to recognize your sister or your brother.
Heal, Harmonize, Uplift
At this time of national division, our country deeply needs an initiative for unity and a desire to bridge our divides. We welcome you to share in this event, inclusive of many faiths and backgrounds, to raise awareness and pursue this essential goal.
What is this event?
A live virtual gathering that will include music, poetry, and teachings as well as a Havdalah ritual, expressing our shared desires and visions for a peaceful and harmonious society. The program may build and shift, based on national events and participants, as we approach the date. Free of charge.
Submissions – Part 1
by Judith Silver
Open my eyes to truth,
Open my hands to give freely
Open my lips to good words, to pure words
Open my heart to love.
The Youth Choir of Temple Sinai of North Dade
Conductor: Cantor Norman Cohen Falah
Pianist: Juvenal Correa-Salas
America the Beautiful: 2020 Version
Introducing a stunningly soul-filled duet of revised and updated “America the Beautiful: 2020”. In the spirit of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land”, which sprung out of the depths of the Great Depression, America the Beautiful: 2020’s three new verses uplift our spirits as they invoke the original promise of the patriot dream—while also inviting us to look squarely at the undeniable, dramatic challenges we face as a nation, and as citizens of a larger world in crisis.
Award winning Bluegrass vocalist Claire Lynch and award-winning Blues/Gospel vocalist Lea Gilmore.
New Lyrics: Jesse Palidofsky and John Morris (2020)
Original Text: Katharine Lee Bates
Music: Samuel A. Ward
Seeking the Heart of Wisdom
by Joseph Goldstein and Jack Kornfield
Performed by Roy Pitluk
When you find yourself with someone in emotional or physical pain, take some time to be with that person…
Allow yourself to see and feel the other with the wish that he or she or they be free of suffering…
From dire straits I called out to God.
God answered me with abundance.
God is with me, I will not fear.
Why Do We Sing?
We sing because it rains on the furrow, and we embrace life…
from Canciones del desexilio, 1983 / Music by Alberto Favero
The Uruguayan poet Mario Benedetti was one of the most important literary voices in Latin America.
I think it’s impossible to overestimate the importance of Benedetti and his work – his words have inspired and comforted multiple generations across the entire American continent.
The Spirit of Liberty
Rabbi Rachel Sabath Beit-Halachmi, Ph.D.
The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood
A speech given by
Judge Learned Hand
May 21st, 1944 to 150,000 new citizens
Songs of Healing
It has been found by psychologists that those who most easily expressed gratitude or forgave others reported being the happiest.
Forgiveness has the power to heal.
Songs and thoughts by:
Rabbi Elhanan “Sunny” Schnitzer
Rabbi and Hazzan of the Bethesda Jewish Congregation
Rabbi Sunny is also active in interfaith work and is active with the Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society of Montgomery County, and is a member of Rabbis for Human Rights.
“Heal Us Now” composed by Cantor Leon Sher of Cong. Beth El, Voorhees, NJ
Without true inclusion there is no true Peace. Let’s open our hearts to celebrate our differences as we continue to learn from one another.
Hand in Hand is an inclusion program that integrates youth of all abilities in an after school social program. Our program provides young adults with special needs an opportunity to socialize with mainstream peers, learn new skills, and have fun. One of the biggest challenges for children with special needs is to find appropriate programs that provide the support they need as well as opportunities to expand their world in a safe and fun environment, and our “buddy program” addresses those needs. We meet regularly every Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and at other times for special field trips.
Cantor Marcelo Gindlin
The program is directed by Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, Lisa Szilagyi and Janet Ettenger. This program takes place at the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue normally. Right now we meet on Zoom weekly.
Shot as part of the High Holy Days video series 2020: Executive Producer: George Greenberg, Director/Producer: Fran Lozano, Musical Director: Dan Redfeld, Music by Zeev Malbergier. Adapted by Cantor Marcelo.
A Prayer for Peace
Beloved, they call You Buddha
Beloved, they call You Jah
Beloved, they call You Allah
Beloved, they call You God
And all who call You are answered
Every prayer is heard
Even in our silent longings You hear every word
And You answer with Love
Power of Healing
We pray for healing of the body
We pray for healing of the soul
For strength of flesh and mind and spirit
We pray to once again be whole…
The Adult Choir of Congregation Beth El of Voorhees, NJ
Led by Hazzan Pomerantz-Boro and its composer Cantor Leon Sher
But wait, there's more!
See the 2nd page of contributors to this event of peace and healing.
The Art of Tolerance
Sponsors & Participating Organizations
Association of Rabbis and Cantors (ARC), Yonkers, NY
Academy for Jewish Religion, Yonkers, NY
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Bethesda, MD
ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal, Philadelphia, PA
Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, White Plains, NY
Beth El Congregation, Akron, OH
Beth El Synagogue, Margate NJ
Beth Torah, Miami, FL
Bethesda Jewish Congregation, Bethesda, MD
Bnai Keshet, Montclair, NJ
Cantors Assembly of America, New York, NY
Center for Pluralism, Washington DC
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Congregation Agudas Achim, Austin TX
Congregation Beth El, Voorhees, NJ
Congregation Shomrei Emunah, Montclair, NJ
Congregation Sons of Israel, Nyack, NY
Congregation Tehillah, Bronx, NY
Congregation Tifereth Israel, Glen Cove, NY
Fabrangen Havurah, Washington DC
Glen Cove First Baptist Church, Glen Cove, NY
Interfaith Council of Metropolitan Washington, Washington DC
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, North Bethesda, MD
Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society, Washington DC
Kolot haLev Jewish Community Choir, Silver Spring, MD
Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue, Malibu, CA
NASHIRAH, The Jewish Chorale of Greater Philadelphia
Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Chevy Chase, MD
Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning, Skokie, IL
Reform Temple of Putnam Valley, Putnam Valley, NY
Resetting the Table
SAJ – Judaism That Stands For All, New York, NY
Sandy Spring Museum, Sandy Spring, MD
Sephardic Heritage International (SHIN) DC
Shalshelet, the Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music, Chevy Chase, MD
Shirat haNefesh Congregation, Kensington, MD
Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, Lanham, MD
Temple Aliyah, Woodland Hills, CA
Temple Beth El of City Island, Bronx, NY
Temple Emanuel, Kensington, MD
Temple Emanuel, Newton, MA
Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, Woodcliff Lake, NJ
Temple Etz Chaim, Thousand Oaks, CA
Temple Israel of Catskill, Catskill, NY
Temple Israel Portsmouth, Portsmouth, NH
Temple Sinai of North Dade, North Miami Beach, FL
The Andalusia Islamic School, Yonkers, NY
The Civic Circle, Silver Spring, MD
The Conservative Synagogue, Westport, CT
The Dutchess County Interfaith Council
The Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington
The Jewish Chorale of Greater Philadelphia
The Mordecai M. Kaplan Center for Jewish Peoplehood, Evanston, IL
United Brothers Synagogue, Bristol, Rhode Island
United Hindu Jain Temples, MD, VA and the DC
West End Synagogue, New York, NY
(list not final)
HELP DEFRAY COSTS
While not necessary to join, we will be grateful if you are able to offer a donation to defray the costs of the event. Payment courtesy of Shalshelet, one of our sponsors.