The only way to deal with darkness is to be light.
“We want to bring light after what’s happened not only here in the United States but also in Barcelona. We bring light,” said Rabbi Shai Beloosesky at Friday night’s Shabbat service at Congregation Children of Israel.
Congregants were joined with members of other faiths as a show of solidarity after violence erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last week and a terror attack in Barcelona on Thursday left 14 dead and dozens injured.
“We try to support each other in times of difficulty,” said Ellen Francis Poisson, an Episcopal nun with the Order of Saint Helena Convent in North Augusta and a member of the Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta, who was in attendance.
Christians, Muslims and members of the B’hai faith community took part in the weekly worship service which was filled with joyous music and prayers. Early in the service, everyone took part in a candlelighting and joined hands in a circle.
Also, the guests were brought to the front and joined to hold a single candle during a song as a display of unity.
Beloosesky also lit a candle in memory of Heather Heyer, who was killed last week in Charlottesville and in the memory of all those killed in Barcelona. He said it was important that other faiths join together and to move forward in a world of light rather than darkness.
While those attending might have different beliefs, they all have things in common as well, he said.
“We are all created by the same God,” he said. “We are people. We are human beings.”
Aladien Fadel, secretary of the Interfaith Fellowship of Augusta and a member of the Islamic Society of Augusta, said that it was the common ground that brought him to Friday’s service.
“You heard the Rabbi say it. We all came from Adam and Eve,” Fadel said.