April 29 at 10:00am
Let’s Bring a Light to the World
Saturday morning our Faith Liaison, Mary Ferro, and I attended Shabbat services at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, where Interfaith Community Services began 40 years ago. Later, we were leading a lunch discussion about the work of Interfaith when word of the attack on Chabad of Poway came. Interfaith board member and leader of Temple Adat Shalom, Rabbi David Castiglione, wisely decided it best to end the lunch and for all to safely go home.
Last night, at the vigil, with thousands of our neighbors, Rabbi Yisroel Goldestein from Chabad of Poway began by saying, “Look at the love. Look at the warmth…tonight we are together.” Rabbi Goldstein added, “This is the concept of pushing away darkness with light. Together we are an expression of unity.”
As a member organization with 350+ diverse member faith congregations, we stand with and support Chabad of Poway during this terrible time. As people of compassion and faith, we pray and send our most loving, supportive thoughts.
However, as Interfaith Community Services, we do more. Every day we demonstrate our commitment to the value of all people and all faiths through our work. We bring people of compassion and diverse faith together to help people in need. The people of this community created Interfaith 40 years ago, and every year, month, day, hour, and minute since, we have shown that by working together we are better able to address some of the most difficult issues in our society: poverty, hunger, sickness, addiction, and homelessness.
We don’t just do this as a social services agency, we do this as Interfaith Community Services, people of compassion, all faiths, and all backgrounds working together in support of one another.
I have never been prouder to be a part of this work and to continue the unity, compassion, and wisdom our founders demonstrated 40 years ago.
Our commitment to all faiths and all people has never been more important.
Rabbi Goldstein closed his remarks that evening by saying, “Poway, San Diego, and the entire United States of America…let’s make a difference. Let’s bring a light to the world.”
CEO, Cohn Family CEO Chair
Interfaith Community Services