Century Marks

Jews and Muslims together: When a Jewish synagogue in Reston, Virginia, heard that a Muslim congregation was looking for space to rent for the observance of Ramadan, it offered its social hall. The imam, who grew up in Sudan, said that he had never met a Jew until he moved to the U.S. in his 20s and that his congregation’s experience with the synagogue had shattered stereotypes. One member of the Muslim congregation said, “Next time I see a Jewish person, I will not look at them the same.” The Jewish rabbi expects that the relationship between the two groups won’t end with Ramadan. The imam and the rabbi are talking about taking a trip to the Middle East together. The Muslims will continue to hold Friday prayers at the synagogue (AP).


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