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Welcome to a discussion spot on Judaism, its history, its belief, and its practices, especially in the US Virgin and Caribbean. Rabbi Michael Harvey will be here every Tuesday at 11:00 am Eastern Time. The Interfaith Council of the Caribbean was founded to promote mutual understanding, respect, appreciation, & cooperation among people of various faith & cultural communities in the Caribbean, including the US & BVI. Members of the Interfaith Council of the Caribbean are definitely encouraged to share their events and concerns and you are certainly invited to call with your questions or comments. The number is (323) 870-4095. Additionally, events will be announced, questions will be answered, and challenges accepted. This month is the Hebrew Month of Elul, a time of deep reflection and prayer for the Jewish people. The month ends with the beginning of our new year, Rosh Hashanah, which takes place this year Sunday evening, October 2nd, 2016. Jews will begin the year of 5777.

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Etienne A. Gibbs May 2, 2017 - Chatting with Rabbi Mike

Many Jewish Americans in the US remember Israel’s Independence Day today, May 2, 2017, also known as Yom Ha’Atzmaut (or Yom HaAtzmaut). Celebrations are annually held on or around the 5th day of the month of Iyar, according to the Jewish calendar. Many Jewish organizations, including community centers, university student groups, & some schools, organize events to celebrate Yom Ha’Atzmaut. Many of these events are open to the general public and include entertainment such as: Kosher pizza dinners, Singing, music & dance performances, Face painting, Flag-making activities, Barbecues, Special rides, including camel rides.

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Etienne A. Gibbs January 12, 2017 - Chatting with Rabbi Mike

Hebrew Congregation has had a rich history of inclusion since its founding in 1796. Spanish Jews escaping oppression from the Inquisition found a safe haven here in the Caribbean.

It is that feeling of welcome and hospitality that we continue to instill here in our synagogue over 200 years later. Today, our membership reflects both the history and diversity of St. Thomas. Members come from all walks of like and many different religious backgrounds and ethnicities.

As a congregation, we welcome Jewish families in all their diversity, including interfaith families, LGBTQ couples with or without children, Jewish singles and single parents, and Jews of color. In addition, while we identify as a reform congregation, Jews of all denominations should feel welcome worshipping with us.

Finally, as a Synagogue located in a tropical destination, we embrace an eclectic combination of permanent members, off-island members, and visitors, all of whom add to the culture of our historic synagogue and congregation.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hebrew Congregation where you can add a new voice, and another source of energy, to our warm and open-minded Jewish environment.

We hope you have come to learn, teach, study, and pray next to all of us.

B’Shalom,

Rabbi Michael E. Harvey

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Etienne A. Gibbs January 12, 2017 - Chatting with Rabbi Mike

The public is invited to join the Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas for the Annual Shabbat Awards Service Honoring Dr. Martin Luther KIng, Jr. and awarding a student from each of the high schools in the St. Thomas-St. John District..

Also, Reverend Odell Cleveland, Chief Administrative Officer of the Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, North Carolina.

Following the Awards Service, you are invited to the Oneg Shabbat reception in the Lilienfeld House next door.

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