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Interfaith Clergy Comes Together to Open Holocaust Related Play at Lake Tahoe

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Interfaith clergy before opening the play, from left to right—Hillary Bittman, Jonathan Freirich, Rajan Zed, Jeffrey Paul, Charles Durante, Dixie Jennings-Teats, Larry Schneider.

In a remarkable interfaith gesture, area clergy belonging to various religions and denominations opened a historical play “Kindertransport” in South Lake Tahoe (California).

Each of the clergy read a part of a poem inspired by the famous statement attributed to German Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984). Clergy included Jewish Rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, Roman Catholic Father Charles T. Durante, Episcopal priest Jeffrey Paul, Unity leader Hillary Bittman, United Methodist pastor Dixie Jennings-Teats, Unity minister Larry Schneider, and Hindu leader Rajan Zed. Holocaust survivor couple, Bob and Ilse Mueller, lighted the candles on the occasion commemorating 72nd anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, says that despite our seriously different belief systems, we should learn to live and grow together in mutual trust and peace.

Diane Samuels’ “Kindertransport” examines the life, during and afterwards of Second World War, of a Kindertransport child. Held at Lake Tahoe Community College, it was directed by Susan Boulanger, while Juliette Hill played the part of Eva Schlesinger.