Events at the Vilna Shul

Postponed—- Who We Want to Be: Fostering Jewish-Muslim Connections for a Brighter Future

Sunday, November 17, 2013, 10:59 am

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Contact: Jessica Antoline: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

This free event welcomes young adults, congregations and all interested individuals to a day of intercultural collaboration at the Vilna Shul.
Come and connect with organizations and community leaders who are committed to building relationships between Jews and Muslims. It's a chance to hear practical and inspirational examples of how engagement works on the ground, join together in a sustainable service project, and explore the creative organizations that are working to improve relationships between our communities in the arts, sciences, and spirituality.
11:00-12:30pm – Opening Welcome, Speakers Round I
12:30-1:30pm – Lunch and Organizational Fair
1:30-2:30pm – Speakers Round II
2:30-3:00pm – Response and Discussion Session
3:00-5:00pm – Public Service Project at the Amal House, Roxbury


Our Guests Include:

Sara Y. Aharon, Author of From Kabul to Queens: The Jews of Afghanistan and Their Move to the United States.

Malika Rushdan, Director of the ICNA Relief Boston Field Office and national Director of ICNA Relief USA’s Shelter Network.

Georgi J. Vogel Rosen, Director of Development at the Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) and second year student at the Northeastern University School of Law.

Imam Suhaib Webb, Contemporary American Muslim Imam, thought leader and educator. After his conversion to Islam, Webb left a career in the music industry and pursued his passion in education.

As well as representatives from: The Peace Corps, Berlitz Study Abroad, AmeriCorps and the Pluralism Project at Harvard University, and Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries, and more.




"Who We Want to Be" is co-sponsored by the Islamic Society of Boston and developed in partnership with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding’s annual Weekend of Twinning.

The Weekend of Twinning is an initiative formed in cooperation with the World Jewish Congress and the Islamic Society of North America.  It encourages Mosques and Synagogues, Imams and Rabbis, as well as Muslim and Jewish students, young leadership and women’s groups in cities across North America and around the world to hold joint programs on the same weekend with the goal of building ties of communication, reconciliation, and cooperation between Muslims and Jews.

The Weekend of Twinning’s theme this year is “Muslims and Jews Standing Up for the Other.”

$5 validated parking is available across the street from the Vilna at the Charles River Parking Garage underground at 209 Cambridge Street next to the Au Bon Pain. Please validate your green parking ticket at the Vilna when you arrive. The Vilna is also easily reached on the MBTA. Take the Red Line to Charles/MGH.