AJC Westchester

01/28 A Beloved Gathering Facing Racism Together: Bearing Witness and Bringing Hope 03:30 PM

Written By: Talk of the Sound News

WHITE PLAINS, NY — Sunday, January 28th at 3:30 pm at Mt. Hope AME Zion Church in White Plains, NY

At this time of deep division in our nation, more than 40 Christian, Jewish and Muslim denominations and sponsoring houses of worship and organizations will come together as a multi-faith community to learn, worship, sing and break bread in response to the racism that exists in our society. The race relations program is to support people of color, to recognize racism within us that may be embedded and not visible to us, and to provide practical opportunities for attendees to become active in protecting people of color and improving our society. The event will include:


  • Worship/Music/Praise
  • Personal Testimonies, including presentation of Rehabilitation Through The Arts
  • Speakers:



  1. Rev. Kymberly McNair – Antioch Baptist Church and Bedford Presbyterian Church
  2. Rev. Dr. Stephen Pogue – Greater Centennial AME Zion Church
  3. Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman – Larchmont Temple


  • Social Action Tables—presented by: My Brother’s Keeper; My Sisters’ Place; Neighbors for Refugees; Read-Talk-Act; REPAIR; SURJ; Westchester Youth Alliance and others
  • Beloved Community Dinner, curated by Rev. Doris Dalton – MLK Institute for Non-Violence

Denominational Sponsors

AJC Westchester/Fairfield – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Westchester Stake – Hudson River Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – Metropolitan NY Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – NY Annual Conference of the A.M.E. Zion Church – The NY Conference / The United Methodist Church – Roman Catholic Archdiocese of NY – Westchester Jewish Council – Westchester Board of Rabbis – Yonkers Islamic Center.

Sponsoring Houses of Worship and Institutions

Antioch Baptist Church, Bedford Hills – Bedford Presbyterian Church – Bet Am Shalom, White Plains – Bet Torah, Mt. Kisco – Beth El Synagogue , New Rochelle – Calvary Baptist Church, White Plains – Church of St. Augustine, Larchmont – Church of the Holy Family, New Rochelle – Congregation B’nai Yisrael, Armonk – Congregation Emanuel, Rye – Congregation KTI, Port Chester – Congregation Kol Ami, White Plains – Congregation Sulam Yaakov, Larchmont – Community Synagogue of Rye – First Baptist Church, Mamaroneck – First Baptist Church of White Plains – Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church, Mt. Vernon – Iona College, New Rochelle – Interfaith Connection – Interreligious Council of New Rochelle – Larchmont Avenue Church (Presbyterian) – Larchmont/Mamaroneck Human Rights Committee – Larchmont/Mamaroneck Interfaith Council – Larchmont Temple – Mamaroneck United Methodist Church – Manhattanville College, Purchase – Mt Hope A.M.E. Zion Church, White Plains – Northern Westchester Interfaith Council – Pleasantville Community Synagogue – Presbyterian Church of New Rochelle – Saint Augustine’s Church, Larchmont – Sinai Free Synagogue, Mount Vernon – Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emanu-El, Scarsdale – St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, White Plains – St. James Episcopal Church, North Salem – St. John’s Episcopal Church, Larchmont – St John’s Lutheran Church, Mamaroneck – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Rye Brook – St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Mamaroneck – Temple Beth Abraham, Tarrytown – Temple Beth El of Northern Westchester, Chappaqua – Temple Beth Shalom – Mahopac – Temple Israel Center, White Plains – Temple Israel of Northern Westchester, Croton-on-Hudson – Temple Shaaray Tefila of Westchester, Bedford Corners – Trinity United Methodist Church, White Plains – Westchester Jewish Center, Mamaroneck – Westchester MLK Institute for Nonviolence.

This will be the sixth in a series of prayer services as an interfaith response to current events. The first service was held during the Gaza conflict in the summer of 2014, the second was held following the terrorist attacks in Paris in the winter of 2015. The third in the summer of 2015 focused on racial equality and dignity in the wake of the Charleston massacre.  The fourth service in February 2016 was called “We Walk Together” and lashed out against violent extremism. And, the most recent one in October 2016 was called, “Testaments of Love” and celebrated love in our faith traditions.  This very special community-wide event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested.

For more information about this event, or to register (required), visit global.ajc.org/westfair/racism or call the contact above. Press passes available upon request.