Multi-faith prayer vigil at Beth Israel Monday night

The East Jefferson Interfaith Clergy Association (EJICA), a group of Metairie and Kenner clergy men and women representing a number of denominations and faith groups including Congregations Beth Israel (Orthodox), Gates of Prayer (Reform) and Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, will hold a prayer vigil on Monday night at Beth Israel, 4004 West Esplanade Avenue.

Congregants and fellows will gather together at 6:30 p.m. in order to denounce the white nationalists, anti-Semites and neo-Nazis who marched last week in Charlottesville, which resulted in the overflow of violence and the death of a counterprotestor as the hands of one of the so-called alt-right.

The Jewish Community Relations Council, of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, and Congregation Beth Israel welcome and encourage the entire community, persons of all faiths, to attend this free event.

Rabbi Gabriel Greenberg, the spiritual leader of Beth Israel, is also the head of the New Orleans Jewish Clergy Association made up of ordained Jewish rabbis and cantors. He is also a member of EJICA.

A similar event sponsored by EJICA in February dealt with the proposed travel ban on six Muslim countries proposed by the Trump administration. It featured Alexis Pinsky as one of the Jewish speakers. At the time she was an associate rabbi with Congregation Gates of Prayer. She has recently accepted a post to Touro Synagogue and sent the CCJN her response. “There are not multiple avenues of interpretation when white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and Ku Klux Klansmen are marching down our streets,” she wrote. “It is particularly triggering to see swastikas and hear Nazi slogans, things which I thought I would experience in my lifetime, and this is not a time to remain silent. The Jewish community and minority communities have seen and heard vitriol like this before, but we can not and will not let this become a norm. It is up to all of us to continually stand up to and speak out against such repugnant showings of hate and discrimination.”

Parking will be available at Beth Israel and additional parking will be available at Congregation Gates of Prayer next door.

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