2002-09-21 / Community

Local Rabbi To Lead House Prayer

Local Rabbi To Lead House Prayer

Every year, a select few religious leaders from around the country are chosen to lead the United States House of Representatives in prayer.  On September 25, Rabbi Melvyn May, of the West End Temple Sinai Congregation, in Rockaway, will take the House floor to do just that.  Rabbi May was nominated for this high honor by Rep. Anthony Weiner.

  Every morning that Congress is in session, the House opens for business with a prayer.  In general, the prayer falls under the purview of House Chaplain Daniel Coughlin, but every so often distinguished religious leaders from across the country are given the opportunity to serve as guest-Chaplain for a day.

In June, Rep. Weiner nominated Rabbi May to serve as guest-Chaplain.  He was chosen to do so by Chaplain Coughlin shortly thereafter.

        "Rabbi May is the beloved spiritual leader of the West End Temple, and an active leader within both the interfaith and Queens communities," said Rep. Weiner.  "During this time of difficult foreign and domestic challenges, I believe Rabbi May is exactly the right person to lead the House in its morning prayer."

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