Breaking from the narrative.
Via Detroit News:
The Rev. DeeDee Coleman noticed while traveling through Israel last year what residents of the Middle East nation encounter regularly: bomb shelters.
The longtime pastor at Detroit’s Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church was on a trip with the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, which works to help renovate and build such structures there. Concerned about ones she saw in disrepair, and knowing the threat of attacks constantly looms for even children on playgrounds, the longtime advocate immediately sought a way to boost safety efforts.
“There are rockets being fired and not an ample amount of shelter available,” she said. “It is one thing to preach about Israel; it’s another thing to do something to help — something tangible that people can see and feel.”
That pushed her to pursue “Building Bridges Together — An Afternoon of Song and Inspiration.” The event, scheduled for Sunday at Coleman’s church, is expected to unite gospel and synagogue choirs as well as African American parishioners, Jewish congregations and others to raise money for building and/or renovating bomb shelters in Israel.
Coinciding with the holiday honoring civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., who called on African Americans to reject anti-Semitism, the gathering also signals a new chapter in relations between two groups that share a long history, organizers said.
“We hope that this message of reconciliation, of brotherhood can become a dominant one in America, maybe by example, but somehow to break through the animosity and the hatred and the racism that still exists here,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.