Staten Island Synagogue Hosts Interfaith Genocide Remembrance Service

June 10, 2006

Source: Staten Island Advance

On June 10, 2006 the Staten Island Advance reported, "Staten Island's interfaith community will come together June 25 for 'Building Bridges,' a program to reflect on the horror of genocide as it has occurred all over the globe... Program organizers are planning to have speakers address the Holocaust, which killed six million Jews; the Armenian genocide, in which 1.5 million people were killed by the Turkish Ottoman Empire, and the Rwandan genocide in 1994, which claimed the lives of 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus while the world watched but did not intervene. Rabbi Judah Newberger, spiritual leader of B'nai Jeshurun, will give the introduction. Clergy from the [Christian], Muslim and Hindu communities also have been invited to offer a prayer for reconciliation. The committee organizing the afternoon reflection is the same group that for the last several years has sponsored an interfaith Passover seder, a well-attended event held annually at St. Teresa's R.C. Church in Castleton Corners. Bonds forged there convinced the group, made up of Catholic lay people and Jewish, Catholic and Protestant clergy, to look for other areas where people of faith and goodwill could come together."