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Rabbi Creditor, Rev. Sachs to be the Interfaith Journey IV clergy

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Temple Beth El’s Rabbi Emeritus Gary Creditor and the Rev. William L. Sachs, Ph.D., Priest Associate at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and executive director of the Center for Interfaith Reconciliation in Richmond will be the clergymen on the JCFR’s Interfaith Journey to Israel IV.

The trip, open to members of both the Jewish and Christian communities, will depart Richmond on Jan. 21, 2018, and will return on Jan. 30.

Both Rabbi Creditor and Rev. Sachs have been long time leaders in Interfaith activities in Richmond and across the country.

“We are thrilled to have such distinguished members of the clergy join us on this trip,” said Marvid Daniel, Co-Chair of the journey. “This is an amazing opportunity to continue learning about these two faith traditions, their origins in the land that gave birth to both and how they relate through history to this day.”

Alissa Aronovici, JCFR Campaign Director, is serving as the staff professional for the journey.

“Not only am I looking forward to working with everyone on the trip, but I am especially excited about learning with these two wonderful community leaders. I lived in Israel for a time while I was working on my master’s degree, and this will give me a totally different perspective from any other that I’ve had.”

While the final itinerary has not been set, it will be fairly similar to the three previous Interfaith Journeys.

“We will spend the first two nights in Tel Aviv and then head north to the Galilee where we will stay on a Kibbutz – a real hotel for those who might have a vision of a more rustic setting – and then go up to Jerusalem for our final four nights,” said Cathy Plotkin the other Co-Chair.

“I’ve always thought of Israel as the Smithsonian of countries. You can spend a day, a week, a month, or a year and still not experience all it has to offer. But this trip, with its emphasis on both Christian and Jewish sites, is a great introduction to this incredible nation,” Plotkin added.

There is a 35-person maximum for the trip. Sign-ups have already begun. The total cost has yet to be determined, but it is likely to fall in the $4-5 thousand range for everything.

For more information or to sign up, contact Aronovici at (804) 545-8621 or email her at You can also sign up now by clicking here!

The participation of the clergy is made possible by a generous grant from the Capt. James M. Klaus Inter-Groups Fund of Richmond Jewish Foundation. 


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