Lynn B. Friedman - Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty: Philadelphia Center City Prayer Vigil 18th_Lombard Thurs., July 13 6pm

Philadelphia Center City Prayer Vigil 18th_Lombard Thurs., July 13 6pm

Philadelphia Center City Prayer Vigil
18th_Lombard Thurs., July 13 6pm


Center City in Philadelphia -  a city whose very name means "Brotherly Love" - suffered an attack on its social structure on July 6th when a racially-charged symbol was left on a tree at 18th and Lombard.


The Reverend Donna Maree, of Trinity Memorial Church (pictured above) organized the Center City Faith communities to respond to this violation of shared values. Among the other religious communities participating, the congregation of Temple Beth Zion/Beth Israel (BZBI) located at 18th Street and Spruce, received a message about the Prayer Vigil,  written by their own Rabbi Abe Friedman.  

"Our Sages said: If it is the case that regarding the lifeless stones
of the altar, Scripture says we must not treat them disgracefully; 
your fellow person (who was created in the Divine image and
likeness), how much more must you not treat him disgracefully! (Midrash Lekah Tov, Yitro 20.23)

"The concept that human beings are created in the Divine image, endowing them with intrinsic dignity, rests at the center of Jewish morality. Our tradition calls us to uphold this ideal, and also
challenges us to think beyond our own actions: when we see
or hear of others acting in ways that degrade our neighbors,
Judaism expects us to step forward and speak out for what we
know to be right."  

Writing from a Jewish context about values shared by many faiths, Rabbi Abe's letter continued:

"On Thursday, July 6, a noose was found hanging from a tree on the southwest corner of 18th and Lombard. Though the hate crime was directed at our African-American sisters and brothers, it was also an attack on the values of tolerance and diversity upon which Philadelphia was built and that Philadelphians hold dear. Along with my fellow Center City clergy, I am committed not to let this abhorrent act divide us.


"Tomorrow night, July 13 at 6:00 PM, concerned faith leaders from Center City will gather at the tree on 18th and Lombard to pray and publicly challenge this act of hate perpetrated to instill fear in African Americans and in our city. Center City friends and neighbors are invited to “take back the tree” through acts of love and prayer. In the event of rain, the prayer vigil will be postponed to Friday, July 14, at 6:00 PM.

"I am deeply grateful to Rev. Donna Maree of Trinity Memorial Church for organizing the Center City faith communities in response to this violation of our shared values. I hope many of you will join me tomorrow evening as we declare our commitment to a Philadelphia that opens its arms to all people.


"In addition, on July 20 at 7:00 PM a public forum will be held at Trinity Memorial Church (2212 Spruce Street) to educate and inform residents about the severity of this act of intimidation, and to offer the opportunity for everyone to talk about its effects. I encourage you to join in the discussion and lend your strength to our wider community.

L'Shalom, Rabbi Abe"


Express your Faith in Philadelphia

the City of Brotherly Love.


Participate in the Prayer Vigil on

Thursday, July 13th at 6pm.


Images courtesy of Trinity Memorial (facade) and BZBI (stained glass window).

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Comment balloon 5 commentsLynn B. Friedman • July 12 2017 09:39PM


Lynn B. Friedman  This was not the only incident. There was also an incident at US mint by one employee to another . What a disgrace .This is unacceptable behavior in my book . I am going to re-blog this post 

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) about 3 years ago

While I know first hand that Philadelphians can be a little rough around the edges, I also know that they look after each other.  What a great showing of love to overshadow the very small minority that choose hate.  Hope the message comes through loud & clear.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) about 3 years ago

God bless and protect the people of Philadelphia and its surrounding cities. 

Let there be peace on earth.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 3 years ago

Lynn B. Friedman 

July 13, 2017 - I'm keeping my word. I'm praying for Philadelphia and the people who need it most. I'll be praying for Karen Hellier daughter too. 

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 3 years ago

Good Morning Lynn B. Friedman - this is a disgrace.  The city of brotherly love is my home city.  Very sad.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) about 3 years ago