Muslims, Jews Form Post-9/11 Friendships

November 6, 2007

Author: Sally Kalson

Source: Post-Gazette

On a Sunday afternoon in late September, an unusual group of people got together in a Point Breeze house. Half of them were Muslims, who, in the midst of Ramadan, talked about their beliefs and practices around the holy period. The other half were Jews, who talked about the meaning and rituals of the recently completed holy days, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.

As the sun set, the Muslims repaired to a side room for evening prayers, while the Jews laid out a meal of Asian, Jewish and American dishes that everyone had brought. Soon all were gathered around the table sampling sweet rice, spicy chicken and noodle dishes, laughing and chatting.

Muslims and Jews elsewhere may be thinking the worst of each other, but this group came together in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, looking for common ground. On Sunday it will celebrate its fifth anniversary.