BRADENTON -- The sixth annual Temple Beth El downtown Bradenton Chanukah candle lighting event begins at 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Riverwalk Amphitheater east of the Green bridge
Temple Beth El has significant interest in interfaith passover seders at local churches, including First United Methodist.
First United Methodist has held a Holocaust service and Pastor Adam Zele has been active in developing ongoing relations with the Jewish community.
Temple Beth El also put on an interfaith symposium last year with its rabbi, a Catholic priests and a pastor.
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�One of my stepdaughters, who I helped raise since she was 8, is a Baptist minister -- so that makes me part of a very small select group -- Jewish dentists who have a Baptist minister daughter, said Irv Zamikoff of Temple Beth El.
The program will open with a welcome and introduction by temple President Sandy Clark, followed by a short history and the meaning of Chanukah.
Opening songs �One Special Night� and �Light these Lights� will be performed by the church choir directed by Jim Culver.
Blessings for the candle lighting will be performed by temple Cantor Alan Cohn. The ceremonial lighting of the candles and meaning of each candle will follow.
Cohn will sing and lead singing of traditional Chanukah songs followed by the Temple Shabbat Live band with cantorial soloist Deborah Polkinghorne-Suta, Robbie Taylor and Albert Rosenstein.
Closing words and the church choir singing �Peace on Earth� and �Shalom Chaverim� ( Peace Friends Until We Meet Again) will conclude the service.
Open to the public.