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Christians join Jews in observance

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In the spirit of interfaith relations, some Christians joined Jews in observing the fast of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Hebrew calendar.

Although some Christians have fasted individually for several years, two congregations decided this year to make Yom Kippur a public worship event.

About 250 Christian congregants of the Narkiss St. Baptist Church fasted Wednesday for Yom Kippur, which ended a 10-day period of repentance for Jews. The Christians also gathered to pray against a backdrop of Jewish worshipers wailing nearby.

Also, at King of Kings Assembly in Jerusalem, most members fasted on Yom Kippur, said Associate Pastor Chuck Cohen.

"This is the first time we've done this in a more organized way," said Chuck Kopp, pastor of the Baptist congregation and head of the Christian Council in Israel. "We feel we need forgiveness too. We feel it is a good time to take stock."