A local rabbi is representing the Alamo City and the Jewish community on Capitol Hill on Friday morning.
Temple Beth-El Rabbi Mara Nathan will be delivering the daily invocation to the U.S. House of Representatives. Congressman Joaquin Castro helped organize the special opportunity.
"As far as I know, this is the first time that a San Antonio synagogue temple is going to be represented," Rabbi Nathan said. "Just having the opportunity, as a rabbi representing the Jewish community, representing San Antonio, you know, it's exciting."
Nathan says that her prayer will focus on faith, unity, and service.
"Focusing on the good of humanity, recognizing that people are there because they want to serve, not only their districts but their country as a whole," Rabbi Nathan explained. "That every single person has a small piece of holiness in them and, so often, we feel divided. We look at people who look different than us or have different beliefs than us, we separate ourselves and demonize them. But the truth is, we have more in common than is different."
There will also, be a group of 11th- and 12th-graders who will be joining Rabbi Nathan in Washington, D.C. They'll be going to several seminars organized by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC). They will focus on a variety of topics including the environment, women's rights, and LGBTQ issues.
"Not only are they going to be educated about the issues that are important to them, but they're also getting an amazing civic lesson on how their vote and voice counts," Rabbi Nathan said.
On Monday, the students will meet with lawmakers to share what they've learned and speak out on the issues that are important to them.