Our house is a house of prayer for all people! We are excited to meet you and have you participate with our Temple family. Our hearts and our doors are open to welcome you in!
Dear Members of our Temple Family,
All of us were shocked and saddened by the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida on Shavuot morning, June 12. Sunday evening, I visited the mosque at the Birmingham Islamic Center for evening prayers, and I was warmly and graciously received. One week earlier, I was included in a community worship service at the Covenant Community Church to celebrate Gay Pride Month. There too I was warmly and graciously received. We are suffering as a nation. Elements of our communities are afraid for their safety. As Jews who have often been targets of unfounded hatred and violence, we can empathize with every community which lives with a measure of fear and concern for their well-being.
During our Friday evening Shabbat worship, we will be holding a memorial service for the victims of the Orlando Nightclub Massacre. Temple Emanu-El has extended a special invitation to the Muslim and LGBT communities to join us in worship. We will create an opportunity to pray together, remember the victims, and acknowledge the common humanity of all of God’s children.
I am not sure who will actually show up from the community at large. But most important, I want to see you, our Temple family. I hope that you will join us for this important evening of worship and commemoration, and please feel free to bring your friends.
May this Shabbat bring us some measure of healing and reconciliation.
See you at Temple,
Rabbi Jonathan Miller