Temple Beth El hosted the annual Oneonta Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Tuesday November 26th. It was a terrific success, with about 90 people in attendance, and participation by Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Baha’i, and Buddhist representatives.
Rabbi Hirschfeld welcomed the congregation and read a prayer of Thanksgiving. An interfaith choir, including Robin Seletsky, Stan Fox, Henry Bauer and Zach Weinberg, conducted by Ric Chrislip of the Latter Day Saints, sang two pieces selected by Robin Seletsky, “Hinei Ma Tov” (How good it is to dwell together) and “Zol Zain Sholom” (Let there be Peace), accompanied by Michael Bauer on the piano. Stephanie Bauer read from Leviticus and Deuteronomy about the laws for leaving the gleaning of the fields, grape vines and olive trees for the poor, widows and orphans. An instrumental selection was played by Julie Licata on marimba.
This year’s event, which has been held at least since 1990, raised the most funds ($667), which was divided between three local food pantries (Salvation Army, St. James, and St. Mary’s.)
Thanks to all the temple members who prepared food, set up, cleaned up, and ushered, and Eddie Bauer for providing childcare and Ken Sider who prepared the program.