On September 6th at 7 pm at Congregation Beth Chaim, 329 Village Road East, Princeton Junction, NJ, the Central New Jersey community will gather as one — to respond to the actions of hate groups in places such as Charlottesville, Virginia.
Entitled “Nobody is Born Hating”, the event will include: a period of communal song and engaging interfaith prayer; a special candle-lighting ceremony to highlight the community’s stance against hate; and words of inspiration from clergy and community leaders. The evening will conclude with the opportunity for all in attendance to sign their names on a “Nobody is Born Hating Banner” that will be displayed in community spaces throughout the following month. In addition, plans include the opportunity to participate in smaller breakout groups with clergy and local leaders where community members can share their concerns and explore ways they can act to make a difference.
The gathering is being convened by the AJC New Jersey Regional Office and the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks, the Board of Rabbis of Princeton Mercer Bucks, the Windsor Hightstown Area Ministerium and the Princeton Clergy Association. Co-sponsors of the event include the Kidsbridge Tolerance Center, La Convivencia, the West Windsor Chapter of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Not In Our Town:Pinceton and the Hindu-Jewish Coalition (list in formation). As Rabbi David Levy, AJC New Jersey Regional Director, noted: “Looking back on the lessons of history, we know all too well the harm associated with apathy and the risk of silence in the face of extremism. It is with this understanding that we are calling on our community to gather together and voice our support of one another, joining hands in response to hate.”