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JIDS’s Shared Commitment to Stand Together

Now that the hostage situation has ended, JIDS expresses its relief and gratitude that no innocent person was harmed at Congregation Beth Israel of Colleyville, TX. May innocents continue to be sheltered beneath Shekhinah’s wings/the loving embrace of Allah.

JIDS holds in prayers all of those whose trauma response was evoked by this news, whether in Pittsburgh, Escondido, Poway, Dar Al-Farooq, and, sadly, in so many other places as well. May we be grounded and may we find comfort in caring for ourselves, and each other.

May solidarity and compassion prevail and may we not let fear make way for Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and hate.

As we observe the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. we are reminded that while we have achieved a great deal, much remains to be done. The event at Congregation Beth Israel illustrates what we already knew — that plenty of Jews and Muslims do consider each other to be “the enemy” — and eradicating that attitude root and branch is one of the reasons we exist as an organization. We cannot let hate divide us or deter us in our mission to support each other as the cousins we are as we continue to remove barriers to full human potential. Only when we see each other as one of the faces of the One will we be able to truly fulfill the vision of those whose wisdom has sustained us over the centuries. We cannot allow the forces of hate to distract us from our commitment to each other.

As we make our way into this week ahead, we pray, as ever, for peace. And we pray for the strength, vulnerability, connection and yearning to fuel our loving action as partners in its creation. May solidarity and compassion prevail and may we not let fear make way for anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or any other form of hate.

(Adapted in part from a statement written by Keshira HaLev Fife)

JIDS Next Program:

Modern Muslims and Jewish Thinkers Who Have Inspired Us, February 9, 2022 @ 7:00 PM on Zoom

This is our annual winter collaboration with the Rumi Forum.  In order to RSVP and read the flyer for the event, please click on this link:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/panel-discussion-modern-muslim-and-jewish-thinkers-who-have-inspired-us-tickets-238428113907

While anti-Semites and Islamophobes often speak as if our faiths have been frozen in ice (and primitive thinking) for centuries, the fact is that Jews and Muslims belong to living, breathing, stimulating faiths. Our Feb. 9th dialogue presents some of the exciting ideas and personalities that have emerged within the past century to enrich our faiths.   We’ll hear presentations about two modern Jewish thinkers: Rami Shapiro, who has brought a passion for various eastern faiths into his study of Judaism; and Menachem Mendel Schneerson (aka the Lubavitcher Rebbe), whose ideas sparked the rapidly growing Chabad Movement within Judaism. We will also hear presentations about two modern Muslim thinkers: Said Nursi, whose commentary of the Qur’an inspired a renewed way of engaging with the modern age; and Muhammad Iqbal, who had a remarkable impact on the intellectual and cultural reconstruction of Islam in British India and beyond.

These presentations will be given, respectively, by four scholars: Herb Levy, Rabbi Lee Weissman, Dr. Zeki Saritoprak, and Dr. Marcia Hermansen. Each of them is profiled in the link provided above.

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