At this special celebration, Benjamin Berman, otherwise known as the music director of FRC, is also the leader of the Interfaith Rainbow Children’s Choir. The choir does not run under the auspices of the church, but is a part of New Brunswick’s Interfaith Coexistence Project. Consequently, children of several houses of worship attend. The common denominator is that they all come from religious communities, be they Jewish, Muslim or Christian.
The concert was meaningful. It did not just celebrate the historic achievements of the Civil Rights Movement, but made it clear that our society has still much need for improvement. We talked, for example, about the recent attacks on the synagogue Beth-El in Rutherford, NJ and praised the efforts of Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli, who advised not only the synagogues of Bergen County to be on alert, but all religious institutions.
Raíces Cultural Center supported the efforts of the Rainbow Choir with several songs in Spanish language and performed by their own ensemble. This opened our ears to the international relevance of Civil Rights issues.
It was a great concert! Thank you, Ben, for your fine efforts in building a new community choir! And thanks to all the children whose enthusiasm was apparent!