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An Interfaith-Intercultural Experience in Spokane


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By Joseph Niemiec Jr.

I stood on the stage during prayers with my eyes closed. I felt spirit wash over me, recognizing these prayers would ultimately move around the world as Jews in different time zones celebrated Shabbat. I do not understand Hebrew but I “felt” the prayers, further realizing that some may have been created and passed down over two thousand 2,000 years.

A history, a culture, a religion, whichever way you experience the Jewish community in Spokane you have the opportunity to actually experience the culture and history if you give yourself permission.

We as Americans have a right of freedom of religion and therefore each of us also has the responsibility to protect those rights for others. We are not, nor ever have been, a singular cultural entity, except possibly the first boats that landed, our history has been one of cultural intermingling and that will be our future

Stand with me in support of all religions right to be in community, safe and without fear.


Joe Niemiec
Joe Niemiec
The Rev. Joe Niemiec Jr. began his spiritual quest in 1986 when he walked out of a Houston jail and was struck by the realization that his life was in shambles. He began his quest for ‘getting back on track’ with 12 step programs, followed by learning and practicing meditation with a local Redding, California, teacher.




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Jan Shannon

Joe, your words on that night were powerful in the way they unified us. Thank you.

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