The Weekend of Twinning is an annual event held every November spearheaded by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding during which, thousands of Muslims and Jews link up in scores of cities in more than 30 countries around the world to hold joint events. Mosques and synagogues, Muslim and Jewish student groups, young leadership bodies and women’s organizations ‘twin’ with each other in cities around the world and hold encouncters focused on celebrating commonalities in our two faith traditions, standing together against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism and performing acts of social service together in recognition of the common moral imperative in both Islam and Judaism to help those most in need. FFEU helps to coordinate and facilitate many of these events. Participation in the Weekend of Twinning allows grass roots Jews and Muslims around the world to meet, learn from each other and to form personal friendships. Join the movement and contact us to find out more about events in your city or for assistance in organizing your own Twinning event!
Northern New Jersey Wednesday and Friday, November 5 and 7, Dr. Ali Chaudry, President of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, and Rabbi Deb Smith, Congregation Or Ha Lev in Mt. Arlington, spoke at the Islamic Center of Morris County and Congregation Or Ha Lev on "The Centrality of the Concept of Peace in Islam and Judaism."
Manchester, UK Saturday,November 8 A concert extravaganza organized by the Muslim-Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester featuring Rumi's Circle, The Ukrainian Dancers and L'Chaim Kapele.
Houston, TX Sunday, November 9, Muslim and Jewish doctors, dentists and medical personnel affiliated with the Ibn Sina Foundation and Temple Brith Shalom offered free health screenings and consultations to people in without health insurance.
Denver, November 9 and 16 On Sunday, November 9, a group of Jewish and Muslim leaders held their second meeting to build relationships and work toward the creation of a Muslim-Jewish Leadership Coalition in the Denver Area. On Sunday, November 16,Muslims and Jews gathered under the auspices of the Abrahamic Initiative for a special concert: "Glorious Noise: Interfaith Harmony."
Indonesia November 11-November 16, Rabbi Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali toured Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country with stops in Jakarta, Jogjakarta and Bali to promote their recently published book Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation About the Issues that Divide and Unite Muslims and Jews.
Singapore Monday, November 17, Rabbi Schneier and Imam Ali were feature speakers at "The Commitment to Peace: A Dialogue on Jews and Muslims", and event co- sponsored by Chabad and the National University of Singapore, Department of Malay Studies. Singapore; a small island nation known for its espousal of religious freedom and diversity.
Rabat, Morocco November 12-13, FFEU Director of Operations Tamar Schneck and FFEU European Coordinator Samia Hathroubi participated in a Jewish-Muslim-Christian women's conference under the patronage of King Mohammed II entitled "Women at the Heart of Monotheism."
Albany, NY Thursday,November 13 FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program Director Walter Ruby spoke at a forum for leaders of the Muslim, Jewish and African American communities in the Capital District at the New School of Business, University of Albany. The Forum also featured Lawrence Rosenbaum and Reyad Mahmoud of Albany, who recently launched a kosher-halal cheese-making business.
Bay Area, CA Saturday, November 15 Temple Shir Hadash in Los Gatos hosted a Muslim-Jewish Women's Twinning event after Shabbat services. Muslim, Jewish and Christian women held a public dialogue based on The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, a Jew: Three Women Search for Understanding. With the participation of Shir Hadash Senior Rabbi Melanie Aaron and Maha Elgenaidi of Islamic Networks Group.
Los Angeles Sunday, November 16 at Pico Union Project. Claremont Lincoln University and ReGeneration co-sponsored "Together in the City of Angels; A Musical Celebration of Muslim-Jewish Unity" in honor of the Southern California Muslim-Jewish Forum. Among the renowned musical performers at the concert were Riad Abu-Gawad, Cantor Mike Stein, Aryell Cohen, Ben Youcef, Hillel Tigay and Judeo and Merima Kljcuo. Other LA events included food packing for the hungry at Wilshire Boulevard Temple with the Islamic Society of Southern California on November 9, and a Muslim-Jewish story telling event organized by NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change on Saturday evening November 15.
Detroit Sunday,November 16, Muslim and Jewish activists from around the Detroit area participated ina cleanup of an empty lot at 2266 Andres Ave as part of an ongoing Muslim-Jewish effort to revitalize Detroit.
Manhattan, NY, Sunday, November 16 A wide spectrum of Muslim and Jewish activists brought together by FFEU and Muslims Against Hunger gathered at Columbia University to prepare food for hungry and homeless people. They then moved to the JCC in Manhattanfor the grassroots and young leadership launch of the New York Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee (NYC-MJSC).
Jerusalem Sunday, November 16 The Circle of Light and Hope, an Israeli-Palestinian discussion group including Jews from Jerusalem, brought together Christians from Beit Jala and Muslims from Hebron to discuss the interface between religion and politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Circle of Light and Hope is one of 29 interfaith groups across Israel and the West Bank under the aegis of the Interfaith Encounter Association.
Toronto Sunday, November 16 Reception at Hart House at the University of Toronto forlaunch of Beyond Calligraphy: Jewish and Muslim Artists Explore Texts and Contexts. The exhibit explores how texts and contexts inform the relationship that Toronto-based Muslim and Jewish artists have with their work. The event was sponsored by the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims together with the University of Toronto and Dr. Shari Golberg.
London Thursday,November 20, 7 PM Rabbi Maurice Michaels and Dr. Dorab Mistry participated in a panel discussion on the efficacy of Interfaith Dialogue sponsored by the Barnet Borough Multi-Faith Forum at the Hendon Town Hall
Washington DC, Sunday,November 23 The Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, sponsored a Summit of Washington Area Imams and Rabbis at the Washington Hebrew Congregation to convince clergy and congregants at Washington area mosques and synagogues to give a higher priority to strengthening Muslim-Jewish relations
Queens, NY Sunday, November 23 Volunteers from the Muslim community joined Jewish volunteers in packing food for distribution to homeless and hungry Queens residents on Thanksgiving
Abuja, Nigeria, December 5-7 Rabbi Israel Uzan of Chabad-Lubavtich, together with FFEU, convened the first Weekend of Twinning in Nigeria with the aim of bringing together top leaders of Nigeria's frequently antagonistic Muslim and Christian communities for a summitto demonstrate to the larger Nigerian population that peaceful interfaith relations are possible.
Tunis Sunday, December 7 Award-winning film director Karim Miske screened his new documentary film Jews and Muslims, so close, so far and lead a discussion of present-day Muslim-Jewish relations in North Africa.Co-sponsored by the French Embassy to Tunisia and the Tunisian Association for the Protection of Minorities.
Chicago Sunday,December 5-7 A series of Muslim-Jewish events, including a twinning event between Temple Am Shalom in Glencoe and the Islamic Cultural Center of Greater Chicago in Northbrook; and a Feeding the Hungry effort featuring Congregation Beth Shalom of Naperville and Muslims Against Hunger, Chicago branch.
Paris Sunday December 14 Weekend of Twinning celebration featuring Will Eastman, FFEU executive Director, and Suhail Khan, Fromer White House liaison to Asian-American communities, in conversation with French imams and rabbis. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy to Paris
Bronx, NY December 17 and 19 Rabbi Linda Shriner-Cahn and the Congregation Tehillah Youth Group hosted Sheikh Moussa Drammeh and a youth group from the Islamic Cultural Center of North America (ICCNA) in Parkchester, The Bronx. Following this, Sheikh Drammeh and his youth group hosted Rabbi Shriner Cahn and a youth delegation from Kehilla at ICCNA, together with Muslim and Jewish leaders from around New York at a reception following the Jum'aa (Midday) prayers
Los Angeles December 25 reGeneration and the SoCal Muslim-Jewish Forum prepared and delivered food to the hungry on Christmas Day in order to make this holiday a day of service.