Interfaith community event set to combat hate crimes

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PITTSFIELD — The Jewish congregations of the Berkshires have announced "An Evening of Unity, Prayer and Call to Action" this Thursday.

The event sponsored by the Jewish Federation and its affiliated organizations is described as a community-wide gathering "as we stand together against the hate of recent attacks targeting faith communities in Poway, Calif., Sri Lanka, Christchurch, New Zealand, as well as the arson of black churches in Louisiana.

It begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Berkshire Plaza Hotel, 1 West Street, in Pittsfield.

The interfaith program will include reflections from featured speakers Rabbi Levi Volovik of Chabad of the Berkshires, state Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier, D-Pittsfield, and the Rev. Brent Damrow of First Congregational Church of Stockbridge.

Rabbi David Weiner of Knesset Israel will lead a memorial prayer in to honor hate crime victims and Rabbi Liz Hirsch of Temple Anshe Amunim will lead the community in a call to action to meet hate with humanity through positive action.

The event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, Chabad of the Berkshires, Congregation Ahavath Sholom, Congregation Beth Israel, Hevreh of Southern Berkshire, Knesset Israel, Temple Anshe Amunim, and Berkshire Hills Hadassah.

For information, contact the Jewish Federation of the Berkshires, 413-442-4360, ext. 10.

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