Below is last year’s program of the 2015 World Sabbath.  Stay tuned for the March 6th 2016 Program – Coming Soon!!



at Adat Shalom Synagogue,

Farmington Hills

29901 Middlebelt  MI 48334

Phone: 248-851-5100

SUNDAY, JANUARY 25th, 2015

 4:00 PM

Gathering Music  –  Adat Shalom Synagogue and Hillel Day School Youth Choirs, “Hinei Mah Tov” under the direction of Andrea Trivax

Processional –  World Sabbath Committee, Religious and Faith Community Leaders, Participants, Children of Peace

Sounding of the Shofar – 

Followers of Judaism worship one God, and are all the children of Abraham, the man who brought God’s message to the people.  The holy book of Judaism, the Torah, tells the story of how God promised to protect Abraham’s people if they vowed to love and obey God, and to follow God’s laws.  The most important laws are the Ten Commandments, handed down from God to a leader named Moses at Mt. Sinai. The shofar is a ram’s horn used by ancient Jews in religious ceremonies and is now sounded at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the most important holy days for Jews.

Muslim Call to Prayer – Sayfur Rahman  from the Islamic Organization of North America (IONA), Warren

Five times a day, all over the world, followers of the Islamic faith stop what they are doing and pray.  With each prayer, they show their devotion to God, most often called by the Arabic name, Allah.  Today, there are more than a billion followers of Islam across the world.  The word Islam means “surrender to God,” and followers of this faith (known as Muslims) must obey God’s will.  The religion’s holy book, the Qur’an, contains the word of Allah, as told by an angel to Islam’s founder, the prophet Muhammad.

Blowing of the Conch Shell – 

Hinduism is the world’s oldest living religion. It is a rich collection of hundreds of spiritual and philosophical traditions followed throughout Asia for more than 5000 years. Most traditions within Hinduism share certain distinctive core beliefs, despite the absence of an identifiable beginning in history, single founder, central religious establishment or sole authoritative scripture. Two of these core beliefs are that of tolerance and pluralism. While tolerance and pluralism are valued by many religions, these concepts are the very essence of Hinduism and are expressed through the diversity of Hindu practice and centuries of peaceful coexistence of various faiths.

Welcome  –  Hazzan Daniel Gross, Cantor at Adat Shalom Synagogue and Gail Katz, Chair of the World Sabbath

Worship Through Dance in the Hindu Tradition  – Students of Guru Dhanya Vani Rao from the Abhinaya School of Dance 

Worship Through Music in the Christian Tradition: “Simple Gifts – I Danced in the Morning,” David Lewis, Fort Street Presbyterian Church, Detroit  

Christians believe in the teachings of a man named Jesus, who was called Christ by his followers.  Christ is the Greek word for “Messiah”, meaning “anointed one”. For Christians, Jesus is the Son of God: God in human form.  Today Christianity is found in most parts of the world and with over two billion followers is thought to be the world’s largest religion.

First Prayer for Peace in the Buddhist Tradition – Jayanthi Sree Anila

Buddhism is a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life. There are 376 million followers worldwide. Buddhists seek to reach a state of Nirvana, following the path of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who went on a quest for Enlightenment around the sixth century BCE. There is no belief in a personal god. Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible. The path to Enlightenment is through the practice and development of morality, meditation and wisdom. Buddhists believe that life is both endless and subject to impermanence, suffering and uncertainty. Our mistaken belief that things can last is a chief cause of suffering.

Worship Through Music in the Sikh Tradition – Maheep Singh, Jeevin Singh, Manjot Singh, Preet Singh and Gurekmann Singh, Sikh Gurdwara Hidden Falls, Plymouth

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion based on a definitive revelation. With over 25 million followers  worldwide, it is one of the youngest major world religions. Sikhism was revealed to Guru Nanak over 500 years ago in the Punjab, the Sikh Homeland in South Asia. Guru Nanak Sahib, the founder of Sikhi (also Sikhism) talked about the principle of Oneness, which leaves no room for distinctions based on race, caste, creed, gender, color or nationality. Therefore, differences between “them” and “us” vanish. As it says in the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh Scriptural Canon, “I see no stranger.” For this reason, principles of divinity, dignity and liberty are inherent to the Sikh lifestyle. Sikhism preaches a message of devotion, remembrance of God at all times, truthful living, equality between all human beings, social justice, while emphatically denouncing superstitions and blind rituals.

Worship Through Music in the Baha’i Tradition – Marcelita Valdivieso

The Baha’i faith began about 150 years ago in Persia (modern day Iran). Its followers believe that there is one God for all people.  He might be known by different names to people of different faiths, but followers of the Baha’i faith feel that everyone worships the same God.  They also believe that all people are equal and belong to one human family. The goals of the Baha’i are to spread the ideas of unity and world peace.  There are no religious leaders, but instead, respected members of the church conduct the services.

Worship Through Music in the Unificationist Tradition – Katsuko Ogino, Kumiko Wakai, Suemi Mazei, Satsuyo Takahashi, Kyoko Tanimoto, Shigeko Kasbow, Metropolitan Family Church, Warren

Unificationism, founded in 1954 by Rev. Sun Myung Moon, teaches that inter-religious harmony is essential for world peace to be achieved. To further that, it is women who will take the lead in bringing this harmony about.  Japanese women in this movement have gone out to over one hundred and twenty nations to serve, love and bring unity among the people they encounter.  Our Japanese sisters are here tonight in this spirit. They were sent to America by Father Moon to love, serve, and pray for this nation, and in America’s case to specifically restore the act of Japan attacking America in WWII.  They will share a traditional Japanese harvest Dance of Thanksgiving.

Second Prayer for Peace in the Native American Tradition – Prayer in the Four Directions, Jerry Cleland, Ojibwa 

The history of the Native Americans, or First Nation People goes back at least 30,000 years. Beliefs vary greatly from one tribe to the next, but they all share a very close relationship with the natural world. This is reflected in many of their beliefs and ceremonies, such as the smoking of tobacco in a shared pipe, purification in a sweat lodge, and the ritual of smudging. The lodge keeper is called a shaman, who forms a link between the spirit world and the everyday world.

Worship Through Dance in the Jain Tradition –  Shikha Lakhani, Siddharth Lakhani, Tanvi Doshi, Kavya Doshi, Aarvi Shah, Kunj Shah, Vira Mehta, Aditi Bhandari, Jain Society of Greater Detroit

Jainism is one of the oldest living religions of India, predating recorded history as referenced in Hindu scriptures. It is an original system, quite distinct and independent from other systems of all other Indian philosophies. Jainism has become one of the essential spiritual traditions in the South Asian religious fabric. Jains believe in the philosophy of Karma, reincarnation of worldly soul, hell and heaven as a punishment or reward for one’s deeds, and liberation (Nirvän or Moksha) of the self from life’s misery of birth and death in a way similar to the Hindu and Buddhist beliefs.  Though there are multiple similarities in these South Asian religions, there are some major portions of the belief system that remain unique to each religion.  For instance, the Jain philosophy believes that the universe and all its entities such as soul and matter are eternal (there is no beginning or end), no one has created them and no one can destroy them. 

Presentation of Peace Award – Rev. Rodney Reinhart, World Sabbath Founder

World Sabbath Peace Awardee: Robert Bruttell, Chair of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit

bob bruttell photo

Bob Bruttell is Chairman and President of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit.  He is also a member of the Interfaith Scholars Colloquy and serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion, as well as on the board of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary.  Mr. Bruttell is also a member of the American Academy of Religion and the National Roofing Contractors Association. At the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity and Inclusion he founded the Working Group on Religion and Community Formation along with the former president, Dr. Dan Krichbaum and the current president,  Steve Spreitzer.  Mr. Bruttell is an adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy where he teaches history, religious studies and social ethics. He has been awarded the Interfaith Partner Award by the Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan, the Hero for Heat Award by DTE Energy & THAW, as well as the Imam Chirri “Commitment to Excellence Award” by the Islamic Center of America.

Offertory Appeal  

(if you prefer checks can be made out to The Interfaith Leadership Council, a 501(c) 3, with “World Sabbath” in the memo line) 

Interfaith Pledge – Clergy, Religious and Faith Community Leaders 

We pledge ourselves this day in the name of all we hold holy to raise our voices in the cause of peace.  No longer shall we remain silent when armies march and children die; while dictators lay the blame on God.  No longer shall we remain silent when religious and political leaders use religion as an excuse for bloodshed or claim faith as a reason for war. We shall raise our voices when prejudice and persecution are blamed on God.  We shall raise our voices when scriptures are twisted.  We shall build a world of tolerance, justice, faithfulness, and peace.  We shall build a world where all may know that our faith calls us to be builders of peace, not makers of war.  And this we pledge: Salaam, Shalom, Shanti, Peace.

Responsive Prayer for Peace, Rabbi Aaron Bergman, Adat Shalom Synagogue

We pray this day for children and families who suffer, starve and die as victims of environmental degradation, racial conflict, ethnic persecution, and religious war.

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

We weep as bullets fly, suicide bombs explode, houses of worship burn, machetes draw blood, and the life drains from the eyes of innocent children in holy lands and sacred cities across the globe.  

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

We remember especially today the children of Sudan… Syria… Palestine…Israel… India… Pakistan… Afghanistan… Iraq…and other countries around the world that have suffered war and unrest.

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

We call on all people of faith in every land to unite their hearts in the pledge that all boys and girls everywhere will have full and fair access to education, healthcare, nutrition, environmental protection, prosperity and peace.

Shalom, Salaam, Shanti, Peace

Third  Prayer for Peace in the Zoroastrian Tradition – Sanaya Irani and Xerxes Chinoy,  Zoroastrian Association of Michigan

Zoroastrianism is considered to be one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world having originated in Persia or modern day Iran over 3000 years ago. Its founder Prophet Zarathustra or Zoroaster taught belief in one God Ahura Mazda. His teachings are contained in the divine songs called Gathas. A dominant religion of the civilized world from 500 BC to 500 AD Zoroastrianism influenced many other faiths that originated in the Middle East with concepts of  Heaven and Hell, the coming of a Savior and the final Day of Judgement. Greek philosophers like Plato and Socrates studied Zoroaster’s teachings and were influenced by them. The central doctrine of Zoroastrianism is embodied in the concept of Asha or righteousness and the constant struggle between Good and Evil or Light and Darkness. The religion also preaches non violence, religious tolerance and philanthropy. By practising the principles of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds, Zoroastrians work to create a Heaven on Earth  filled with peace and prosperity.

Worship Through Music in the Christian Tradition – Greater New Mount Moriah  Imani Choir, Carmen Willingham, Director

Musical Selection – Children of Peace, “We are Children of Peace” 

Verse One: Peace

We are children of peace. We are the children of the world. We are children of peace. We are the children of the world

Verse Two: Friendship

We are children of friendship. We are the children of the world. We are children of friendship. We are the children of the world.

Verse Three: War

We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world. We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world.


Listen people everywhere – hear our song. Come and take somebody’s hand. Sing along. The choice is ours – what will we do? It’s up to me. It’s up to you.

Verse Four: Justice

We are children of justice. We are the children of the world. We are children of justice. We are the children of the world.

Verse Five: Compassion

We are children of compassion. We are the children of the world. We are children of compassion. We are the children of the world.

Verse Six: Love

We are children of love. We are the children of the world. We are children of love. We are the children of the world


Verse Seven: Music

We are children of music. We are the children of the world. We are children of music. We are the children of the world.


Verse Eight: Love

We are children of love. We are the children of the world. We are children of love. We are the children of the world.


Verse Nine: War

We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world. We don’t want war anymore. We are the children of the world.

Final Chorus:

Please see insert in your program for the Houses of Worship or Institutions sending Children of Peace! 

Announcements and Acknowledgements – Gail Katz, World Sabbath Chairperson

Passing of the Peace Banner  – Hazzan Daniel Gross and Rev. Dr. Sue Ellis Melrose,  Fort Street Presbyterian Church, Detroit

Closing Song – “Let There Be Peace on Earth”  – please wave your colorful banners!!

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Let there be peace on earth, the peace that was meant to be.

With God our creator, children all are we.

Let us walk with each other, in perfect harmony.

Let peace begin with me, let this be the moment now.

With every step I take, let this be my solemn vow.

To take each moment and live each moment in peace eternally.

Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.

Recessional – “Scotland the Brave” –  Roland Hill – bagpiper, Student at Harrison High School

Please join us for the Afterglow at the end of the World Sabbath in the  Social Hall at Adat Shalom Synagogue. Please recycle your programs if you do not care to take them with you and recycle the cloth napkins so we can use them again next year!!  Boxes are placed near the exits!

The Seventeenth  Annual World Sabbath will be held on Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 4:00 PM at Fort Street Presbyterian Church,  631 W. Fort St., Detroit 48226