Tuesday, April 13, 1999

Synagogue lends hand to church

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Congregation Ohav Shalom and Montgomery Community Baptist Church have been neighbors for almost a year. Now the tornado that struck their area Friday has made them interfaith partners.

        Members of the church will worship at the Sycamore Township synagogue for at least the next few weeks because of storm damage to the church sanctuary. Ohav Shalom, on Cornell Road near some of the worst damage, suffered broken windows and holes in the roof but is still in good shape.

        Rabbi Flicker offered his building to Montgomery Community after he learned that their building was unsafe. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints earlier offered their facilities to Ohav Shalom when the Jewish congregation was unsure if their building was inhabitable.

        “Baptists and Jews and Mormons and Jews haven't always had the greatest history,” Rabbi Flicker said. “That we've broken through those barriers is nice.”

        Rabbi Art Flicker of Ohav Shalom knows Alan Chandlera member of Montgomery Community Baptist Church through the Metropolitan Area Religious Coalition of Cincinnati.

        “When we first were all aware of everything and had time to check things out, I talked to Alan and said, "If you need it that's fine,' ” Rabbi Flicker said.

        His own congregation was unable to hold Sabbath services this weekend and have canceled daily services — not because of damage to their synagogue, but because members can't get through the security checks in the area designed to keep non-residents out. Ohav Shalom moved from Roselawn to Sycamore Township last June.

        “Houses west to us suffered extensive damage and four doors down they're gone,” Rabbi Flicker said.


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- Synagogue lends hand to church
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