“I’ve never been inside a synagogue, so I didn’t know what to expect,” said Imaan Javeed, 14, a member of the Islamic Foundation of Toronto (IFT). He was one of the 250 members of Congregation Darchei Noam and the IFT who took part in a Jewish-Muslim twinning weekend for the first time.
This is the second year more than 100 North American Jewish and Muslim congregations have visited each other’s places of worship. For Darchei Noam and IFT, it started at the Sheppard Ave. W. synagogue on Friday, with prayers to begin the sabbath.
The Islamic Foundation of Toronto mosque overflowed as more than 3,000 people paid their respects to a dedicated mother and her two bright and friendly daughters, whose lives were cut short in a swimming adventure gone wrong. In 2002, the family moved to Toronto from Pakistan. On July 18, during a family trip to the Thousand Islands, the two girls and their mother, Naila Yasmin, 43, were found unconscious in the Best Western Country Squire Resort pool. They had slipped out of their room early in the morning to go for a swim. Yasmin was a schoolteacher in Pakistan and worked at a Tim Hortons in Toronto while caring for her husband and four children.