Jewish and Muslim Students Break Challah, Boundaries

September 23, 2008

Author: Noa Borkan

Source: The Wesleyan Argus

The Jewish and Muslim chaplains came together last Friday to teach their congregants about the most famous anti-religion book in recent memory, Christopher Hitchens’ “God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.”

This seemingly unusual occasion has become a now-regular event: the fifth annual Interfaith Iftar-Shabbat Dinner, which brings together Jewish and Muslim groups on campus for a Friday night dinner and prayer service. Both communities pray and celebrate on Friday nights yet remain separated by conventional traditions.

“For two religions that fight so much, the essence of the prayers is fairly similar,” said Claire Feldman-Reich ’12, who attended the dinner. “The languages and movements may have been different, but the message was the same.”

The event, which was organized by the Interfaith Justice League (IJL), was held in the Bayit on Friday in order to mark the break-fast of the Muslim Ramadan and the traditional opening dinner of the Jewish Sabbath.