At Joyous Feast, a Spirit of Peace

October 4, 2007

Author: Michele Morgan Bolton

Source: The Boston Globe

SHARON - Richa Magan took a leap of faith this summer when she agreed to chair an event marking the unusual confluence of the Jewish holiday Sukkot and the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

It happens once every 32 years, and this year, the 17-year-old's own Hindu festival of Navaratri also converged. How could she say no?

The Sharon High School senior had never as much as gone grocery shopping on her own, she now admits. Yet, on Sunday, after many, many trips to BJs and Costco, and hours poring over religious dietary regulations, Magan and others from Interfaith Action Inc. brought more than 400 people together at Temple Israel to share food and partake in a deeply spiritual program.