OGDEN -- The public is invited to participate at 5 p.m. Nov. 18 in the annual Interfaith Works Thanksgiving Celebration to be held at Your Community Connection, 2261 Adams Ave. in Ogden.
Those who attend will have the chance to learn from a Jewish tradition for remembering to be thankful every day.
"There is a tradition that you should try to say 100 blessings a day, find 100 things to be grateful for," said Judi Amsel, president of Ogden's Jewish Congregation Brith Sholem.
She said the tradition essentially offers a stairway to heaven.
"If you can find 100 ways to be grateful every day, you have a good attitude, you are seeing good in the world and you are probably making the world a better place," she said.
Amsel said the way is paved for people to be able to meet this goal through daily rituals.
She said as a person wakes up, they have a chance to think of things they are grateful for at that moment, as they realize they are alive and they face new opportunities of the day.
"You are grateful that you are a free person," she said.
Blessings before and after a meal also offer such opportunities for gratitude, she said.
"You don't eat your meal without being cognizant of the source and expressing that gratitude."
But even with those opportunities, Amsel said, a person needs to keep watch to make it to 100 each day.
"You aren't going to make it to 100 without keeping your eyes open and being observant," she said. Of her upcoming presentation, she said, "I will share those blessings and the ways you can go about being grateful."
Amsel said the tradition is essentially about developeing an attidute of gratitude -- "always being open to seeing those miracles and being grateful when you see them."
She said some of the special blessings that can contribute to 100 thank-you's every day are when you see a rainbow, hear thunder or simply recognize that you have made it to a milestone moment.
"This last blessing, which is recited the first time you do something (like voting) or when an annual holiday arrives once more, says 'Blessed are you, Adonai our God, for giving us life, sustaining us and bringing us to this moment,' " she said.
Also participating with presentations will be Dan Litchford, who will give a demonstration representing The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Bob Adams, who will represent the Greek Orthodox Church; the Rev. Vanessa Cato, the priest at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ogden; Mike Monson, minister's assistant at Ogden Buddhist Church, whose presentation will represent ideas from Buddhist teachings; Heide Cottam, who will demonstrate ideas from Earth Centered Spirituality; and Joan Effiong, who will represent First United Methodist Church.
Presentations also will be offered by members of the Baha'i and the Muslim communities.
Dan Arnow, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, will offer a musical selection featuring the flute.
Also from Arnow's church, musician Mark Stevenson will offer a prelude and Yolanda Sue Guedea will play the fiddle.
Lacie Harris, a Native American from the Ute/Piute Indian tribe, will bless the event with a traditional blessing calling upon the Earth and the four directions for guidance.
The event will include snacks and decorations offered by members of American Mothers, Inc. They will be led by Weber County Mother of the Year Cheryl Ferrin and Ogden City Mother of the Year Alice Smith.