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Lexington interfaith group gathers to show solidarity at Jewish temple

Interfaith community 'united in love' with local Jewish community

Members of Lexington's interfaith communities show support to members of the Jewish community at Temple Adath Israel during Friday Sabbath evening services.
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Members of Lexington's interfaith communities show support to members of the Jewish community at Temple Adath Israel during Friday Sabbath evening services.

Dozens of Lexington residents of different faiths gathered outside Temple Adath Israel on Friday with signs that read “United in Love” to show solidarity with the Jewish community.

“Our interfaith community is very concerned about all of this harassment and bigotry that’s happening,” said Rev. Marsha Moors-Charles, one of the gathering’s coordinators. “We wanted to make sure that our Jewish community understood that we saw and heard the chants of the white supremacists and what they were saying and we just want them to know that we’re behind them, that we stand with them.”

The gathering was not advertised, and organizers used word of mouth to get people to show up, said Moors-Charles, who is also the senior pastor of Bluegrass United Church of Christ. Participants wanted the congregation arriving for weekly services Friday night to be surprised.

Friday’s gathering was put together in coordination with Lexington United Interfaith Encounters, a group built to bring together people around the city who have different religious beliefs. JR Zerkowski, founder of Lexington United Interfaith Encounters, co-organized the gathering.

“We think that God is big enough for all of us,” Moors-Charles said.

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