Signs for Woodmont UCC and Congregation Sinai outside 1000 New Haven Avenue in Milford.
Photo courtesy Woodmont UCC
by Rev. Gary Witte and Rabbi Dana Bogatz
MILFORD (07/20/2012) -- Two Milford area congregations began to share space in an interfaith venture this summer. Congregation Sinai, a part of the Conservative tradition, has moved their synagogue from their previous location on Old Gate Lane to Woodmont United Church of Christ at 1000 New Haven Ave. Both congregations voted to approve the "Covenant of Understanding" and will share the Woodmont UCC building space.
Both religious leaders for the congregations are pleased about the decision. Rev. Gary Witte, pastor at Woodmont UCC, said, “This is a bold interfaith adventure that is both 'risky,' yet filled with potential. It can serve as a model on how to live cooperatively and toward a real vision of ‘shalom.’”
Congregation Sinai’s spiritual leader Rabbi Dana Z. Bogatz commented, “We look forward to expanding the existing relationship between the two congregations. We are already hard at work planning “Peace Camp for Kids,” which will take place July 16-20.”
Congregation Sinai’s first Shabbat service at 1000 New Haven Ave took place on Friday, June 22. The Torah scrolls were paraded into the building and ensconced in the ark amid singing and dancing. Friday evening services followed in the Sanctuary.
All are welcome to attend regular services of Congregation Sinai, at 7:30 Friday evenings or 9:30 Saturday mornings, or of Woodmont UCC, at 10:30 Sunday mornings.
Rabbi Dana Bogatz is rabbi of Congregation Sinai, and the Rev. Gary Witte is pastor of Woodmont UCC in Milford.