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All members of Temple Beth David will worship together in one holy space this September – down the street in the sanctuary of First Congregational Church on the green.
Temple Beth David will worship in the First Congregational Church sanctuary on the first day of Rosh Hashanah (September 5) at 10 a.m. The congregation will also worship together at the church on Yom Kippur (September 14) at 10 a.m. All other High Holy Day services will be held at Temple Beth David.
Rabbi Josh Whinston of Temple Beth David, said, “The tremendous welcoming we have felt over the last few months as it became clear the First Congregational Church was going to open their sanctuary to us has been overwhelming. The community’s desire to throw open their doors for the Temple Beth David community reminds me of Abraham sitting in his tent waiting for guests to serve. We are eternally grateful to the First Congregational Church for enabling us to understand what it means to worship as one Temple Beth David community.”
The Rev. Jeffrey Braun, senior minister of First Congregational Church, added, “That our Jewish neighbors so yearn to praise the Lord in a united and uniting way that they would willingly seek sanctuary in our house of worship; and that our Christian congregation so yearns to embody Christ’s commandment to love God above all else and our neighbors as ourselves, is as profound and as embodied an expression of our respective faiths and our blended histories as one can imagine.”
For more on this story, see an upcoming edition of The Cheshire Herald.