Editor: On Friday, Feb. 24, congregants of Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation were pleasantly surprised to find a group of 22 members of ADAMS, a Muslim organization, welcoming them to enjoy the Friday evening Jewish service and Sabbath.
The group from ADAMS held signs including, “We are all descended from Adam.”
The congregants from Beth Chaverim had worked together with ADAMS and the Christian Fellowship Church on charitable events, such as serving dinners to needy families in Sterling, mutual social events, and knew many of the ADAMS members.
The recent military action against immigrants, and the executive orders allowing police to detain and turn over to immigration police authorities, any immigrant committing any, or suspected of any minor infraction, has led to anxiety and fears among our neighbors. To many it reminds people of the roundups by the Nazi fascists of political opponents, Jews, homosexuals, priests and others who opposed their regime.
The ADAMS group was praying for respect, dignity, freedom of fear of persecution, freedom to worship, and just treatment by good neighbors. They are good people, hard-working members of our community.
David Mendelsohn, Ashburn