State Reps. Padma Kuppa and Samantha Steckloff in discussion with WJBK’s Roop Raj
State Reps. Padma Kuppa and Samantha Steckloff in discussion with WJBK’s Roop Raj

Guests at the program, which took place at Sri Sri Radha Gopijana Vallabha Temple in Farmington Hills, enjoyed traditional holiday fare and lit the menorah and diyas, small clay oil lamps lit at festivals, including Diwali. 

In December, the Jewish Community Relations Council/American Jewish Committee joined with the Hindu Community Relations Council to host a celebration and discussion exploring the similarities and differences between Chanukah and Diwali. 

Moderated by WJBK-TV’s Roop Raj, “An Interfaith Festival of Lights: Coming Together for Chanukah and Diwali” featured a conversation between State Reps. Padma Kuppa (D-41) and Samantha Steckloff (D-37) as they also addressed their experiences and identity as Hindu and Jewish legislators, respectively. Guests at the program, which took place at Sri Sri Radha Gopijana Vallabha Temple in Farmington Hills, enjoyed traditional holiday fare and lit the menorah and diyas, small clay oil lamps lit at festivals, including Diwali.  

JCRC/AJC’s Advocacy Associate Michael Kuper with JCRC/AJC Executive Board Member Carol Ogusky and WJBK-TV’s Roop Raj
JCRC/AJC’s Advocacy Associate Michael Kuper with JCRC/AJC Executive Board Member Carol Ogusky and WJBK-TV’s Roop Raj. JCRC/AJC
JCRC/AJC Executive Director Rabbi Asher Lopatin, State Rep. Padma Kuppa, JCRC/AJC Advocacy Associate Michael Kuper, WJBK-TV’s Roop Raj, State Rep. Samantha Steckloff and Hindu Community Relations Council’s Nasy Sankagiri
JCRC/AJC Executive Director Rabbi Asher Lopatin, State Rep. Padma Kuppa, JCRC/AJC Advocacy Associate Michael Kuper, WJBK-TV’s Roop Raj, State Rep. Samantha Steckloff and Hindu Community Relations Council’s Nasy Sankagiri JCRC/AJC
JCRC/AJC Board Director Teri Weingarden and Executive Board Member Carol Ogusky
JCRC/AJC Board Director Teri Weingarden and Executive Board Member Carol Ogusky JCRC/AJC
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