2018-05-09 / Voice at the Shore

Beth El holds Father Schiavo Interfaith Service May 22


RABBI AARON KRAUSS RABBI AARON KRAUSS Beth El Synagogue in Margate will hold its annual Father Schiavo Interfaith Service on Tuesday, May 22, at 7 p.m. The service will honor two clergy members: Father Joseph D. Wallace, director of ecumenical and interreligious affairs for the Diocese of Camden, and Claire Collins, choir director for Holy Trinity Parish.

Beth El’s annual Father Schaivo Interfaith Service grew out of a friendship that developed between Beth El Rabbi Aaron Krauss and Father Thom Schaivo, assistant pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church of Margate. Schaivo proposed that the two congregations get to know each other better and asked to speak at Beth El’s services. After Schaivo tragically passed away at age 37, Beth El Synagogue honored his memory by establishing an annual interfaith service, where awards were given out to worthy community members of all faiths.

Father Wallace, who will receive the Brotherhood Award, has been involved with ecumenical and interreligious affairs for more than 25 years, and writes a regular column on the subject for the Catholic Star Herald. He has also been the president of Wildwood Catholic High School since 2009 and is the pastor of the Notre Dame De La Mer Parish in North Wildwood.

Claire Collins, who will receive the Sisterhood Award, is a longtime supporter of the Father Schiavo Award Program. In addition to directing the choir for Holy Trinity Parish, she also chairs the music department at Holy Spirit High School.

A dessert reception in honor of the award winners will follow the service. For more information, please call Beth El at (609) 823-2725. s

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