Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein, founder and director of the Tannenbaum Chabad House Jewish Center at Northwestern University, delivered the opening prayer Wednesday as guest chaplain before the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin, chaplain for the House of Representatives, invited Klein on the recommendation of U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston.
“It was a tremendous honor for me to be asked to something of this nature,” Klein said. “It’s very regal going into the U.S. Capitol itself, and the only people who ever speak from the podium I spoke from are the President of the United States and the chaplains. The experience was truly amazing.”
Here’s a video from C-SPAN of the invocation.
Following Klein’s invocation, Schakowsky took a moment to welcome Klein, speaking about the profound impact his work has had on the Northwestern campus and in the Evanston community. In addition to his role at Chabad House, Klein also serves as senior chaplain of the Evanston Police Department.
“I’m proud to be Jewish, I’m proud to be American, and I’m especially proud that I was able to represent Northwestern and the Evanston community in the Capitol,” he said. “It was a great honor for me.”