Skip to comments.Catholic Church opens its doors to Jewish neighbors in need for Rosh Hashanah
Posted on 09/19/2012 1:09:30 AM PDT by Cronos
A ruptured pipe threatened to dampen Rosh Hashanah services on Long Island, but instead it brought neighbors of two faiths closer together.
Synagogue leaders arrived at the Jewish Center of Island Park on Sunday to find the ground floor completely flooded.
The nipple of the pipe had burst, completely flooding about two-thirds of the way back through the building, said Steve Gappelberg, a member of the center. It was unusable.
..Organizers turned to their neighbors at the Sacred Heart Church a block away to help them start off the new year right.
We spent the entire day moving 250 chairs, bringing over our torah scrolls, portable arc, and we turned this auditorium into a synagogue, Jewish Center of Island Park co-president Steve Diamond told CBS 2′s Weijia Jiang.
Firefighters and volunteers quickly pitched in and scrambled to get the Parish Hall in shape for the Rosh Hashanah services.
We do work very closely together and theres a wonderful respect, Father John Tutone said. This is just reflective of what always is here in our community. All involved agreed that this meeting of two faiths showed how people can work together and respect each other even if they have different beliefs.
New year, new start, new beginning and were all here to be together, Rabbi Mark Getman added.
It means the world. Without it we were nothing, nowhere to turn, Jewish Center of Island Park secretary and treasurer Steve Michelson said.
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Sharing G_d’s love is what it’s all about.
I really like reading stories like this. Thank you for posting it.
Very soon they’ll realize that something else unites them: both faiths are hated by Obama.
This Jew and many other Freeper Jews already know that.
And there is a fresh new Jewish conservative waking up every day.
AMEN to that and I SECOND IT!
A good and blessed happy Jewish High Holy Days to that Jewish faith community and to the Jewish FRpers here.
And also the SAME OBAMA is also is WORKING HARD to THROW BOTH FAITHS UNDER THE BUS.
....And in a special way with Obama treating Israel and the Jewish people, starting with one Mayor Rahm Emmanuel since Obama was “silent” during the recent teachers strike like “pariahs”.
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
Sorry folks, but, no, this is not good.
Yes, it is good and commendable to offer material and moral support to those in need, including non-Christians. But you do not bring in non-Christian worship of any kind into a Catholic parish. A parish is to stand for Christ and his Holy Catholic Church, period. It is never to be utilized as a setting for anything contrary to Catholicism. To do so is to dishonor Christ and smacks of religious indifferentism.
And you can bet your bottom dollar that any Orthodox Jewish synagogue worth its salt would never allow any part of its facilities to be turned into a makeshift Catholic parish, though that is besides the main point here.
Jews and Christians can get along like brothers. The real problem is the Muslim threats worldwide to Jews and Christians and I’ll bet none of the men of the cloth mentioned here care about it. They are more into inter-religious dialog with local Muslims
Doberville: I do not spoil anything that is worth buzzing about.
DennisW: While there are Muslims who are a serious threat, it would not be accurate to paint all Muslims with such a wide brush. I would also point out that relations with Jews are not always that good, and we can talk quite a bit about more than one monastery in the Holy Land being subject to Zionist vandalism, and the regular occurance of priests, monks, and nuns being spat at in Jerusalem by yeshiva bochers.
Cronos: No, spreading God’s love is not what it’s all about. It’s about evangelizing all of humanity - including Jews - to bring them to Christ and His Holy Catholic Church. After that, you can do the hokey pokey and turn yourself around, if you wish. :)
Gald to see this cooperation. Everyone is better for it.
Plus Ubama may hate both religions, but all true believers in both religions hate him back just as much.
Of course the Muslims would be equally gracious, since all religions are pretty much the same. At least that’s what I’ve been told...
—— Yes, it is good and commendable to offer material and moral support to those in need, including non-Christians. But you do not bring in non-Christian worship of any kind into a Catholic parish. ——
They used the auditorium, as far as I can tell, so I don’t see a problem. I suppose someone could infer religious relativism, but I think it’s obvious to most people that this was an act of charity.
Consider the alternative: shutting them out. That seems far worse.
A good homily would explain the pastor’s actions and dispel any concerns about synchretism.
Dziekuje! (That’s about the extent of my Polish)
Auditorium or not, the facilities of a Catholic parish should not be used for worship that does not recognize and give proper honor to Christ and, in effect, is a de facto denial of Him.
This was a good deed.