Addressing Antisemitism

Utilizing a microgrant provided by the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ, CSE hosted an “Addressing Antisemitism Today” program on Thursday, June 8.

With antisemitism alarmingly on the rise, it is essential to foster dialogue within and between communities of faith, specifically in this program — the Jewish community and the Christian community.  Participants gathered for dinner and a program presented by Rabbi Julie and Pastor Nancy Truscott, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Nutley.

In follow-up, we received the following letter from Pastor Truscott:

“Dear Rabbi Julie and community of Congregation Shomrei Emunah, 

I can’t thank you enough for hosting the workshop on Addressing Antisemitism Today. 

First, thank you, Rabbi Julie, for leading the workshop.  It was truly powerful because you spoke from your heart.  You also provided education and opportunities to discuss antisemitism. 

My thanks to the members of Congregation Shomrei Emunah for warmly welcoming everyone — not just to provide a meeting space, but also to help us have a wonderful dinner together, courtesy of Kosher Express! 

I also want to thank Marjorie Steffe for coordinating the logistics with endless patience. 

It was a hope-filled experience!  It was wonderful to have a variety of faith expressions present.  The following faith groups gathered with open hearts and spirits: Grace Episcopal Church in Nutley, Vincent United Methodist Church in Nutley, the B’hai Community of Montclair, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Nutley, as well as Congregation Shomrei Emunah.  

There were also community clergy in attendance:  The Rev. Pam Bakal from Grace Episcopal Church in Nutley, The Rev. Audrey Hasselbrook from St. James Episcopal Church in Montclair and Grace Episcopal Church in Nutley, The Rev. David LeDuc from Vincent United Methodist in Nutley. 

Many thanks to all!”

Pastor Nancy Truscott
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Nutley”

Marjorie Steffe
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