Joint Selichot service in Emerson
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Joint Selichot service in Emerson

Local religious leaders and members of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities gathered at Congregation B’nai Israel in Emerson to share a Selichot service prepared by B’nai Israel and Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley in Woodcliff Lake. Victor Salama, the executive director of First Friends of New York and New Jersey, an organization that advocates for refugees in detention locally, talked about “New Jersey’s Hidden Shame.”

Back row: Rabbi David Bockman of Temple Beth Shalom in Park Ridge; Rabbi Debra Orenstein of Bnai Israel in Emerson; Father Anthony Puca, Jr. of Grace Church in Westwood; Rev. Mark Suriano of First United Church of Christ in Park Ridge; Esra Tozan, the interfaith director of Peace Islands in Hasbrouck Heights; and Rev. Larissa Romero of Pascack Reformed Church in Park Ridge. Front row: Cantor Alan Sokoloff of Temple Emanuel in Woodcliff Lake; Hakan Yesilova, the editor of the Fountain Magazine; Rev. Brian Neville of United Methodist Church in Hillsdale; Rev. Marc Stutzel of Christ Lutheran Church in Woodcliff Lake; and Cantor Emeritus Mark Biddleman, Rabbi Loren Monsov, and choir director George Swope, all of Temple Emanuel of Woodcliff Lake.

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