Elijah is a founding partner of Praying Together in Jerusalem, practicing side-by-side prayer to enhance friendship, respect and a common spiritual quest across religions.
In additional to our usual partners – Tantur Ecumenical Institute, Jerusalem Peace-Makers, the Sisters of Sion, the Swedish Theological Institute and Interfaith Encounter Association – this event was hosted by the Conservative Yeshiva (Fuchsberg Centre), whose students attended. Others joining included Palestinian Muslims from East Jerusalem and al-Idna near Hebron and included a contingent of members of Women Wage Peace.
Welcoming words and blessings were offered by Tamara Fine Skversky from the Fuchsberg Center, PTIJ co-convenor, Eliyahu McLean, Sheikh Jamal al Din, a Muslim educator from Beit Haninah in East Jerusalem, Ahuva Tamar Batch, an Israeli Jewish woman from the Women Wage Peace NGO, and Sister Trudy Nabuurs and other "Sisters" from the Sisters of Sion at Ecce Homo in the Old City.
A unique feature of lighting Hannuka candles in this context was the ability to have a representative from each faith and organization light one of the candles, suggesting how our individual lights join up and make one greater light of peace and understanding.
“In spite of heavy rain, we had our praying together in Jerusalem tonight. It was a great evening. There was a large number of young Yeshiva students - they were well over 50 – plus some Muslims and about 12 Christians. We broke up into mixed religious groups and we had great text-study and discussion. The lighting of the Hanukkah candles was most moving, with different representatives each participating. A very worthwhile evening.” (Sister Trudy Nabuurs, Sister of Sion)