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May 2019 - Message from the Rabbi

Pulpit Swap – May 17-19 with Reverend Kevin Fleming and First Presbyterian Church

Five years ago, we revived a tradition from decades ago in Evansville. My dear Friend Reverend Kevin Fleming (from First Presbyterian Church) and I engaged in a “Pulpit Swap” – speaking at each other’s house of worship over the course of a weekend – encouraging learning, fellowship and friendship between our congregations. I am vey glad to say that at the end of this month, the annual Pulpit Swap will be taking place. I am asking you to join me at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 19th for either the 8:30 AM or 10:30 AM service where I will be delivering the sermon for the day. I also would like to ask that you make an effort to join us on Friday night, the 17th of May, where Reverend Fleming will deliver the sermon at our Erev Shabbat Service. We will both be delivering our sermons based on the prescribed scriptural readings for that week. Reverend Fleming’s sermon will be entitled “Hallowing,” and my sermon will be entitled “Making God Whole.”

The “Pulpit Swap” gives us a chance to experience and better understand how we worship, what the similarities are (and there are many) and what is unique to each other’s faith tradition. Education, partnership and fellowship can help to eradicate ignorance and build tolerance, friendship understanding and community.

The relationship we have forged with First Presbyterian Church has really enhanced our congregation in so many ways over these past few years. My personal friendship with Kevin is one that I cherish deeply – he truly is a “Mensch” in every way.

I hope that you will join us for all or part of this very unique and important weekend. Our services will be at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 17th at TABI and Sunday morning, a contemporary service (think Shabbat Rocks) will be at 8:30 AM and a traditional service will be at 10: 30 AM.


Gary A. Mazo, Rabbi