Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

A Joyful Noise

I sing to make a joyful noise.

In the face of an uncertain New Year, with tensions high across ethnic and religious divides, National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) has entered into an exciting new partnership with Museum of Jewish Heritage and to encourage the long-standing ties of brotherhood between all men of good will.

Tony Perry, left, Magda Fishman, Elmore James during the Soul to Soul concert. Courtesy of National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

‘Spread Hummus, Not Hate’ Campaign Unites Muslims, Jews

10/14/2014 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (RNS) A small band of Jews and Muslims marched through one of the city’s busiest squares Tuesday (Oct. 14) shouting “Spread Hummus! Not Hate!” and trying to draw the attention of an otherwise blase group of workers lined up at food trucks.
Many in the lunchtime crowd kept their earbuds firmly in their ears or continued chatting with their co-workers. But a few people joined in to sing “Salaam, Shalom,” a tune with the words for peace in Arabic and Hebrew, or to pen a comment on the side of the “#SpreadHummusNotHate” bus.

Jewish-Muslim Bonds Deepening

11/12/2013 - 19:00
Editorial

An interfaith initiative that bordered on the quixotic when it began five years ago — pairing synagogues and mosques for weekend-long programs that feature theological dialogue and cultural exchanges — has already grown into a symbol of how it is possible to cross religious barriers.

Working Together In Face Of War, Sandy

Focused on feeding the hungry, Jews, Muslims continue dialogue despite conflict in the Mideast.
11/19/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

As Jews and Muslims battled each other in the Mideast, some of their co-religionists in the United States came together Sunday to prepare food for hungry Americans, salvage the homes of hurricane victims and discuss how both faiths command members to help the needy.

Some differed, though, on whether events in the Mideast had hampered turnout for those activities and, more fundamentally, on whether any link can be drawn between the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and dialogue efforts in this country.

Jewish and Muslim volunteers prepare packages of food at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on the Upper West Side. Photos by Tatyana R
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