At a time of increased Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, Muslims and Jews will be coming together in cities across America and around the world during the upcoming 6th Annual International Weekend of Twinning, November 15-17, to pledge to be there for each other if either community is victimized by hate crimes or incitement.
According to Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a New York-based not-for–profit agency that sponsors the Weekend of Twinning, “Dialogue is an important first step in building ties of communication and cooperation between Muslims and Jews, but it is not enough. Whenever Jews or Muslims are targets of bigotry anywhere in the world, members of the two communities should stand together against both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism . We must truly become our brothers and sisters keepers.”
The Weekend of Twinning is an annual event sponsored by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (www.ffeu.org) and held every November and December. It is based on synagogues and mosques and Jewish and Muslim organizations in cities across North America, Europe and around the world forming one-on-one partnerships and holding joint programs on the same weekend. The official Weekend of Twinning is November 15-17, but kickoff events have already taken place in place in synagogues and mosques across France as well as in Wellington, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia, where local Muslims and Jews cooked and distributed food to people who lost their homes in recent fires near that city. Twinning events will continue until mid-December.
For more information about Weekend of Twinning events, please visit: http://www.ffeu.org/twinning.html
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