(September 26, 2021, JNS Wire)
StandWithUs is proud to present “Melody-Harmony-Unity, A Christian-Jewish Musical Celebration of Israel” which will air on September 26 at 6pm in all time zones. This unique online concert is a first project of the newly created StandWithUs Interfaith Alliance, which is modeled after years of interfaith partnerships enjoyed by StandWithUs chapters around the world, and particularly by the StandWithUs Midwest office, and its Executive Director, Peggy Shapiro.
This extraordinary celebration brings together rabbis, pastors, cantors, singers and gospel choirs who feel connected to Israel and have joined the fight against antisemitism. A portion of the elaborate international production was filmed at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles, while other performances were taped at the gates of Jerusalem, and at the Benedictine Monastery in the Arab town of Abu Gosh.
The event is hosted by Roz Rothstein, CEO and co-founder of StandWithUs, a 20-year old international education-based organization working to fight antisemitism and educate people around the world of all faiths and ages about Israel. She stated, “This production is a labor of love and fellowship, bringing Jews and Christians together to support Israel now and in the future. Through the new StandWithUs Interfaith Alliance, we hope to energize participants to become more engaged.” Carly Gammill, director of the StandWithUs Center for Combating Antisemitism co-hosts the program. A Christian, Carly says that she is “proud to be counted within the tent of those who love Israel and the Jewish people.”
Inspirational speakers include: Rabbi David Baron, Rabbi Pini Dunner, Rabbi Marc Schneier, Bishop Robert Stearns who also performs the “Impossible Dream,” Pastor Dumisani Washington, Olga Meshoe Washington and Rabbi David Wolpe.
The gifted talent is sure to inspire people of all ages, with their exceptional voices and their support for Israel. Performances include Rabotai Jewish, an A Capella group singing “Hatikvah” at the gates of Jerusalem. Brother Olivier of the Benedictine Monastery in Abu Gosh and Cantor Martin Katzauer perform songs about Jerusalem and at the Saban Theater, Cantor Ilysia Pierce and the Spirit of David Choir of City of Refuge Church in Gardena perform songs by Celine Dion, the Beatles, and a rousing rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” We will hear Pat Boone’s rendition of “Exodus,” and The Hebrew Project will sing their new song, “Oh Jerusalem.”
One goal of the celebration is to motivate people to join the interfaith alliance so they can be engaged with campaigns that will benefit Israel and help fight antisemitism. An important campaign will be introduced during the program by Carly Gammill, which encourages greater adoption of the international consensus definition of antisemitism, developed by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA). Other campaigns will be introduced in the future. On the registration page, people can elect to sign up to receive information about timely campaigns, receive briefings and fact sheets and important notices of emergency action alerts.
It’s free to register for the concert. Go to: https://www.standwithus.com/interfaithalliance
It will air on that page and also on Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and Jewish Broadcasting Service (JBS), and on StandWithUs platforms, including Standwithus.TV.
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