Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving service comes to Temple Beth

The Claremont Interfaith Council (CIC) will hold its 27th annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Wednesday, November 22, Thanksgiving eve, at 7 p.m. at Temple Beth Israel, 3033 N. Towne Ave., in Pomona.

The council invites all residents of the Claremont community to gather to share gratitude for the bounties we experience as citizens of a nation founded on core principals of freedom and liberty, supported by a spiritual foundation.

The service will feature, as keynote speaker, Hamid Mavani, associate professor of Islamic studies at Bayan Claremont, the Muslim graduate university based at the Claremont School of Theology, and will also include clergy and lay leaders from the broad spectrum of religious engagement in the Claremont area.

There will also be a variety of music in the program, including a multicongregation choir directed by Ruth Charloff, with contemporary selections and communal singing.

“We are living in fragile times, and one key way we can feel more grounded is understanding that we share an attitude of gratitude with our neighbors,” said Paul Buch, Cantor at Temple Beth Israel. “We are also entering into a period of the year that can be even more hectic and stressful, and it’s nice to start the season in an atmosphere of peace and unity.”

As has become the custom, an offering will be received at the gathering, with the full proceeds going to Inland Valley Hope Partners in support of their emergency food assistance program.

For information, contact Paul Buch at (909) 626-1277 or visit


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