2006-11-10 / Community

Celebrating 80 Years Of Interfaith Services

First Congregational Church and Temple Beth-El will celebrate their 80th anniversary of Thanksgiving Interfaith Services, held this year at Temple Beth-El, 445 Beach 135 Street in Belle Harbor, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

In 1926, the leadership of the First Congregational Church and Temple Beth-El began an eight-decade initiative of interfaith and tolerance. Each year they have met for a joint Thanksgiving Service alternating from the church to the temple.

The program featured choir and communal singing of favorite patriotic and religious melodies. Greetings from the Catholic-Jewish Council and addresses by the Rabbi Alan Blaine of the temple and Pastor Peter Dennebaum of the church will also be said.

This year's theme is, "Put your turkey in the oven and come with your friends to give thanks to God and celebrate the gift and the bounties of American democracy and pluralism."

The chair people for this year's event are Jean and Dr. Allan Mirkin. Rabbi Blaine will host and the Sisterhood and Thanksgiving Committee will sponsor the collation following the service. A presentation in honor of the eightieth anniversary will be presented by the Rockaway Rotary Club, with a Thanksgiving message by Pastor Dennebaum. Father Paul Landolfi will also bring words of greeting from the Catholic Church.

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