June Dialogue and Iftar

On Sunday, June 4th, the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington (JIDS) together with Operation Understanding DC (OUDC) will be sponsoring what promises to be a truly fascinating dialogue.   At the request of our host venue, Masjid Muhammad (1519 Islamic Way, 4th St., NW., Washington, D.C. 20001), the event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will continue until the Iftar (breaking of the fast) at roughly 8:30 p.m. The dialogue and Iftar are open to the public and free of charge, but we do ask that you RSVP by sending an e-mail to creedroom@danielspiro.com.  JIDS wishes to thank Masjid Muhammad for agreeing to host this very special event.

The topic for the dialogue is “God Wrestling among the Family of Abraham.” We will be hearing short presentations from JIDS members as well as some of the high school students who participate in the OUDC program.  The presentations will focus on how each speaker conceives of God and how s/he came to have that understanding.  During that portion of the session, we will hear multiple presentations from each of the three faiths in the House of Abraham. These presentations will be followed by a brief Q&A in which members of the audience can react to what they’ve heard. And that in turn will be followed by mediated small group discussions intended to further explore the meaning of divinity and the diverse ways in which it has been understood within the Abrahamic traditions or challenged in contemporary secular society, with a specific focus on the role religion and spirituality plays in social justice, racial equity, and environmental justice.

OUDC recruits African-American and Jewish high school juniors from throughout the DC area who excel in terms of leadership potential, inquisitiveness, maturity, commitment to the community, and communication skills.  For more information about OUDC, you can go to their website, http://oudc.org/.