More than 250 people turned out Sunday afternoon November 13th at Temple B’nai Sholom in Huntsville, Alabama to sing, pray and march to “break down the walls” of hate and division represented by the results of the National Election on Tuesday November 8th. The participants marched around the Synagogue seven times symbolic of Joshua’s march seven times around Jericho before the walls came tumbling down. Rabbi Elizabeth Behar spoke how Jews can feel the fear and pain of our Muslim, Black, Hispanic, and LGBTQ brothers and sisters after the hateful rhetoric of the Presidential Campaign. Other speakers noted that harassment and hate crimes are already on the rise in rural Alabama counties since the Election.
Huntsville Islamic Center spokesman Alladin Beshir thanked the Huntsville faith community for supporting the Islamic Center in these times of fear and hate. He noted his friendship with Rabbi Behar, stating that in Huntsville Jews and Muslims are friends and will defend one another. Taking part in the demonstration unity were over 20 area clergy. The United Church of Huntsville United Church of Christ was proud to be presented by over a dozen members at the event.