Important details about the March For Our Lives Prayer Vigil & Rally.

Nineteenth Street Baptist Church was contacted last week by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld from Ohev Shalom (the National Synagogue) about our church participating in the March for Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24th. Our conversations on the March For Our Lives event included several opportunities for partnership and community engagement. As a result of these conversations the Nineteenth Street Baptist Church looks forward to specifically supporting the March For Our Lives by:

  • Providing storage space so that that the synagogue will be able to store water and power bars at our church – Jewish rituals on Sabbath observance have specific guidelines on what Orthodox Jews can carry;
  • Donating additional water and nutritional resources
  • Encouraging members of our church family of all ages to participate in the March For Our Lives
  • Holding a Prayer Vigil on the steps in front of our church at 11:00 am on Saturday, March 24


This community engagement is significant for a number of reasons:

  1. The National Orthodox Jewish Synagogue is partnering with the oldest Black Baptist Church in Washington, DC
  2. This partnership is significant because it allows Ohev Shalom to carry out its mission of engaging with its neighbors while symbolically reconnecting with an important historical marker in the Jewish faith (B’nai Israel, the former name of the synagogue that use to own the current Nineteenth Street Baptist Church property)
  3. This provides an opportunity to form an interfaith coalition around a national problem— gun violence in our schools.

Please note that two other congregations on 16th Street have pledged to participate in the Prayer Rally/March down 16th Street— Zion Baptist Church (Rev. Keith Byrd, Pastor) and The Church of Latter Day Saints (Bishop Christensen).

We thank God for the hard work of all those working behind the scenes to make this happen.

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!!!!