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Beth Israel teens host Islamic teens

LINDSAY SCHAWELSON | Special to Jewish News | Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 11:23 am

In today’s climate, now is the time to reach out to other communities to share our cultures and learn about different beliefs. A little over a month ago, my mom and I were invited to an interfaith dinner at a local mosque, where we were introduced to the Islamic faith, food and what a service looked like. They had a speaker there who instead of talking about differences, talked about the similarities between the Abrahamic religions. It was a very eye-opening experience and I wanted to share it with my youth group, BITY.

At the event, I found out that the mosque, the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley, also had a youth group, and then I decided that BITY should host an interfaith event at our synagogue. I talked to a friend who belonged to the mosque about ways we could have a youth event together, and then proposed the idea to my amazing youth group adviser. Within a few days, we had an event scheduled and we invited the mosque youth group to participate in community building activities with BITY. The event took place on March 31 at Congregation Beth Israel.

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