2003-11-27 / Other News

Togetherness Was The Watchword

Of Canarsie
Togetherness Was The Watchword Of Canarsie’s Brotherhood Night

Assemblyman Frank Seddio, one of the original founders of Canarsie’s Brotherhood Night, is flanked by Cantor Doris Cohen and Rabbi Joshua Minkin of host synagogue Temple Emanuel of Canarsie.Assemblyman Frank Seddio, one of the original founders of Canarsie’s Brotherhood Night, is flanked by Cantor Doris Cohen and Rabbi Joshua Minkin of host synagogue Temple Emanuel of Canarsie.

Togetherness was once again the watchword as clergy, spiritual leaders and residents of the local area joined together in prayer last Monday, November 24 at Temple Emanuel of Canarsie to take part in the community’s annual Brother-hood Night.

Sponsored by the Canarsie Lions Club and Assemblyman Frank Seddio, the service was attended by scores of congregants who heard Seddio and Congressman Ed Towns hail the spirit of the coming holiday season as personified in the diversity of our community.

Traditionally held the Monday before Thanksgiving, the unique interdenominational service was founded by the Lions Club, along with local church, political and community leaders more than 22 years ago.

Monday’s service featured homi-lies and scripture readings, a litany of Thanksgiving messages, vocal renditions of traditional and non-traditional music by members of the Philippine Chorus, as well as the 69th Precinct Explorers and even a Blessing of Food Baskets — turkeys and other food collected by the Leos, the Lions’ youth group — to be distributed to the needy.


The Philippine Choir presented renditions of seasonal hymns.The Philippine Choir presented renditions of seasonal hymns.

After the service, a social meeting was held and members of the clergy, along with civic leaders and others, gathered to fellowship with coffee and cake in friendly gestures of togetherness.

Charles Rogers


Members of the clergy blessed food baskets to be donated to the needy.                   Photos by Sonny MaxonMembers of the clergy blessed food baskets to be donated to the needy. Photos by Sonny MaxonCongressman Ed Towns (10 CD) hailed the spirit of the  interdenominational service.Congressman Ed Towns (10 CD) hailed the spirit of the interdenominational service.

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