Jews and Muslims in the United States share many commonalities. Both are religious minorities who have experienced increasing discrimination and prejudice in recent years. Both communities have been attacked by white supremacists and have come to each other’s support in times of distress. And yet, geopolitical realities (Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 9/11 and the War on Terror, U.S. policies in the Middle East) have served to adversely impact intercommunal relations. What are the current challenges and opportunities in navigating Jewish-Muslim relations in the U.S. and what is the way forward?
Join us on Sunday, September 15thto hear Rabbi Or Rose and Dr. Sohail Hashmi explore the complexities of Jewish-Muslim divides here in the U.S., identify sources of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia within each group, examine the impact of geopolitics on inter-communal relations,and, most importantly, develop strategies for increasing connections. The event will be facilitated by Paula Green and Mehlaqa Samdani. There will be time for small group interactions and opportunities for further engagement.