Interfaith News for July 2


Chautauqua Catholic Community

Daily Mass is held at 8 a.m. Mondays and Fridays and at 7 p.m. Thursdays at St. Mary of Lourdes in Mayville. Daily Mass is held at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Mary of Lourdes in Bemus Point. Consult the website for details:

Chabad Jewish House 

Rabbi Zalman Vilenkin presents “Talmudic Everyday Ethics” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 2, via Zoom and YouTube. These discussions focus on everyday ethical issues and use the Talmud and other Jewish sources as a guide.

Vilenkin presents “Kabbalah and Meditation” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 3, via Zoom and YouTube. This class delves into the steps in the process of hitbonenut in the Jewish mystical tradition. The steps of Jewish meditation through history beginning with the Biblical prophets to the Talmudic sages and Jewish mystics are retraced. 

The Miriam Gurary Challah Baking Series continues this season from 12:15 to 1 p.m. Friday, July 3, via Zoom and YouTube. Discover the meaning of Shabbat foods and rituals while making and braiding challah. 

To watch the classes streamed live, please visit If you would like to join in the discussions and classes via Zoom, please email for the meeting ID and password.

Shabbat candle lighting is 8:39 p.m. Friday, July 3.  

Hebrew Congregation 

With a bit of ingenuity, we are continuing our tradition of a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 5 p.m. Friday, July, 3 via Zoom. Cantorial Song Leader Susan Goldberg Schwartz will lead it from her home in Buffalo with a beautiful Chautauqua Lake scene in the background. Join us at 4:45 p.m. for 15 minutes of meet and greet before the service begins. 

To register for the Kabbalat Shabbat service on Zoom click here before noon Thursday, July 2. 

Please download or obtain a prayer book before the service. For those who are at Chautauqua, you may borrow a copy of our prayer book from Arty Salz at 4 Ames (716-357-2001) to be returned at the end of your stay. For those not at Chautauqua, the prayer book is available here. The downloaded PDF file can be printed for your personal use. 

If you have not downloaded the prayer book in advance, click on the Chat icon in Zoom, and the link to the prayer book will be posted as a PDF file.

If you have a loved one having a yahrtzeit that you would like named in our service or someone who should be named in our Mi Shebeirach – Prayer of Healing, send their names to Renee Andrews at

Mystic Heart Community Meditation

The mission of The Mystic Heart is to help participants discover and manifest peace, compassion, and kindness in themselves, in their relations with others, and in their communities.

Rebecca Cole Turner leads a session on Christian Meditation at 8 a.m. Thursday, July 2, on the Virtual Porch.

Bob Zuiryu Moore leads a session on Zen Meditation at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 2, on the Virtual Porch.

Jim Leff leads a session on the Introduction to Sufi Meditation and Breath at 8 a.m. Friday, July 3, on the Virtual Porch.

Kim Hehr leads a session on Kundalini Yoga Meditation for Balance at 1 p.m. Friday, July 3, on the Virtual Porch.

Prayers for Peace through Compassion

For many years, every morning during the season from 8:55 to 9 a.m., Chautauquans gather in the Grove to pray for peace through compassion. In 2020, all Chautauquans around the world are invited to join together from wherever they are in silent prayer and reflection for five minutes.

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The author Meg Viehe

Meg Viehe, who compiles information for the denominational houses and other interfaith groups, is a retired teacher living in Newport Beach, California, during the off-season. She is happiest when she and her husband Rich are surrounded by grandchildren and their parents, the extended Viehe clan, and friends at Chautauqua. Her advice to her grandchildren and others: “Be nice to everyone at Chautauqua. You never know who will be part of your future family.”

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