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Two religious communities unite for hurricane relief concert

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy two different religious groups have come together to host a children's music concert in an effort to raise money to not only help rebuild their places of worship but their communities.

They banged.

They danced.

And most of all they sang together.

As children and parents of two different religions united as one community, to enjoy a children's concert performed by Music Together of Ocean City and Egg Harbor Township to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief.

"This is two completely different religions two opposite ends of the spectrum and everyone has come together willing to help rebuild both churches," said St. Peter's United Methodist member Katie Grim.

"At times like this it's not only important for religions but your communities to come together to work together as one that way we can maximize the amount of people we're helping," expressed Jewish Family Service Community Initiative Coordinator Lee Turner.

Since "Super Storm Sandy" tore through the Jersey Shore; both organizations the Jewish Family Services of Margate and St. Peter's United Methodist of Ocean City have felt the effects of the storm but still been doing all they can to assist others in need, which is why "Music Together" decided to celebrate their 25th anniversary with these organizations to give them a special gift for all of their hard work.

"All of the money we raised today will be split between those two organizations who are working so hard to feed people, get them medical care, financial assistance and all sorts of wonderful things," said Andrea Zakheim-Poetsch, Director of Music Together of Ocean City and Egg Harbor Township.

Nearly 200 people came out to enjoy the musical talent of "Music Together" recording artist "Uncle" Gerry Dignan as he performed songs from both religions.

And no matter what religion you belonged to, the music proved to be powerful enough to unite everyone in the room.

"We are children singing together, we are parents singing together and we are part of a community coming together," Turner said.

"Kids don't know religion at this point in time, they just know that everyone is willing to come together to help each other out and it can't get any better than that," explained Grim.

 

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