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Can a Palestinian from the Gaza Strip and a Jewish American from New York find a common bond through music?

Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo invites the community to participate in a special Friday Night Shabbat service on March 7. Spiritual Leader Beth Schafer, who recently produced the celebration of Women of Reform Judaism’s Centennial Anniversary at the URJ’s Biennial Convention, (featured in URJ Top Ten Moments for 2013), has organized another evening of meaningful music and spiritual exploration with visiting artists Michael Ochs and Alaa Ali. 

Join celebrated Jewish American songwriter/producer Michael Hunter Ochs and noted Palestinian songwriter/recording artist/political activist Alaa Ali for a Shabbat service followed by an intimate program of song and conversation. These two improbable friends will retrace their steps through the security checkpoints between Israel and the West Bank, across the Middle East—eventually finding themselves performing together at the United Nations. The personal stories, stunning photographs and exclusive video accompanying the music promise to make this an incredible experience. 

Temple Shir Shalom’s Shabbat experience will also feature the temple choir and an oneg Shabbat. All are welcome to come to the First United Methodist Church of Oviedo (263 King Street, Oviedo, FL 32765).  Services begin at 7:30 pm.

Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo (www.templeshirshalom.org) is a growing, Reform congregation that welcomes all families, singles, seniors, and interfaith couples searching for their spiritual home. Its culture is one of warmth and inclusion.


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