Cultural diversity was on display Nov. 25 at the ninth annual “the arts of thanksgiving” at B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike.

The interreligious celebration featured art, music and dance during 11 performances that included Israeli dancing, klezmer music, Greek dancing, Chinese singing and dancing, a Roman Catholic children’s choir, a Scottish pipe band, Indian dancing, and African drum and dancing, in front of about 500 people.

Rabbi Stephen Weiss, senior rabbi at B’nai Jeshurun, said the event is important because it brings communities together, showing diversity and solidarity.

A member of the Djapo Cultural Arts Institute, an African drum and dance group which traditionally is the final performance of the night, told the audience the program is about family, unity and community – the true art of Thanksgiving.

The Cleveland Jewish News was the media sponsor.

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