Never could I have possibly imagined a trip that would end with Jews and Muslims sharing their meals in the kosher cafeteria. Or with Muslims asking me if I am coming to Shabbat dinner on Friday night. Or with Jewish students sitting around a bonfire shouting "Takbir," an exclamation Muslims use to proclaim the greatness of Allah.
Last October, Sam Krentzman, the special projects coordinator at the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life, asked me to help coordinate a Jewish-Muslim Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans. The goal of the trip was to bring 15 Jews and 15 Muslims together to help rebuild New Orleans.