Community Worship Services

2012 Thanksgiving Celebration: Gratitude for Life's Blessings2012 Thanksgiving Service

The Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service was held at Temple Beth-El in Poughkeepsie on Sunday, November 18th. The service featured music performances including the Temple Beth-El Youth/Teen Choir and the Shalom Singers (pictured left) directed by Cantor Rena Shapiro who led them in two songs from the Jewish tradition.

Barbara Davis led the Interfaith Choir in a repeat performance of How Great Is Our God, which they performed at the 2012 Interfaith Music Festival.

Prayers were led by Kamlesh Patel of the Hindu Samaj, John Watson of the Poughkeepis eSpiritual Assembly of Baha'is and Ani Dehpa of Kagyu Thubten Choling Buddhist Monestary. Rabbi Paul Golomb of Vassar Temple gave the invocation and Reverend Deborah Magdalene of Zion Episcopal Church gave the closing bendiction. Rabbi Neal Loveinger of the hosting house of worship was the keynote speaker. Theresa Giovanniello, DCIC board president soon to step down gave a responsive reading and Rev. Tyler Jones, incoming DCIC board president gave the offering.

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Former DCIC President Theresa Giovanniello (L-R) Incoming DCIC President Rev. Tyler Jones, Rev. Deborah Magdalene, John Watson, Rabbi Paul Golomb, Ani Dehpa and DCIC Executive Director Ed Koziol
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Barbara Davis Directing the Interfaith Choir. Temple Beth El Meeting Hall after the Thanksgiving service.

All were invited to the temple's meeting hall after the service for light refreshments prepared by volunteers.

If you are interested in receiving information for this program or volunteering on the Thanksgiving Service committee please contact, the DCIC Office at 845-471-7333.

2010 Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Haiti

After the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday, January 12, 2010, the Dutchess County Interfaith Council was contacted by members of the local Haitian community to help organize an interfaith prayer vigil. Working together with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Vassar College, the Vassar Haiti Project, an Interfaith Prayer Vigil for Haiti was held at the Vassar College Chapel on the snow date of February 15th with over 100 attendees.

The program opened with a harp prelude by a Vassar College Student, Sam Chin performing her original composition honoring the victims of the Haitian earthquake.

Opening remarks were given by DCIC Executive Director Ed Koziol followed by a greeting from the Haitian Community given by Marc Coq, of St. Columba's Parish in Hopewell Junction. Sam Speers, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life at Vassar College welcomed attendees.

Traditional Haitian music was performed by guitarist Marc Methelier and sung by Michele Sobel followed by an opening prayer given by Rev Horace Choate, Rector of Zion Episcopal Church, Wappingers Falls, NY. Kendrick Coq, student of Our Lady of Lourdes High School gave a reading of Psalm 23 and Cantor Rena Shapiro of Temple Beth-El sung Hebrew Memorial Prayer and Healing Prayer.

Intercessory Prayers were given by DCIC board member Pastor Dan Ward of St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran Church of Poughkeepsie, Rev. Gail Burger, Executive Director Emeriti of DCIC, Imam Asil Khan of Masjid Al Noor and Mid-Hudson Islamic Association, Uma Satyendra of the Hindu Samaj in Wappingers Falls and Secretary of the DCIC Board of Directors and Minister Sheila Butler of Beulah Baptist Church in Poughkeepsie. Prayers were followed by periods of silent reflection and meditation.

Closing remarks were given by the DCIC President, Theresa Giovanniello of St. Martin De Porres R.C. Church in Poughkeepsie. The candle lighting was lead by Michael Joseph, also of St. Martin De Porres R.C. Church, and Sabrina Jaar Marzouka of St. Peter's R.C. Church, both representing the local Haitian community. An interlude of traditional Haitian music followed the ceremony and organist Joseph Bertolozzi performed the closing song "Let There Be Peace On Earth" as all in the assembly joined in singing.