50 mosques and 50 synagogues representing more than 100,000 Muslims and Jews paired up throughout the United States to learn from each other, and mutually commit to combating anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. In Saint Louis members of Brith Sholom Kneseth Israel and the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis visited each others’ houses of worship to learn, and discuss how to help each other battle religious ignorance that can lead to intolerance and hate. “God created us not to despise each other, but to come to know and love one another,” said Imam Muhamed Hasic of the Islamic Community Center.
The gathers were part of an event called the “Weekend of Twinning,” organized by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in New York. The organization’s president, Rabbi Marc Schneier, said: “As the children of Abraham, not only do we share a common faith, but share a common fate. We must strengthen our bonds of concern, compassion and caring for each other.”
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