Interfaith News for July 23


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 Our Lady of Lourdes in Bemus Point. Consult the website for details:

Chabad Jewish House 

Esther Vilenkin presents “Medical Ethics” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. EDT Thursday, July 23, via Zoom and YouTube. As new ethical matters arise, Judaism offers Divine guidelines to these often complex issues. These discussions explore medical ethics issues through the lenses of Jewish law.

Rabbi Zalman Vilenkin presents “Kabbalah and Meditation” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. EDT Friday, July 24, 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 are retraced, beginning with the Biblical prophets to the Talmudic sages and Jewish mystics.

The Miriam Gurary Challah Baking Series continues this season from 12:15 to 1 p.m. EDT Friday, July 24, 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, click here.

Shabbat candle lighting is 8:27 p.m. EDT Friday, July 24. 

Hebrew Congregation 

With a bit of ingenuity, we are continuing our tradition of a Kabbalat Shabbat service at 5 p.m. EDT Friday, July 24, 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. EDT 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 23. 

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 who 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. EDT Thursday, July 23, on the Virtual Porch.

Michael O’Sullivan leads a session on Korean Zen Meditation at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 23, on the Virtual Porch. 

Carol McKiernan leads a session on Centering Prayer at 8 a.m. EDT Friday, July  24 on the Virtual Porch. 

Larry Terkel leads a session on Judaism and the Kabbalah at 1 p.m. EDT Friday, July 24, 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 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 their children, grandchildren and 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!”