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Thanksgiving SOJOURN on Eldridge Street God’s Row, Lower East Side, Manhattan

We spent the day at houses of worship as they prepared for Thanksgiving

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Illustration by Darilyn Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions

 

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The Indians on Thanksgiving Morning

 

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Serving Thanksgiving meal at The Lamb's Church. "We are very diverse in this country and same in the church. There were some that wanted Trump, and some who wanted Hillary. We need to be in tune with people’s needs regardless of politics. God put each of us on earth for a reason."

 

"We give thanks for what we have and give thanks for what we don’t have."

 

Pastor & Mrs. Rey Bazan. "Our church has Latinos, Whites, etc. PR, Dominicans, Ecuador, Columbians, Salvadorians, Chinese, Whites, African Americans. A deaf community lives nearby and they have come tonight.

Pastor & Mrs. Rey Bazan. "Our church has Latinos of all sorts -- Puerto Ricans, Dominicans, Ecuadorians, Columbians, and Salvadorians, Chinese, Whites, and African Americans. We have services in Spanish, English and Chinese. When we have a sign language interpreter, a deaf community, which lives nearby, come. They are here tonight."

 

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"We Muslims celebrate thanksgiving five times a day at prayers and 24/7 in our lives." -- Quran instructor at Assafa Islamic Center

"We Muslims celebrate thanksgiving five times a day at prayers and 24/7 in our lives." -- Quran instructor at Assafa Islamic Center

 

Quran instructor with students. Illustration by Darilyn Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions

Quran instructor with students. Illustration by Darilyn Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions

 

Quran memorization for beginners

Quran memorization for beginners. Photo: Darilyn Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions

 

Imam Mufty Luthfur Rahman Qasimy asks the interviewer to point to any student and ask him to recite from memory a verse from the Quran. One student recited with poetic style, another with aspiration accenting the recitation, and another as quick as he could. The students at this Quran school are world renown for their abilities. Photo: Darilyn Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions

Imam Mufty Luthfur Rahman Qasimy asks the interviewer to point to any student and ask him to recite from memory a verse from the Quran. One student recited with poetic style, another with aspiration accenting the recitation, and another as quick as he could. The students at this Quran school are world renown for their abilities. Photo: Darilyn Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions

 

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Tony McCrow speaks with elegance about Thanksgiving and the Islamic faith.

Tony McCrow spoke with eloquence about Thanksgiving and the Islamic faith.

 

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Preparing for Thanksgiving service. Pastor Rev. Anibal Espaillat of Sea of Galilee Church.

Preparing for Thanksgiving service. Pastor Anibal Espaillat of Sea of Galilee Church. "We encourage each family to invite into the homes newcomers, friends and relatives to celebrate Thanksgiving by praying over each other."

 

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Venerable Shi Ziu Jue. "We Buddhists don't believe in killing, so at Thanksgiving we pray for the turkeys."

Venerable Shi Ziu Jue and Zhi Rong. "We Buddhists don't believe in killing, so at Thanksgiving we pray for the turkeys."

 

Interior of Puchao Temple, afternoon prayer service. Illustration by Darilyn Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions

Interior of Puchao Temple, afternoon prayer service. Illustration by Darilyn Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions

 

Photos by Tony Carnes/A Journey through NYC religions unless otherwise noted.

 

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