Traditional Moroccan Festival Uniting Jews, Muslims At Close Of Passover Comes to Somerville

March 31, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Wicked Local Somerville

Prism and the American Islamic Congress are partnering to create a multicultural evening of music, art, dance and food based on the North African tradition of Mimouna, in which Moroccan Jews mark the end of Passover by celebrating with their Muslim neighbors. Prism and the AIC are non-religious organizations created to raise awareness of Jewish and Muslim cultures, respectively.

“By working together with the American Islamic Congress, we hope to create a unique interfaith cultural event that will bring together Jews, Muslims and members of the broader community to celebrate their common cultural heritage, just as it was in the original Mimouna festivals,” said Francine Achbar, executive director of the New Center for Arts and Culture. “We are excited by our partnership with the American Islamic Congress and hope to make this an important and enjoyable tradition in the Boston area for many years to come.”