Rabbi Mike Harvey

Faith Church

 

Indiana’s places of worship can resume in-person services -- using social distancing guidelines -- starting May 8, under Stage 2 of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s plan to reopen the state. This week, Holcomb said those places of worship would act as a “test or control group” that would help inform the state’s response to COVID-19.

 

Temple Israel

 

Places of worship across Greater Lafayette are suspending their traditional services after Governor Eric Holcomb banned gatherings of more than 250 people Thursday, including at churches.

The Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette cancelled Friday prayers, which general coordinator Zaim Khalid said attracts a larger weekly crowd. But to be safe, the center will also put a hold on daily prayers at the center. 

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Greater Lafayette is home to a host of groups fighting for a cause, whether that’s racial equality, reproductive justice, or an end to gun violence. The broader goals of many of these organizations overlap, but sometimes conflicts can threaten to derail their conversations.

After last month’s shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue left 11 dead, the group Interfaith Leaders of Greater Lafayette, or ILGL, decided its next general meeting would be a call to action. At West Lafayette’s Temple Israel Thursday, Rabbi Mike Harvey talks about the importance of combatting the rise of intolerance, racism, and anti-Semitism—and the challenges to creating real change.