US Air Force Opens Joint Jewish-Muslim Prayer Space in Germany

September 21, 2005

Source: Stars and Stripes

On September 21, 2005 Stars and Stripes reported, "Just weeks after Air Force policymakers issued guidelines limiting public prayer, officials at Ramstein Air Base threw open the doors to a unique new chapel dedicated to interfaith worship and understanding. The new Kaiserslautern Military Community Interfaith Chapel, which formally opened Tuesday, is an unusual hybrid by any religious standards: It’s the Air Force’s first designated Jewish-Muslim prayer space. The project is the fruit of seven months of work and collaboration by an unlikely pair: reserved, contemplative Chaplain (Capt.) Hamza Al-Mubarak, a Muslim imam; and outgoing, ever-smiling Chaplain (Capt.) Donald Levy, a Jewish rabbi. The two helped design the center: an airy, light-drenched building with two identical chambers, each decorated for Muslim or Jewish services. Both chaplains delivered opening prayers at the center’s dedication Tuesday."