On Sunday evening, Nov. 19, it was Congregation Or Shalom’s turn to host the annual Orange Thanksgiving service. More than 250 people of all faiths attended the service at the Conservative synagogue in, what else, Orange, which benefited the Orange Food Pantry and Fuel Assistance Program and featured an interfaith children’s choir led by Bryan Campbell and Cindy Chandler of the Orange Congregational Church. “The wonderful feeling of unity we enjoy here tonight is sorely needed in our country…In fact, it’s what America is all about!” commented Or Shalom’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus.
CAP: At the Orange Thanksgiving service: (front row, l to r) Rev. Suzanne Wagner (Orange Congregational Church), Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus (Congregation Or Shalom), Imam Bachir Djehiche (New Haven Islamic Center), Rev. Norman Brockett (Holy Infant Church) and Rev. Diana Rogers (Church of the Good Shepherd); (back row, l to r) Rev. Peter Orfanakos (Greek Orthodox Church) and Rabbi Michael Farbman (Temple Emanuel).