Ramadan Dinner Teaches, Reaches into Community

September 26, 2007

Author: Stephanie Gehring

Source: Sun-Times


Each time Mary Jane Schneider attends the Mosque Foundation of Bridgeview's annual Ramadan Community Dinner, she learns something different.

The teacher aide at Simmons Middle School joined other staff members from Ridgeland School District 122 at Tuesday night's iftar.

"(The district is) so multicultural; we enjoy coming and learning about the different cultures," Schneider said. "It's such a wonderful opportunity for all of us. This is beautiful."

Mahasen Odeh, a District 122 teacher and a longtime mosque member, said the foundation tries to reach out to the community during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

"We're trying to inform the people about the Muslim religion and fasting. There is a big (Muslim) population that lives there," she said of the Bridgeview area.

Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset during Ramadan, which began Sept. 13 and is expected to end Oct. 12 with the sighting of the new moon.