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February 27, 2023

‘Healing the world’: Christian and Jewish faiths dedicate Ocala Tree of Life Sanctuary

Different beliefs were set aside as people came together to find common ground in social action and tikkun olam – a Jewish concept meaning “repairing the world” that is also a cornerstone of Christianity’s vision statement. This shared commitment to peace and tikkun olam was symbolically highlighted by hundreds of paper doves being released in the sanctuary’s lobby.

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In Florida, Jews and Christians worship and learn under same new roof

The first of its kind in the nation, Ocala Tree of Life Sanctuary is a unique joint venture between First Congregational UCC and Temple Beth Shalom. The two separate worship spaces can also be combined into one big space for shared events due o the presence of movable walls and seating. Ocala Tree of Life Sanctuary is a symbol of the strong bong between the two congregations and of the strong communal spirit in Ocala.

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