Today's photo was taken at Beth David Synagogue, located on Winview Drive in Greensboro. The Conservative congregation describes itself as a welcoming and innovative synagogue that shares Jewish values, and is committed to repairing the world. In the above photo, Rabbi Eliezer Havivi is getting out the Torah scrolls to share them with participants on last Sunday's Interfaith Tour. The informative tour was sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ). Rabbi Havivi, rabbi at Beth David since 1991, did a great job of explaining the culture, philosophy, and calendar of Judaism.
On the tour, we learned that less than 2% of the world's population is Jewish. While we don't know the percentage, we do know Greensboro has a vibrant and active Jewish community that has contributed significantly to helping Greensboro become the great city it is today. Even though for Jews the Sabbath was yesterday, it is always appropriate to say "shalom."