By: Jen Russon
A longstanding November tradition in the Coral Springs and Parkland communities is being held — but with special precautions taken during the ongoing pandemic.
Typically hosted by one of four congregations: Kol Tikvah, First Church, St. Andrew Catholic Church, or Temple Beth Orr, the 2020 Pre-Thanksgiving Unity Service is being held at St. Andrew Catholic Church this year.
Rabbi Bradd Boxman and Randal Cutter, co-chairs of the Clergy Coalition, present the annual event, where diverse faiths from northwest Broward County join together to give thanks and get to know one another.
Cutter, a senior pastor at New Dawn church and former Coral Springs city commission candidate, said the event has been organized with social distancing and mask-wearing in mind.
“We have been notified by several of our spiritual leaders they are still uncomfortable being in a building because of the pandemic,” said Cutter.
Cutter added that speakers’ schedules should be settled within a few days of the event and that attendance would be capped at 300 people.
“I know the evening will be a special, though a prudently limited version of our past events. We trust it will be an encouragement for everyone who attends or streams it,” he said.
The service can be viewed live on Facebook and posted to the Clergy Coalition and St. Andrew Parish sites.
Held in the main sanctuary of St, Andrew, there will be an overflow option for 49 people available in the social hall.
Properly worn masks will be required for entrance, and attendees will be asked to wear them throughout the service.
In keeping with the Thanksgiving theme, attendees are asked to bring canned food items, which benefits those who need it within the community.
The event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 24, at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to last around two hours.
St. Andrew Catholic Church is located at 9950 NW 29th Street.
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- Jen Russon has been a staff writer for Talk Media since 2018. She is also a novelist, copywriter and editor at the imprint www.swallowpublishing.com. She lives in Coral Springs with her family.
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