Congregation Beth Israel will honor Tree of Life Synagogue with an interfaith memorial Shabbat service tonight, mayor and local clergy to participate

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We have more details on tonight’s interfaith memorial Shabbat service, which will begin at 7:30pm at Congregation Beth Israel (411 South 8th St).

Mayor Sherry Capello will give the opening blessing, followed by a message from Stu Perlmutter, a past president of Congregation Beth Israel.

Rev. Michael Remel of the United Methodist Church will greet the mourners, who will then individually recognize each of the 11 victims of last weekend’s mass shooting in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Joyce Fienberg, 75Pastor Kristal Smith, Lebanon Lutheran Cooperative Ministry
Rich Gottfried, 65Reverend David Zwifka, St. Luke’s Episcopal
Rose Mallinger, 97Pastor Daniel Donmoyer, ST. Luke’s Lutheran Schaefferstown
Jerry Rabinowitz, 66Pastor Dave Jones, St. Mark’s UCC, St John’s UCC Lebanon
Cecil Rosenthal, 59Pastor Barry Kendall, Messiah Lutheran Church
David Rosenthal, 54Pastor George Zimmerman, United Church of Christ
Bernice Simon, 84Pastor Jim Eikenberry, Moutn Wilson Church of the Brethren
Sylvan Simon, 86Pastor Timothy Dewald of Hill United Church of Christ
Daniel Stein, 71Jay Deshpande, Hindu Community of Central PA
Melvin Wax, 88Chaplain Glenn Esler, Cornwall Manor
Irving Younger, 69Pastor Gretchen Ierien, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Marty Haugen of the Lutherans of Lebanon County Choir will then perform “Shepherd me, O God Be” (Psalm 23).

The Shabbat service will then take place, with Rabbi Sam Yolen providing a helpful guide to those new to the tradition, including core aspects like barkhu (call to worship), ahavat olam (the commandments), shema (unity prayer), mi khamokha (celebrating the Jews’ “mixed multitudes” of peoples), and more.

Following the Shabbat service, the Choir of the Mount Wilson Church of the Brethren will perform, and then the evening will be closed with the Rabbi’s Benediction and priestly blessing (Numbers 6:24-26).

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