Originally created 11/29/97

Service recalls Holocaust's birth



The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd will be the scene Tuesday for an interfaith service, Prayers of Remembrance, a commemoration of Kristallnacht.

Translated "the night of broken glass," it ushered in the Nazi Holocaust.

On the night of Nov. 9 and into the early morning hours of Nov. 10, 1938, mob violence and fires broke out all over Germany and Austria. About 7,500 Jewish homes, shops and institutions and 267 synagogues were destroyed.

An estimated 100 Jews lost their lives and 30,000 were sent to German concentration camps. At the end of the Holocaust 61/2 years later, 6 million Jews had died.

Dr. Jim Carpenter, who taught systematic theology at the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in New York, wrote the service, and it was presented at the National Jewish Christian Workshop in Pittsburgh in 1992.

Dr. Carpenter retired in 1994 after 30 years there and has lived in Augusta since 1995.

"My mother never liked the way (systematic theology) sounded, so she just said I taught Bible," he said.

In 1986, he founded the Center for Jewish/Christian Studies and Relations, which fostered Christian and Jewish dialogue at the seminary, he said. Seminary students from the Episcopal school and from Hebrew Union College, also in New York, discussed Scriptures, their interpretation and the differences in understanding on the basis of one's community, said Dr. Carpenter.

The year of his retirement, Hebrew Union College gave him an honorary doctor of humane letters.

"It was very unusual for a Jewish seminary to do that for a Christian," he said.

Dr. Carpenter will narrate the interfaith service Tuesday. Other participants include the Rev. Robert Fain, rector of Good Shepherd; the Rev. Dann Brown, assistant rector; Rabbi Jordan Parr of Congregation Children of Israel; and Rabbi Alex Greenbaum of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue.

The event is free and open to the public.

Commemoration

What: Interfaith Kristallnacht commemoration

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2230 Walton Way

Cost: Free