Northwest Gathering October 2015, Mercer Island WA
The Seattle/NW Chapter
of B'nai Shalom, Children of Peace, Org. celebrated its fourth
semiannual gathering Thursday evening, with beautiful music by Teah and David Akrish.
We gained better understanding of the 10 tribes of Israel from author Leslie Pearson Rees.
food, Jewish and Other
A delectable smorgasbord
Jewish LDS, other LDS and interested
friends attended our Seattle/NW gathering. Phil and Sara Ortega hosted. About 50 were in attendance.
While we enjoyed the great variety and amount of food at our
buffet, local musicians David and Teah
Akrish serenaded us on viola and guitar, accompanied by Jamin Hoggard
on the piano. Their music was a spiritual feast. We enjoyed a sing
along of hymns in Hebrew and the Kol Nidrei selection, ceremonial music of Yom Kippur.
Our Seattle and Salt Lake geneologist, Mary Kozy, assisted Sephardic Jewish member Morrie Tacher to find his immigration
Sister Baker spoke two minutes on the status of B'nai Shalom organization as a whole. There are over 900 members world wide.
Prior to Sister Rees' lecture, film producer Robert
Starling presented a short "teaser" of a film, "Israel, Do You Know?",
about Jews who have joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Leslie Pearson Rees
of Utah spoke on "Ye Have Been
Hid - Finding the Lost Tribes of Israel",
the result of 40
years of gathering. She made a very imformative, interesting
presentation which revealed the history, dispersion and gathering of the tribes of
Israel from ALL CORNERS OF THE EARTH.
President Phil Ortega acknowledged the
Spirit of God in our lives, our Church, and our faith in Christ. His closing testimony:
We acknowledge those who helped with setup, serving, kitchen duty,
and take-down. Thanks especially to the Taylors and Tachers, who
traveled from other counties to attend. Thanks also to our organization president, Marlena Tanya Muchnick-Baker
for her assistance and leadership in this endeavor.