Sold Out Crowd at Last Sunday’s reGENERATION Interfaith Concert for Possibility

By: Shepha Vainstein, reGENERATION  


Nearly 650 people who filled Temple Emanuel for last Sunday’s reGENERATION CONCERT FOR POSSIBILITY. We shared a memorable evening of uplifting song and celebration with a remarkable variety of twenty world class artists and inspiring interfaith clergy. Supporting the vision of reGeneration was the superb musicianship and humanity of the Yuval Ron Ensemble, Craig Taubman, Danny Maseng, the harmonic Muslim group Noor, master violinist Riad Abdel-Gawad, Ali Amr and more!

Audience members were moved by interfaith prayers and an enchanting candle-lighting ceremony offered by the children who accompanied Imam Jihad Turk, Rabbi Sharon Brous and All Saints representative, Carissa Baldwin.
Comments from esteemed actor Ed O’Neill, best known for his roles on Married…With Children (Al Bundy) and Modern Family (Jay Prichett), included an accounting of the remarkable story of Northern Ireland’s peace process. Mr. O’Neill asked us to remember that although we cannot change the past we can choose to change the future – and that focusing on Jewish, Muslim, and Christian children in the Middle East today can be a nexus for change tomorrow. In the moments preceding the concert, Imam Jihad Turk led a group of Muslim attendees in evening prayer. This took place in the courtyard at Temple Emanuel, an event which embodied respect and tolerance in all its glory!
A broad range of thirty-seven organizations from Muslim, Christian and Jewish faiths co-sponsored this historic concert including All Saints Church, IKAR, The Islamic Center of Southern California, Temple Emanuel, the New Israel Fund and the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Already underway are plans for next year’s concert which promises to be even more spectacular!   We look forward to keeping you updated on this and other future events.

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