Jewish-Muslim relations

Messianic San Bernardino Victim Was ‘Gentile’ Supporter Of Israel, The Jewish People

12/06/2015 - 19:00

While America puzzles over the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, many American Jews are puzzling over an additional element: the religious identity of victim Nicholas Thalasinos.

Nicholas Thalasinos renewing his marital vows with his wife at a Jewish-style ceremony, 2013. JTA

French Rabbi Hits The Road To Build Jewish-Muslim Ties

07/05/2015 - 20:00

La Courneuve, France - Drivers slow down to stare at the tall figure in a black bowler hat and snow-white beard. “Just the other day, I was called a dirty Jew,” Michel Serfaty is telling a Muslim man. “Now, you’re going to say it isn’t so.”

Rabbi Michel Serfaty speaks to Muslim men outside UOIF headquarters. RNS

Push To Muslims Could Face Headwinds

In wake of Pew study, outreach effort seen as ‘the great challenge of the 21st century.’

05/19/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

With the Muslim population of America more than doubling in the last seven years, according to the recently released Pew Research Center survey, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” the Jewish community appears poised to ramp up its outreach to Muslims.

The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom brings together Muslim and Jewish women. Courtesy of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom

Muslim Bridge Builder Takes Post At JTS

Yasin Meral, assistant professor of history of religions at Ankara University, is the seminary's first visiting Muslim scholar.

10/27/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Jewish Theological Seminary last week appointed its first Muslim visiting scholar. Yasin Meral, assistant professor of history of religions at Ankara University, will conduct post-doctoral research at JTS this year. Meral, whose Ph.D. dissertation was on “Islam and Muslims in the Writings of Maimonides,” has done post-doctoral work on end-times issues in the Jewish and Islamic traditions. The Jewish Week interviewed him by email. This is an edited transcript.

Yasin Meral, scholar from Turkey, brings rich history of ties with Jews to his work this year at JTS.

Breaking Bread As Gaza Looms

As Jewish-Muslim tensions rise in Brooklyn, two communities try dinner, and tolerance.

07/29/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Within days of the June 12 abduction of the three Israeli yeshiva students, Nourhan Elbassiony’s Facebook feed began to change. By the time the boys’ bodies were discovered two weeks later and a Palestinian was burned alive in an apparent revenge attack, the Sheepshead Bay college student’s social media feed had become a battlefield of its own.

N.Y. Rabbis Pull Out of Muslim-Jewish Twinning Project

11/14/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Two rabbis in western New York have pulled out of a Muslim-Jewish outreach effort, charging that the national sponsor is involved in Islamic fundamentalism.

The "twinning" project, which has been held each November since 2008, is a project of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in cooperation with the Islamic Society of North America.

The ISNA was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation terrorist financing case.

Jewish-Muslim Friendship Bus: Preaching Coexistence In France

06/28/2010 - 20:00

Another summer, another chance to take Jewish-Islamic dialogue on the road in France.

This time, the road is Route E 54, headed southeast from Paris toward Besancon.

A unique experiment in interfaith dialogue recently pulled into the city in eastern France with its message of trust and tolerance.

The Jewish-Muslim Friendship Bus, a five-year-old project of a French Jewish-Muslim Friendship group known as AJMF, travels the country each summer, preaching coexistence to members of the religious communities that have been riven by violence and hatred in recent years.

Photo By Sue Fishkoff/JTA
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