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. 

Thank you all for producing and attending this beautiful and uplifting program.
It is recorded at this link:

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8PM est

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.

Performed by:

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.

Performed by:

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…

Min Hametzar
Psalm 118

From dire straits I called out to God.

God answered me with abundance.

God is with me, I will not fear.

Composed and Performed by:

Rabbi Zoe B Zak

Rabbi of Temple Israel of Catskill

Outreach Chaplain
Jewish Federation of NorthEastern New York
The Golub Center

Porqué cantamos

Why Do We Sing?

We sing because it rains on the furrow, and we embrace life…

Mario Benedetti

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


“The Spirit of Liberty remembers that not even a sparrow falls to earth unheeded. That is the spirit of an America which has never been and which may never be except as the conscience and courage of Americans create it…”

Recited by:

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
Bethesda, MD

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

Ve’atah Shalom

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.

Performed by:

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


by Lisa Jane Lipkin | A Prayer for Peace

Lyrics and music by:

Lisa Jane Lipkin


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…

Performed by:

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

Our call for submissions has yielded an outpouring of creative visual contributions on the subject of healing, tolerance, and oncoming light.

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)


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.

Contact Us

Request info from Hazzan Tasat, email to info@atimetoembrace.net  or go to our Contact Page.