This year's Jewish Federation Solidarity Mission to Israel from June 28 - July 9, 2015, will be blogged by David Kohanski. David will be updating the site daily with the group's adventures, thoughts, pictures and videos.
We are very lucky to have David assisting us with this special project. Please check back daily on the JFEC Family Mission 2015 tab and on JFEC's Facebook and JFEC's Google pages to see what Jerry's leading everyone on for the day!
Clergy and participants came from Norwich, New London, and Groton, CT. Speakers included Rabbi Rachel Safman, Monghi Daoudi, and New London Mayor Finizio. Rev. Cornish was particularly moving: his determination to overcome his disability has inspired us all for many years, as have his preaching and playing of the saxophone.
The event was quickly organized by Rev. Wade Hyslop of Trinity Missionary Baptist Church. On Sunday, Rabbi Aaron Rosenberg and other clergy participated in a service at our local AME Church.
It was good to see the diverse communities of our region represented. More must be done to address the challenges and the dangers of racism. I think there will be follow up to the activities that have taken place in the wake of the tragic attack in Charleston, and the JFEC and all our congregations will be part of those efforts.
Jerry Fischer, Executive Director, JFEC
Rev. Anthony C. Dinoto, top right, of the St. John's Episcopal Church in Niantic, hugs Rev. L. David Cornish, pastor of the Mount Moriah Fire Baptized Holiness Church in New London, as they participate in a vigil in the parking lot of the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church inNew London Monday, June 22, 2015. The vigil was to show support for the victims and their families of last week's massacre in Charlestown, South Carolina, at a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. (Tim Martin/The Day)
Published June 22. 2015 8:30PM
Updated June 23. 2015 10:33PM
New London — More than 100 people joined hands outside the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church as they sang “We Shall Overcome” on Monday evening to remember the nine victims of the recent massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church in Charleston, S.C. Click here to read the rest of the article about the vigil from The Day.
Israel -- only .1% of the world's population -- has contributed more than 30% of the international medical staff rescue team. Now that's a "disproportionate response"!
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This week as we begin the Book of Shemot. The Jewish Federation will be kicking off a series of weekly Torah discussions led by Rabbi Safman of Congregation Beth El in New London. The classes, which will take place every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at JFEC’s office (28 Channing Street, New London), will focus on parshat ha’shavua (the weekly Torah portion), bringing both traditional and contemporary insights to bear on the text. Furthermore, since our Sages taught “Im ein Kemach, ein Torah” (“Without bread, there is no Torah”, Pirkei Avot 3:21) the sessions will be accompanied by an (optional) dairy lunch available at nominal cost ($5/person).
Come join us for a chance to feed both your stomach and your soul. All participants are welcome, whatever your prior text study experience or skills. RSVPs would be welcomed. Please email email@example.com to express your interest.