At this Saturday’s Torah Study, having just read Kedoshim (Lev 19:1-20:27), the Holiness Code, a few of us determined that rather than simply offering the use of our building to Trinity Church, that members of our congregation should personally welcome our guests. Welcoming the stranger goes to the heart of our Jewish values. With very short notice others joined us in this effort.
On Sunday morning, Rabbi Friedman and a number of Temple Israel members welcomed over 900 people to Temple Israel. The expression of gratitude on their part was overwhelming. Literally, some with tears in their eyes, shook our hands while offering thanks, many of whom noted some connection that they might have had to TI in the past … a neighbor as a congregant, attending a lecture or a service, while others had commented that this was their first visit.
Read the observations about the church here.
Added: Photos of the service at Trinity Church Boston Facebook page.