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A mere thirteen days before the presidential election, the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia formally launched the first of its kind program entitled “Visionary Women: Rooted in Faith, Committed to Justice.” Associate Executive Director of the Interfaith Center, Nicole Diroff was concerned that at best, twenty women would sign on and she would feel compelled to personally invite participants, given that attendees were asked to commit one Sunday afternoon monthly for six months.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the photograph of Muslims and Jews gathered around an unfurled Torah in the sanctuary of Temple Shalom Emeth, Rabbi Susan Abramson’s suburban Boston congregation, says volumes about her ongoing and notable interfaith outreach. The picture above was taken during an “Evening of Fellowship” with the local Muslim community that included a Shabbat evening service followed by Salaam prayers. “There were 120 people in our sanctuary and I opened the Torah scroll. Our Muslim guests asked a lot of questions and we even picked out words from the Torah that are similar to words in Arabic,” says Abramson.
In 2010, Sheryl Olitzky, a marketing professional, who had worked in marketing throughout her career, decided to start an interfaith dialogue group for Jewish and Muslim women. She sought advice from various people who had experience with putting together these types of groups. One of them, Eboo Patel of the Interfaith Youth Core, told her that with a project like this, she should give herself three years to succeed. Three years and a week after she started it, her group, the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom was on the front page of the New York Times. The story included photos of the national conference the organization held at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey on December 4, 2016. The conference was attended by almost 500 Jewish and Muslim women, up from 100 at the first conference two years ago.
Emily Shire has an essay up at the Daily Beast whose headline reads, “How Does A Single Jew Find a Nice Goy To Date?” A catchy headline for sure, but one whose answer is, in effect, ‘By leaving the house.’ Or not even, in the age of apps. Unlike early 19th century France, when Napoleon very much wanted Jews to marry out, but there was little reason to think non-Jews were prepared to invite Jews into their families, in 21st century America, it’s easier, all things equal, for a (secular) Jew to marry out than in.