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Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Shlomo Segal on 25 April 2018

Guest Chaplain: Rabbi Shlomo Segal, Kehilat Moshe, Brooklyn, NY
Sponsor: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, (D-NY)
Date of Prayer: 04/25/2018

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Mr. JEFFRIES. Mr. Speaker, it is my honor to welcome our guest chaplain, Rabbi Shlomo Segal of Kehilat Moshe synagogue from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Rabbi Segal and his wife, Adina, founded the synagogue 5 years ago, and they have since created a vibrant community not only for the diverse group of Jews who attend their services, but for people of all faiths throughout Brooklyn.

Rabbi Segal is a leader in our community who works hard to build bridges of understanding and tolerance. He serves on the board of governors of the New York Board of Rabbis and is a rabbinical consultant to the Kings Bay Y, a Jewish community center in the Eighth Congressional District that I proudly represent.

Through his work, he celebrates the diversity of Brooklyn, bringing together different religious and ethnic groups to emphasize what we all have in common––as New Yorkers and as Americans and, most importantly, as human beings.

Rabbi Segal has brought together Jews, Christians, and Muslims to breakfast for Ramadan and worked hard to bring together and strengthen ties between the Black and Jewish communities of central Brooklyn. Rabbi Segal’s efforts are geared toward making religion the greatest possible force that it can be in our community and in our Nation.

He is here today with his wonderful wife, Adina, and two tremendous children, Shira and Rayna. It is my honor to welcome them to the People’s House and to our Nation’s Capitol.

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Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Master of the universe,
we humbly ask You to bless the endeavors of this noble and dedicated body,
the United States House of Representatives.

Guide the Members of this House with Your wisdom
so that they may approach the complex challenges of our day
with forthrightness, integrity, and, above all, compassion.

Endow us with Your goodwill, O Lord,
so that we may build bridges of hope which make us strong
and tear down barriers of division which make us weak.

Grant us a listening and full heart
so that we may each understand one another
and recognize the divine image inherent in every human being.
We pray for this vision now.

In the words of the Psalmist,
“May the Lord give you grace and glory.”[1] Psalms 84:12 partial – חן וכבוד יתן ה׳ 
In that spirit, may we each find the strength and courage
to bring God’s honor and glory to this great Nation.



115th Congress, 2nd Session
Issue: Vol. 164, No. 67 — Daily Edition (April 25, 2018)

Link: https://chaplain.house.gov/chaplaincy/display_gc.html?id=2721



1 Psalms 84:12 partial – חן וכבוד יתן ה׳

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