Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple hosted this year’s Earth Day celebrations. As in previous years, several New Brunswick houses of worship had taken part in the organization: Anshe Emeth, Peace Islands Institute, Christ Episcopal Church, Second Reformed Church and First Reformed Church. Ben Berman led the ever growing Interfaith Rainbow Choir; Cantor Anna Ott directed much of the other music, especially the youth ensemble Jew Directions. I had the privilege of preaching that day. Marlana, Nicola and Lolly offered an Aloe planting workshop at the table of our church, donated by Ellen and Bruce Hamilton.
The beauty of this day was really wonderful. Under the leadership of Mike Chodroff from Anshe Emeth, there was a plethora of tables and sessions educating us on the preciousness of food and water and what we could contribute to preserve and distribute them fairly. There were also loads of healthy foods prepared by the women of the Turkish-American peace Islands Institute. All our diversity came together in the Interfaith Worship Service. It combined our Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions in ways that become ever more meaningful to the involved. It brought together a rather sizeable congregation. I am already curious how it will be a year from now.