Staten Island Rabbi Blazed an Interfaith Trail with Community Days

June 10, 2005

Source: Staten Island Advance

On June 10, 2005 the Staten Island Advance reported, "a leader in Staten Island's interfaith movement is leaving the borough and heading back to the pulpit. Rabbi David Katz, a longtime spiritual leader of Temple Israel Reform Congregation who was instrumental in starting the borough-wide Community Days three years ago, has taken a position at Temple Concord in Binghamton, N.Y. Interfaith leaders are sorry to see him go... Community Days had its start at Temple Israel as Mitzvah Day, a Sunday each spring when congregants would gather to collect items and prepare meals for Project Hospitality, collect funds for Jewish causes, begin letter-writing campaigns on social justice issues and provide entertainment for Island residents. The effort spread to some of the Island's Conservative synagogues and, at Rabbi Katz's urging, became an Island-wide interfaith event in 2001. This year, 85 congregations took part in the weekend-long effort."