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SCUCC, Bat Yam to discuss Book of Esther

By Staff | Jan 10, 2020

ROY GIBSON Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, left, and the Rev. Dr. John Danner in Israel.

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ’s Pastor John Danner and Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, of Bat Yam Temple Sanibel, will present sessions on the Book of Esther – the only book in the Bible which never mentions God – on Jan. 15 and Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.

Free and open to the public, the classes will be held in Fellowship Hall at the Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ, at 2050 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.

Participants will explore the book in its original setting, then move on to apply its lessons to life in twenty-first America. They will discuss what the book may have to say about the role of women in society, the pernicious phenomenon of prejudice, and the question of purpose.

The studies are part of the annual celebration each January of these congregations’ relationship. Since its inception 28 years ago as the only Jewish congregation on Sanibel, Bat Yam – Temple of the Islands has called the building at SCUCC its home. The two congregations share more than a building. They enjoy a long-term relationships that celebrates both what they have in common and where they differ, times of fellowship as well as education, and mutual support.

Danner and Fuchs led members from both congregations on a trip to Israel in the spring of 2019. They continue a long tradition of the clergy from both congregations joining forces to present educational programs for their congregations, as well as other interested members of the community. The two congregations are founding partners in the annual Shared Scholar Lecture Series.

For more information, call 239-472-0497 or visit www.sanibelucc.org.