The Religious Diversity Journeys to Temple Israel, Temple Beth El, and Adat Shalom Synagogue were wonderful successes. They would not happen without the contributions of so many volunteers, or without the clergy in these congregations. Volunteer and professional, they represent their faiths to the students, parents, and teachers who have come to learn and connect, and to give them what is often a first taste of that faith tradition. This is a crucial step on the journey toward understanding and respect. And we want to thank the Jewish clergy for making it such a powerful one, for their kindness, openness, humor, good will, and welcoming spirit, and for sharing their thoughts on the journeys:
“It is a pleasure to be a part of the Religious Diversity Journey program. The students were respectful and thirsty for knowledge. For me, this is one of the best moments of my academic year. To share my Jewish experience with such a wonderful group of young people is inspiring. I know that the knowledge gained will lead to tolerance, friendship, and peace.”
– Rabbi Josh
Rabbi Joshua L. Bennett, Temple Israel
We loved hosting the Religious Diversity Journey at Temple Beth El! What a pleasure to see our halls filled with 200 7th graders, parents, and teachers. They were respectful, eager learners, and brought a sense of enthusiasm to the program. It was such a joy to stand on our bima, surrounded by people of all different backgrounds, and hear the oohs and ahs as we unrolled a Torah scroll together. I hope we can follow this up with another program in the future, and I look forward to being part of our shared desire to create a stronger society through better understanding of one another’s traditions.
Rabbi Mark Miller, Temple Beth El
It is a thrilling experience to have these students come and learn about Judaism. This program is a great way to break down barriers, explain core attributes, demystify stereotypes, and ultimately build bridges among all the participants.
Cantor Daniel Gross, Adat Shalom Synagogue