Study on Book of Esther Part of Joint Theological Series

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Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, left, and the Rev. Dr. John Danner in Israel in 2019.

Sanibel Congregational United Church of Christ Pastor John Danner and Bat Yam Temple Rabbi Stephen Fuchs will have a joint presentation on the Book of Esther in three sessions at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 8, 15 & 22 in the Fellowship Hall, Sanibel Congregational UCC, 2050 Periwinkle Way. These sessions are free and open to the public.

Esther is the only book in the Bible that never mentions God and they will explore it in its original setting and apply its lessons to life in 21st-century America. There will be a discussion on what the Book of Esther may have to say about the role of women in society, the pernicious phenomenon of prejudice and the question of purpose. These studies are part of the annual celebration in January that honors the two congregations’ relationship.

Since its inception 28 years ago as the only Jewish congregation on Sanibel, Bat Yam – Temple of the Islands has called the building at Sanibel Congregational UCC their home. The two congregations share more than a building; they enjoy a long-term relationship that celebrates both what they have in common and where they differ, times of fellowship as well as education, and mutual support.

For further information call the church office at 239-472-0497 or check out

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