Aurora Interfaith
On Sunday, Nov. 24, at Society 57, 100 S. River St. in Aurora, from 3 to 5 p.m., InterFaith Aurora will host its 12th annual “Thanksgiving Celebration of Music and Friendship."
 
The public is invited. Street parking is free. A freewill collection will benefit the Neighbor Project in Aurora, a nonprofit dedicated to helping low to moderate income families reduce debt, build credit, save and ultimately buy their first homes.   
Songs and religious praise from diverse congregations throughout the 
Aurora area will be featured. The theme is “One Aurora: Community. Diversity. Empathy.”

“This celebration is the consummation of our year-long activities where different faith
communities work to bring understanding, inclusion, awareness and friendship of each other in

order to work toward a more harmonious and just community,” said Tammy Helfrich, the organi-
zation’s coordinator.

There will be readings from members of the Baha’i, Jewish, Sikh, Muslim, Hindu and
Christian communities, music from the choir of the St. John African Methodist Episcopal
Church, a multi-community choir and much more. The celebration is open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served after the event, and offerings raised from the celebra-
tion will be donated to the Neighbor Project in Aurora, which is a nonprofit organization dedicat-
ed to helping low to moderate income families reduce debt, build credit, save and ultimately buy

their first homes. Their vision is to see healthy, strong and stable neighborhoods brought about
by positioning working families to be the primary drivers of community growth.
Prior year recipients were 2018 Jesse Torres Boxing Club; 2017 CASA Kane County; 2016
Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry; and 2015 Family counseling Service of Aurora, IL.
Participants in this year’s event include the following:
Aurora Jewish Renewal Congregation
Temple B’nai Israel

St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church
Wesley United Methodist Church
The Orchard Community
The Sikh Community

Al Aqsa Mosque
Hindu Community
United for Peace
Baha’i Community
St. John UCC
St. Joseph Catholic Church

InterFaith Aurora, a non-profit organization, has been in existence for approximately 20 years.
The mission of the organization is based on the common belief that we are all children of God.

We set for ourselves the mission of sharing and connecting. We believe that building under-
standing, acceptance, and love within the community in which we make our homes will help

transform and heal the world in which we live.
The group meets monthly. For more information, contact Tammy Helfrich, tammy@theorchardcommunity.com. or 630-862-9621.