In 2004, Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation received a large, anonymous donation to support interfaith cooperation in Loudoun County, known as the Tikva (Hope) grant. In the summer of 2006, Beth Chaverim congregants approached Loudoun Cares, a leading Loudoun County non-profit, to assist in convening congregations that were similarly interested in interfaith dialogue. Thus was born Loudoun Interfaith BRIDGES, a group of synagogues, churches, remples and mosques in Loudoun County that are dedicated to bringing together communities of different faiths, collectively address common challenges, and building bridges of understanding and respect between diverse religious and ethnic entities. Our Tikva Committee continues to work to sponsor programs that promote interfaith understanding and dialogue in our community and provides grants to organizations that further this purpose.
Day of Thanks - The Interfaith Day of Thanks addresses hunger in Loudoun County. This program is hosted by Loudoun Interfaith Bridges, and held at three congregations within walking distance: one Jewish - Beth Chaverim; one Muslim - ADAMS (All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Ashburn); and one Christian - Christian Fellowship Church.
For more information about these programs or Tikva grants, please email our Tikva Committee chair, Ray Daffner, at email@example.com.