2009-11-11 / Local News

Twinning Weekend planned Nov. 13-15

A first for the Buffalo area, seven local mosques and synagogues will participate in a Twinning Weekend, Nov. 13-15, to foster interfaith dialogue and joint community service for the western New York region.

The theme of the local Twinning program is “Shared Roots, Shared Responsibilities.” Consistent with the purpose of the Twinning Weekend, one event to take place is a health fair in which Muslim and Jewish physicians and dentists will offer talks and information, setting an example for other local Jews and Muslims to work together on efforts to benefit congregations and the WNY community.

Last year, 50 mosques and 50 synagogues across North America participated. This year, approximately 100 mosques and 100 synagogues will participate across North America and Europe.

Dr. Othman Shibly and Dr. Rob Stall have been working to bring the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding Mosque-Synagogue Twinning weekend to WNY after having heard about the concept, and its inception just last year, while attending the Islamic Society of North America annual convention in Washington, D.C. this past July.

The weekend is dedicated to the vision and memories of Cantor Susan Wehle and Aasiya Hassan.

The weekend includes services and sermons, including “Shared Roots” which will be presented by imams and rabbis, who will discuss the common heritage of Jew and Muslims and how to work together, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Temple Beth Am, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Amherst.

Also planned: 2-4 p.m. Nov. 15, Alzheimer’s Association of WNY will hold an Interfaith Remembrance Service at Brothers of Mercy Chapel, Clarence. And from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15, a concert, “An Evening With the Cantors,” will be held at Temple Beth Zedek, 621 Getzville Road, Amherst. Cost is $18 per person.

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