A Night to Honor Israel was held at Grace Baptist Church in Monroeville on Sunday, May 6. It was the seventh biannual event the church has hosted to pay tribute to the State of Israel. Organized by church members Rev. Jeff and Arlene Berg, and under the guidance of Senior Pastor Grant Abe, more than 200 people attended the program.
Keynote speakers were Stuart V. Pavilack, executive director of the Pittsburgh office of the Zionist Organization of America, and Rev. Patrick Neff, national church and field ministries director for the Friends of Israel. Rabbi Eli Seidman, director of pastoral care at the Jewish Association of Aging, gave prayers for the welfare of the State of Israel, for Israel Defense Forces soldiers and for captive soldiers. Friends of Israel Worship [musical] Team provided Jewish music and songs.
Rev. Jeff Berg described ZOA’s Tolerance Education Program, which takes more than 500 Pittsburgh Public School 10th-graders to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., each year. On behalf of the Church, he asked for an offering to support ZOA’s Tolerance Education Program.