Thu., November 4, 2010 4:00pm (EDT)

Jews, Muslims Honor Common Heritage
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 4 years ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
More than 100 Jewish and Muslim communities are participating in a weekend of interfaith dialogue.  (photo Bummy2810)
More than 100 Jewish and Muslim communities are participating in a weekend of interfaith dialogue. (photo Bummy2810)
The nation's second-oldest Jewish synagogue and a Savannah mosque are coming together for a weekend of interfaith diologue.

The coming together is aimed at honoring what unites Jews and Muslims.

The temple, Congregation Mickve Israel, and the mosque, Masjid Jihad, are holding dual services as part of a worldwide weekend of interfaith understanding organized by a New York based non-profit.

Imam Maajid Ali will speak at the temple and Rabbi Mark Belzer will speak at the mosque.

Belzer says, the theme is common heritage.

"We honor the father, Abraham, as father of our respective faiths," Belzer says. "It's just appropriate for us to talk about it without the distraction of world politics."

Ali says, mutual dialogue and respect are key to overcoming political differences.

Similar events are taking place in Atlanta, Marietta and in more than 100 different cities in 22 countries.

Organizers say, the twinning of synagogues and mosques is aimed at combating Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.


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