SOMERVILLE, NJ —A candlelight vigil was held on Nov. 28 at the 14th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving dinner to remember terrorist attacks in Paris.

The event organized by the Branchburg Rotary club, Somerset County Cultural Diversity Coalition, local houses of worships and other local Rotary clubs, was held at  the Raritan Valley College, Grand Conference Room.

Many Interfaith leaders from the community participated in this gathering to pray for peace and healing.  Rotary Club of Branchburg’s exchange student from France, Ms. Anne Coulondre, was one of the speaker.

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Interfaith leaders from Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh faith conducted reading from their perspective faith.

The service included music and readings from interfaith leaders, followed by a shared meal to create a sense of community among people who experience the sacred in different ways but also who share much in common.

At the event 2015 Diversity Awards were presented to following individuals and organizations.

World Volunteer: Doug Merritt,  Rotary club of Branchburg and Homes of Home Ecuador Founder. Since 2002 Doug has traveled to Ecuador many times to build homes for impoverished inhabitants of San Pablo, a small village outside of Guayaquil.

Community Service: Dr. Charles Brine, Friends of Nepal-NJ, has  been helping many nonprofit organizations to support their humanitarian projects. He has dedicated his time and effort to improve the quality of life.

Faith Community: Indian Health Camp of NJ.  Since 1999, IHCNJ, a non-profit organization has been conducting health-screening fairs throughout the state, and has served more than 7,000 uninsured or under insured individuals in the state of NJ.

Youth Leaders:  Somerville High School Interact Club.  The Club has been very active in promoting humanitarian activities in their school and community since the club was chartered in 2012.  The club has been making a difference in their community and communities around the world.

This program was made possible by the Rotary District grant and the Branchburg Rotary Foundation grant.