By St. David’s, Oklahoma CitySt. David’s, Oklahoma City representatives, the Revs. Beth Bell and Mary Ann Coffman, David Coffman, and Fanny Polo, were among the crowd of 450 people who attended Temple B’nai Israel Sunday, October 28th, for a prayer vigil.
The vigil was attended by members of the Jewish community, Christians, Muslims, and others to pray for the victims of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. This prayer gathering included inspirational music, prayers, Scriptures and remarks by Roberta Clark, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, Rabbi Vered Harris of Temple B'nai Israel, Rabbi Abby Jacobson of Emanuel Synagogue, Rabbi Ovadia Goldman of Chabad Community Center, and Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty.
We were extremely touched by a story told by one of the rabbis that illustrated solidarity. The story was a true account of an anti-Semitic attack on a home in Montana. After a rock was thrown through the window of a Jewish home displaying a menorah, the surrounding community stood in solidarity with the family by displaying menorahs in their front windows. The messages from all the presenters were powerful and the entire vigil left all of us with a sense of hope.
The escalation of racism, antisemitism, nationalism, xenophobia, and more creates a great need to intentionally seek to live in the divine love that unites us. The love that seeks solidarity. The love that seeks God's unity in human diversity. The love that seeks to unite us as the fragile, flawed human family---the family of God's people. And we at St. David’s caught many glimpses of that divine love that evening.
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