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  • Muslims and Jews forge friendships over dinner

    3 days ago

    Some Jews wore kippot, while Muslim fellows wore hijabs and niqabs as 300 members of the two religious communities came together over an iftar dinner June 25 during Ramadan at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. 

    The break fast — which featured kosher and halal foods — was much more than...

  • In Britain, Jewish and Muslim women connect over Mitzvah Day

    3 weeks ago

    Good deeds can be contagious. Just ask Laura Marks, a British Jew who is widely credited with creating one of her community’s most widely celebrated new traditions: an annual Mitzvah Day, now in its 11th consecutive year, in which thousands of British Jews perform charity work in...

  • ‘Paloma’ examines interfaith relationships

    3 weeks ago

    Playwright Anne García-Romero, talking about her latest work, “Paloma,” said three of the world’s major religions are represented by the three main characters. “One is Muslim-American; one is Puerto Rican, and she’s Catholic; and then the third character is also American, and he is...

  • Mixing cocktails and conversation

    By Avishay Artsy

    June 3, 2015 | 12:06 pm

    Jews and Muslims in Los Angeles don’t often get together for drinks. After all, religious Muslims don’t drink, and the two groups have had their differences. 

    But a new project aims to get individuals from both backgrounds talking to each other, while crafting simple yet...

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  • U.S. citizens in Israel warned ahead of Nakba Day

    May 13, 2015 | 11:19 am

    The United States’ diplomatic missions in Israel have called on U.S. citizens to exercise caution due to demonstrations and violence associated with Nakba Day.

    Nakba Day is observed on May 15, the Gregorian anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day in 1948. The Palestinians, and...

  • Muslims and Jews gather to combat anti-Semitism

    May 13, 2015 | 9:06 am

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    When Abderrahim Chaibi was seven years old, his teacher in a Muslim school in Morocco told him that Jews were bad people who murdered the Prophet Mohammed. Now decades later, Chaibi is in Jerusalem for the fifth Global Forum for...

  • Arabs and Jews quarrel over Acre’s Old City

    May 12, 2015 | 11:54 am

    This story orginally appeared on The Media Line.

    Minarets, green domes and an Ottoman-era clock tower look out over the brightly painted fishing boats that line the quayside. Tourists stroll beside gaggles of children on outings from nearby Muslim schools. The old city of Acre is...

  • Islamophobia:  Discovering the Impact on More Than Just Muslims

    By Lia Mandelbaum

    April 1, 2015 | 4:01 pm

    “Before you dump your issues onto me, I am not a Muslim or Arabian.  I am a Sikh from India.”  This was the sign that greeted me when I recently popped into a convenient store on Sunset Boulevard. The man behind the counter, who displayed the sign, was wearing an orange turban, a...

  • Happy Nowruz from A Mystical Persian Jew.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 20, 2015 | 9:41 am

    “We plan and God Laughs,” they say.
    Remember Sarah?
    Sometimes God plans and we laugh.


    Today,
    As a Persian Jew,
    Celebrating Nowruz,
    In the USA- far from Iran,
    On the eve of the holiest day- Shabbat,
    Alongside Muslim sisters and brothers,
    In a blessed, lush, Christian...

  • The Jew, the Copt and the Yazidi

    By Gina Nahai

    March 4, 2015 | 11:30 am

    I’ll get to those three in a minute but first, let me tell you what a Muslim friend said to me a couple of months ago. He’s an Iranian-born reporter who lives and works in the United Kingdom — one of the many used-to-be-Muslims who gave up religion once the mullahs took over in...

  • Yizkor for Khojaly: Sharing Sorrow and Hope

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    February 24, 2015 | 3:21 pm

    On February 21-22, Pico Shul, our newly established spiritual community in Los Angeles, organized a “Solidarity and Commemoration Weekend” with local Azerbaijanis and the Consulate of the Republic of Azerbaijan. These are some of my reflections.

    On the world stage, Jews and...

  • The Many Roads to God.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    January 23, 2015 | 10:18 am

    "Only from the heart can you touch the sky." I often quote Rumi on how to reach God.

    Yet, anyone who has gone around the sun a few times knows that there is no one answer to any of life’s difficult questions.

    Trying to understand God, to use a crude analogy, is like the Hindu...

  • Anti-Semitism, an atrocious ‘trend’

    December 31, 2014 | 5:14 pm

    Our world has seen its fair share of brutality. From Hulagu Khan, who boasted about killing 200,000 Muslims during his violent week-long rampage in the city of Bagdhad which also resulted in the complete destruction of centuries-old heritage, to Vikings that took what they deemed...

  • L.A.’s Jews and Muslims partner in ‘twinning’ events

    By Ryan Torok

    November 19, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    When Jews and Muslims came together for a “twinning” event on Nov. 16, the Pico Union Project was filled with jamming, rapping, rhetoric, dancing and more.

    “It’s the only way we will ever find peace — through the arts and dialogue. So this is a really good start,” Genie Benson,...

  • Ten Lessons Learned from a Rabbi’s Murder.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    November 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

    1- The world is random.  No amount of holiness or payer can save a pious man from random evil.  Rabbi Moshe Twersky was a teacher of American students in Israel. His grandfather, had ordained 2,000 rabbis. His father, Rabbi Isadore Twersky, was a prominent American-Jewish leader,...

  • Idan Raichel: Music with meaning

    By Ryan Torok

    November 5, 2014 | 1:22 pm

    For Israeli superstar Idan Raichel, sometimes it’s not the musical notes that matter most; it’s what happens in between.

    Such is the case when a Jewish singer-songwriter teams up with a Muslim guitarist — in this case, Vieux Farka Touré, from the West African country of Mali.

    ...
  • The Khazars and the Mountain Jews: Tales from Jewish Azerbaijan

    November 4, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    Buried deep beneath Azerbaijan’s bucolic landscape lie secrets behind the ancient Muslim-Jewish friendship that prevails in this South Caucasus largely Shiite country. The 8th-century leaders of the Khazar Empire, famously, converted from their shamanistic religion and worship of a...

  • Why is criticism of Islam forbidden?

    By Dennis Prager

    October 29, 2014 | 10:21 am

    There is apparently no amount of mass murder, no number of innocents tortured or women raped, no amount of female degradation, no number of people enslaved, no number of Christians expelled from or murdered in the Middle East, no amount of Nazi-like Jew-hatred in its societies, no...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    September 11, 2014 | 12:59 pm

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 2, 2014 | 4:46 pm

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read...

  • There Is No Islam Armada

    By Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin

    September 2, 2014 | 4:46 pm

    This is how bad it's getting.

    I'm in my local Whole Foods, and I see a teenaged boy wearing a T-shirt with the word "Islam" on it. I feel my body begin to tense up. "Whatever that shirt says," my inner monologue starts, "it can't be good."

    I move closer to him, in order to read...

  • British Jews, Muslims issue joint statement for peace and tolerance

    August 28, 2014 | 2:27 pm

    Jewish and Muslim leaders in the United Kingdom issued a joint statement, calling for peace in the Middle East and “constructive dialogue” between the two groups in Britain.

    “In spite of the situation in the Middle East, we must continue to work hard for good community relations...

  • When God Cries

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    August 21, 2014 | 7:04 am

    In the absence of light we call night
    my children fall into the trusted dreams of tooth fairies and twirling ballerinas
    and through the sizzling silence
    I hear God crying.

    The tears are not kosher, nor halal, nor salty, nor of the cross.

    Pharaoh killed Hebrews’ first born...

  • What a dying business in Sderot looks like, even during cease-fire

    By Jared Sichel

    August 15, 2014 | 7:24 am

    In a narrow alleyway just next to Begin Square in the center of this Israeli city, shops, cafes and bakeries are so tightly packed together that with every few steps brings a new business.

    These merchants have, for years, been accustomed to the inhospitable reality of life in...

  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 23, 2014 | 6:05 pm

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • Israel and Islamism are both occupying Palestine

    July 23, 2014 | 3:52 pm

    While Gazans, their Hamas leadership and pro-Palestinian supporters around the world condemn Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, now turning into a ground invasion, it’s time Muslims examined the Other Occupation: the inexorable advance of political Islamism over Islam.

    ...
  • Choose Life: Jews and Muslims working for peace together in Israel

    July 23, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    While violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has escalated in recent weeks, a small group is attempting to keep dialogue open between the disparate groups. 

    Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, 57, Rabbi Shaul Judelman, 35, and a growing number of Israeli West Bank settlers and...

  • Don’t kill us

    July 23, 2014 | 9:20 am

    We are teenagers on summer vacation. Some of us are religious Jews and some of us are religious Muslims. We are in different places and we come from different places.

    We are your future.  And four quite like us -- Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrach, and Mohammed Abu...

  • How the Syrian-Muslim and American-Jew became best friends

    July 21, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    I’m sitting at a pub my first night in Cyprus with a group of strangers. Peering around at potential friends I begin to talk to this hilarious guy. Syria, he tells me, that’s where I am from. He giggles as he sees the shock in my eyes. “I am not going to bomb you, I promise.” He...

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