Clergy spearhead third Boca rally to stop Darfur genocide

A rally protesting the ongoing genocide in Darfur will be held Thursday at 4 p.m. in Boca Raton.

The demonstration – the third to be held in Boca Raton this year – will be conducted at the Genocide Memorial in front of St. David Armenian Orthodox Church at 2300 Yamato Road. It is part of the national Save Darfur Coalition’s Ten Days of Action.

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County has announced its support for the community rally to protest the deaths and displacement of residents in the western Sudan area

Clergy members will spearhead the 4 p.m. rally being sponsored by the Save Darfur Coalition of South Palm Beach County.

“We’re doing everything we can to promote awareness of this issue in the Jewish community,” said JCRC Director Elise Dolgow.

The JCRC is sponsoring the participation of Florida Atlantic University sophomore Jaclyn Bergman in the “Save Darfur Now: Voices to End Genocide” rally on Sunday, Sept. 17 in New York’s Central Park. The rally will be the centerpiece event in a global day for Darfur as individuals around the world call for the immediate deployment of U.N. peacekeepers to Darfur.

Also scheduled to participate in the New York rally will be Sara Agler, daughter of Rabbi Richard Agler of Congregation B’nai Israel in Boca Raton, and Claire Chevrier, granddaughter of Rani Garfinkle, a Federation board member. Sara Agler and Chevrier are seniors at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton.

The Save Darfur Web site says that since 2003, the Sudanese government-sponsored genocide has killed more than 400,000 men, women and children, forced 2.5 million Darfurians from their homes and left more than 3.5 million individuals reliant on humanitarian aid.

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is the public policy and social-action arm of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, which covers the greater Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach areas.

Dale M. King can be reached at 561-549-0832 or at dking@bocanews.com.