DERRY — On Sunday, June 2, at 11:30 a.m., Etz Hayim Synagogue and the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration will dedicate a new granite Interfaith Campus sign which announces both their presence and durable partnership to the community. The sign is located on the corner of East Broadway Street and Hood Road in Derry.
The relationship between the church and synagogue began in 1992 when the synagogue’s budding congregation held services in the church’s building.
When the synagogue’s congregation had so grown that it needed a building of its own, the church sold a piece of its land to it so that the two organizations could continue their close relationship even after the synagogue had its own building.
The synagogue building opened in 2009, and the church and synagogue now stand side by side on Hood Road in Derry. The campus is affectionately referred to as “the churchagogue.”
It is one of the very few interfaith campuses in the United States. The two organizations maintain a warm spiritual and working relationship. They host a joint Thanksgiving service every year and members attend each other’s social and fundraising events. Significantly, the two organizations jointly sponsor “Elijah’s Table,” which provides free dinners to the community twice a month.
For more information about the Church of the Transfiguration, go to dcoft.org . For more information about the Etz Hayim Synagogue, visit etzhayim.org. For more information about Elijah’s Table, go to freemealsinderry.blogspot.com.