The 10th Annual World Interfaith Harmony Assembly in central New York will take place on Monday, Feb. 3, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Temple Adath Yeshurun, 450 Kimber Rd., Syracuse, with a reception to follow. In recognition of this milestone we have chosen the theme: “Growing Together: Celebrating Ten Years of Interfaith Harmony.”
World Interfaith Harmony Week has been celebrated locally since 2010, when it was first proposed at the United Nations General Assembly by King Abdullah II of Jordan. Since its founding, faith groups all over the world have gathered during the 1st week of February to celebrate interfaith harmony with community events, meals, services, and festivities of various kinds. The movement is strengthened by building ties among world religions, educating ourselves about each other, and helping our community appreciate the beauty and diversity of our faith traditions and our diverse cultures.
For more background, see worldinterfaithharmonyweek.com
In 2011 Women Transcending Boundaries and InterFaith Works of Central New York began sponsoring an annual assembly for Central New York, which for one evening during the first week of February brings people of diverse faiths and spiritual communities under one roof. Since then, a colorful and diverse array of faith groups have gathered to share something distinct from their particular tradition by giving short presentations of poetry, song, stories, cultural dance, etc. Every year since its founding, our friend, Dr. Joan Hillsman from Bethany Baptist Church joins us to lead songs she has written just for our Syracuse event.
Each annual event is hosted by a different congregation with as many as 600 in attendance. Past events have been hosted by:
2011: Bethany Baptist Church — Syracuse Eastside
2012: Temple Concord — Syracuse University Neighborhood
2013: St. John the Baptist and Holy Trinity Church — Syracuse Northside
2014: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — Liverpool
2015: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church — Downtown Syracuse
2016: The Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary — Syracuse Northside
2017: University United Methodist Church — Syracuse University Neighborhood
2018: Congregation Beth Sholom-Chevra Shas — Dewitt
2019: Southern Missionary Baptist Church — Syracuse Southside
This year’s event is hosted by Temple Adath Yeshurun on 450 Kimber Road on Syracuse’s eastside. The event is free and open to the public. The entrance and building are handicap accessible. There is plenty of free parking at the synagogue, including at the lot across the street on Kimber Road.
Join us on Feb. 3rd as we celebrate ten years of diversity and harmony. Please let us know if you would like to participate in or host our 11th Annual World Interfaith Harmony Assembly!