Compiled by Sharon Wisch-Ray
Daughters of Abraham Join Congregation Beth Shalom for a Unique Shabbat Experience
On April 1, Congregation Beth Shalom hosted a group of very special guests at its Shabbat evening service.
The Daughters of Abraham, a group of Jewish, Christian and Muslim women who meet once a month (there are separate groups in Fort Worth, Northeast Tarrant County and Dallas) to share their faith and cultural practices with each other, were warmly welcomed by CBS members. Some brought their spouses and children as well. Between the “Daughters” and CBS congregants, the group total reached approximately 100 participants.
Beth Shalom recently rejoined the Daughters of Abraham, whose brochure states, “Daughters of Abraham was formed to break down the walls of ignorance that exist within us all. Today, this mission is as strong as it was nearly a decade ago. We continue to grow beyond tolerance to a place where we genuinely love one another as we learn more about our faith traditions. By sharing our traditions, holidays and celebrations, we gain a deeper understanding of the spiritual practices and observances that bring joy and fulfillment to our lives as Jews, Christians and Muslims.”
Cantor Sheri Allen led the service and explained the structure and meaning behind the prayers to many who had never before attended a Jewish worship service. In addition, Allen compiled a booklet of nondenominational English prayers and writings that everyone joined in reading together.
It was quite moving to witness the power of communal prayer coming from those who, although their religions may differ, all share a common bond and commitment to learn about each other’s beliefs and rituals in the spirit of friendship, support and understanding.
Muslim daughter Dina Malki, a freelance writer active in interfaith dialogue and community work, was the guest speaker. Dina is passionate about building bridges between the Muslim and mainstream American communities, and has presented programs about Islam at schools, colleges, churches, synagogues and other institutions for over a decade. Her talk, titled, “Can I Make you a Cup of Coffee on Your Sabbath? A Muslim American Reflects on Sharing Traditions with Jews and Christians,” was engaging, interesting, and informative. A lovely Oneg Shabbat, sponsored by CBS sisterhood, followed, allowing everyone to engage in conversation and get to know each other better. It was a memorable Shabbat experience for all.
— Submitted by Cantor Sheri Allen
CAS religious school students learn about Jewish weddings
At the Congregation Ahavath Sholom Religious School, fifth- and sixth-graders have been studying the Jewish lifecycle from birth to burial, and everything in between including b’nai mitzvah and marriage.
As a part of this hands-on and experiential curriculum, students put on a fantastic mock Jewish wedding. Rabbi Andrew Bloom and Cantor Shoshana Abrams Kaikov officiated this mock wedding.
— Submitted by Cantor Shoshana Abrams Kaikov