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Temple Beth El

Offering Conservative Jewish worship since 1935

83 Chestnut Street/POBox 383
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: (607) 432-5522

Oneonta Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
hosted this year at Temple Beth El

The Oneonta Interfaith Thanksgiving Service has been a local tradition since1990, and hosting this service rotates each year among the various faith communities. This is the second time it will be held at Temple Beth El.

The service will begin at 7:30 pm, with the interfaith choir rehearsal at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome to sing in the choir under the direction of Frederic Chrislip of the Church of Latter Day Saints. Being able to read music is helpful but not required. Two songs will be taught at the rehearsal.

Rabbi George Hirschfeld will host the service and give the prayer of thanksgiving. The Reverend Cynthia Walton-Leavitt from First United Presbyterian Church (“Red Door”) will deliver the message. Other participants will include Michael and Stephanie Bauer, Jim Atwell, Marybeth Vargha, and clarinetist Robin Seletsky.

Donations of money and non-perishable food are requested. While most of the other faith communities have the practice of a collection plate during a service, TBE will place our beautiful Tzedakah box (made and donated by George Betts, z”l) outside the sanctuary in keeping with Jewish practice. Checks should be made out to the Oneonta Interfaith Committee. Donated food and money will be distributed to the Oneonta food pantries: St. James, St. Mary’s, and the Salvation  Army. The local food pantries are grateful for and rely on the donations made through this event. Last year almost $500 was raised, along with baskets full of non-perishable groceries.

A reception with refreshments will follow the service.