The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Rabbi Joui Hessel

Washington Hebrew Congregation
Washington DC, DC

Sponsor: Rep. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R-FL)
Date of Prayer: 06/03/2004

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

Ms. ROS–LEHTINEN. Mr. Speaker, it is a real pleasure to welcome a special guest to our House from Miami, Florida, who shared her message of prayer and inspiration with us today, Rabbi Joui Hessel . We are happy to have the Rabbi and her wonderful family, who reside in my congressional district in Miami, Florida, with us here today.

Rabbi Hessel was ordained from the Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in New York in 2001. While in Rabbinical School in New York, she served several congregations and also served as the Education Intern at Leo Bacck Temple in Los Angeles, California.

Rabbi Hessel is currently serving at the Washington Hebrew Congregation right here in Washington, D.C., as associate Rabbi. She has been in that capacity since June of 2001 and is active in many programs, including youth activities and adult education. The Rabbi is currently working on an educational article for a book on Parenting Young Adult Children.

Thank you, Rabbi Joui Hessel, for your spiritual leadership and for your prayers and for having such wonderful parents, who are my constituents.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Rabbi Joui Hessel, Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC, offered the following prayer:

God of all people, we thank You for all that is good in our world. We acknowledge Your sovereignty and everlasting presence in our lives. Bless us as we commit ourselves to continuing Your work of creation. For our commitment to social justice and peace is our task, and You our guide.

Allow our Nation's leaders and its citizens the opportunity to work together in an effort to create a world filled with righteousness and peace. Bless our magnificent country, that it may always be a stronghold of peace and its advocate among the Nations. May satisfaction reign within its borders, health and happiness within our homes. Strengthen our relationships among the inhabitants of all lands, so that we may work together for peace.

Blessed are You, God, who grants us life, sustains us and enables us to work for a better tomorrow. Amen.

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