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Interfaith Breakfast 2020

January 28, 2020

Held annually, the Interfaith Breakfast brings together New York City's faith leaders for a gathering of peace and unity. Opening remarks for the Breakfast were provided by the President and CEO of the New York Public Library, Tony W. Marx, followed by welcome remarks by Reverend Michael A. Walrond, Jr. of the First Corinthian Baptist Church.

Invocations were delivered by

  • Elder David Buckner, New York Area Seventy, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • James A. Lynch Jr., President, Buddhist Council of New York
  • Pratima Kushmani S. Doobay, New York City Co-Chair, Sadhana Coalition of Progressive Hindus
  • Pastor Kevin Liu, English Minister, Chinese Conservative Baptist Church
  • Naomi Less, Founding Ritual Leader, Lab/Shul
  • Detective Mohamed Amen, Chaplain, Community Affairs NYPD
  • Rabbi Boruch Bender, President, Achiezer Community Resource Center

Invocations were followed by remarks by

  • Tony Marx, President and CEO, New York Public Library
  • Reverend Michael A. Walrond Jr., Senior Pastor, First Corinthian Baptist Church
  • Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Executive Vice-President, New York Board of Rabbis
  • Jennifer Jones Austin, CEO, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies
  • Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
  • Dr. Debbie Almontaser, CEO, Bridging Cultures Group
  • Simran Jeet Singh, Senior Fellow, Sikh Coalition
  • Rev. Dr. Chloe Breyer, Executive Director, Interfaith Center New York
  • Shira Kline, Director of Worship and Family Education, Lab/Shul
  • Rabbi Emily Cohen, Jewish Emergent Network Resident Rabbi, Lab/Shu

A final benediction was provided by Reverend Dr. Raymond Rivera, President of the Latino Pastoral Action Center in Bronx.


  • Christian Cultural Center
  • Council of Churches of the City of New York
  • Jewish Community Relations Council of New York
  • The Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project
  • New York Board of Rabbis
  • Sephardic Community Federation
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • UJA-Federation of New York


  • Bnai Zion Foundation
  • New York State Chaplain Task Force
  • The Catholic Charities of the Archdioceses of New York

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