Beth Emet synagogue welcomes Evanstonians to an interfaith celebration the night before Thanksgiving. Now an established tradition, the 14th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service, sponsored by Interfaith Action of Evanston, blends liturgy, prayers and sacred music from the community&rsquo s diverse congregations and faith traditions.
Beth Emet's cantor Arik Luck and colleague Reverend Vernon Clark of 2nd Baptist Church will be co-leading a choir made up of members of both congregations. The blended choirs have performed together at Martin Luther King and 9/11 observances, and enjoy sharing their different styles.
The service music takes inspiration from gospel and Jewish liturgy, and will express themes of hunger, healing, and hope. Luck is contributing some original music written with collaborator Barb Wertico, and the congregation will be encouraged to sing along.
The service will include an offering to support Interfaith Action's anti-hunger activities. Parking is available at Beth Emet, and down the street at the Unitarian Church.