Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan

Rabbi’s HaShaliach Article

November/December 2017

This year, Beth Israel will host the Interfaith Roundtable Thanksgiving Celebration on the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving. We are honored to host the gathering for the third time and we hope that many congregants will join us for what is always a great event.

The celebration features sacred readings, music and song from various faith traditions and is always an uplifting, meaningful and enjoyable evening. The program emphasizes the diversity of our community and the unity and mutual respect that is so important to all of us. This year, in particular, an event like this is so critical for our entire community.

The celebration will begin at 7:00 p.m. and lasts about an hour with a reception to follow. We hope that you will join in this unique community opportunity. Children are most certainly welcome and will, I believe, find the experience to be fascinating.

This year, we are initiating what we hope will become an annual tradition in conjunction with the celebration. We will open our doors at 6:00 p.m. and will offer the community an opportunity to learn more about Beth Israel, to see some of the ritual objects including the Torah scrolls and to answer any questions community members might have about Beth Israel and Judaism in general. We hope that future hosts of the Thanksgiving celebration will also do the same as education about other faiths is so critical. We look forward to hosting the community at Beth Israel.

I was among the founding members of the Interfaith Roundtable more than 20 years ago and I currently serve on the board. The work I have done with this organization and the friendships I have made through the Roundtable over the years have been extremely valuable to me. The Roundtable has supported Beth Israel in so many ways over the years and we are truly proud to host the Thanksgiving celebration this year.

Please join us on Sunday, November 19 for what will be a memorable evening.

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin