Interfaith Group Chooses Peace

January 18, 2009

Author: James D. Davis

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Sharifa Khan never imagined she’d be lighting Sabbath candles Friday night. But she did, after Rabbi Marc Labowitz picked her out of a crowd at an interfaith service.

“I felt honored,” Khan, who attends a mosque in Coral Springs, said of her part in the Night of Peace and Prayer at Temple Adath Or. “It felt nice to be welcomed like that.”

The service, held at the ArtServe auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, was part Sabbath, part interfaith gathering with JAM & All, a Jewish-Muslim group formed after Sept. 11, 2001.

And it was all about counteracting the anger spawned by the current fighting in the Middle East.

“We’re setting ourselves aside from political rhetoric, just to be together in prayer and healing,” said the rabbi before the service, which drew about 100 people. “When we pray together, we can begin to talk together.”

He and his co-leaders for the service — Leilani Smith of the Bahais of Davie, and Kamruz Hosein of Masjid al-Hijrah in Miramar — joined in reading from their respective scriptures, urging believers to work for peace and unity.