A local interfaith organization has received a $1,000 grant to help with a community service weekend planned for May.
Congregations in Service is a local group of synagogues, churches and mosques, all working together on various community service projects two weekends a year. “Our culture today emphasizes differences and conflict,” says Rabbi Robert Haas of Congregation Mickve Israel. “Congregations in Service provides direct experience that encourages those of us from different faith traditions to emphasize what we all share. It provides us with an opportunity to put our faith into action.”
Congregations in Service received a $1,000 congregational interfaith grant from the Men of Reform Judaism, through the Jewish Chautauqua Society. The money will be used for community service project supplies, food for volunteers, printing and publicity.
The next Congregations in Service project weekend will be May 3-4. All are welcome – children and adults, church members and those not affiliated with any house of worship. Indoor and outdoor service projects for all ages will be available.
“Anyone who is willing is welcome,” says Rabbi Haas. “We see what the world is like today, but Congregations in Service gives us a glimpse of another world that can be built, one based on understanding, cooperation and unity.”
This interfaith program was supported by a Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ) Congregational Interfaith Grant, made possible by funding from the Jewish Chautauqua Society, MRJ’s interfaith education project.