Rev. Dr. Michael J. Fisher, pastor of Greater Zion Church Family in Compton. (Courtesy photo)
Rabbi David Baron of Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts (Courtesy photo)

The congregations will fellowship at the temple’s Shared Heritage of Freedom Shabbat Service

Reflecting the strong relationship between the Jewish and African American communities, Rabbi David Baron and the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts members will host Pastor Michael J. Fisher and the Greater Zion Church Family of Compton at the temple’s Shared Heritage of Freedom Shabbat Service.

The service will be held on Friday, March 15, at 8 a.m., at the Saban Theatre, the Temple of the Arts home, located at 8440 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.  Temple of the Arts is the largest arts and entertainment synagogue in the United States and owner of the historic Saban Theatre.

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Rabbi Baron said, “The shared heritage service celebrates the struggle for freedom from enslavement.  At this time of rising anti-Semitism, we reach out to our friends and neighbors and the African American community for their support.”

Explaining why his church is participating, Dr. Fisher said, “I always believe in unity.  I believe that in a world so divided, it is necessary to participate in events like these where both the Black and Jewish communities can stand, hand-in-hand, advocating for support and solidarity. This evening will serve as a reminder that we are stronger, together.  We are excited to be part of a wonderful celebration.”

Greater Zion’s 35-member Voices of Destiny Gospel Choir will perform at the service.  In 2010, Voices of Destiny Choir was named the National Winners of Verizon’s “How Sweet The Sound” Choir Competition, granting them the title, “Best Church Choir in America.”  Over the years, the name changed to Destiny 24, but today the choir is now known as Voices of Destiny.

Under the direction of Minister of Music  Tim Davis, the choir has appeared at Disney’s Annual Celebrate Gospel Event, the Los Angeles Annual Taste of Soul event, KTLA5’s Annual “A Gospel Christmas,” Black Entertainment Television’s “Celebration of Gospel,” The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, the NBA All-Star Gospel Brunch, Gospel Goes Hollywood with Donnie McClurkin and CeCe Winans, Knott’s Berry Farm Gospel Fest, City of Carson’s Annual Gospel Event, David Tutera’s CELEBrations, and more.

Also, Cantor Ilysia J. Pierce will be recognized for her 25th year serving in this position. She will join Sharon Farber, the temple’s music director, in leading the musical elements of the service.

The Shared Heritage of Freedom Shabbat Service is free and open to public.  To learn more, visit