There are gratifying signs of solidarity between Jews and Muslims that we haven’t seen in a while. Here are six examples:
Application essays mentioned ‘the times we live in’.
CHICAGO (JUF News via JTA) — Some 1,000 Jewish, Muslim and Christian Chicago residents came together in unity at a synagogue that was vandalized with swastikas four days earlier. The Wednesday event at the Chicago Loop Synagogue was sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish United Fund and billed as “an interfaith…
At 1:30 p.m. on the day of the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., I huddled with my group of students from the University of Pennsylvania alongside thousands upon thousands of other protesters. Our group tried to find a route around the gridlock, to no avail, when a Muslim freshman realized that the time for afternoon prayer had arrived. Lacking any means to exit the throngs, the student knew that she would need to pray right at the corner of Independence and Third, in the middle of the jam-packed protest.
She lives in the town of Bedford, where almost two years ago a swastika was discovered in the bathroom of a public school.
Her husband says “women are from Genesis and men are from Leviticus, women do things through relationships and men through rules and regulations.”
The Christmas season is hard enough when your family is unambiguously Jewish; for us as an interfaith family, it was even more fraught…
Amid the rising fears that minorities harbor about the coming Trump era, Jewish leaders here are fiercely debating: What is to be done? For now, the dominant theme is one of deepening dialogue with other minorities, and with Muslim groups in particular. But this is raising questions: With whom should Jews dialogue, and how? How should such dialogues handle Israel? And where will the money come from when it’s time to actually act?
Clayton, Georgia, deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a remote location for a Jewish summer camp. But from November 14 until December 5, Camp Ramah Darom was a cosmopolitan melting pot of rugged Mexican immigrants, Native Americans, whites from the Pacific Northwest and volunteers from local Christian Churches.
A year ago, when several dozen Washington-area Jewish and Muslim religious and lay leaders jostled for spots in a group picture, the mood was convivial.