08/19/2010 17:30

Iftar in the Synagogue 2010 - "Know Thy Neighbor"

The Jewish Muslim Community Building Initiative (JMCBI) and Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation invite Muslim and Jewish community members to Iftar in the Synagogue 2010 - Know Thy Neighbor.

Iftar in the Synagogue is a unique interfaith gathering during the Islamic holy month of Ramadhan and the Jewish month of Elul. A member of our planning committee, Jay Frank, is excited for this event , as it gives him “a great chance to learn and share” with a new group of people. Come share this experience with us as we eat, pray, discuss, and schmooze!

The month of Ramadhan begins on Aug. 12, 2010 during which time Muslims fast from dawn to sunset every day for a month and then break the fast each day with a meal called Iftar. The month of Elul, which coincides with the month of Ramadhan, is a time of repentance in preparation for the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur for the Jewish community.

The Torah commands us to “love thy neighbor,” and the Quran reminds us that “We created you…and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other” Surah Hujurat 49:13. Throughout the night we will be reflecting on the theme, “Know Thy Neighbor.”


5:30 pm - Community service activity 
6:30 - Program begins

  • Opening Remarks (Rabbi Asher Lopatin)
  • Remarks from participating Imam and Rabbi
  • Jewish Evening Prayer
  • Muslim Break of Fast & Prayer Maghrib Salat
  • Communal Dinner (Kosher), Film and Discussion
  • Program concludes (9:00 pm)

Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel Congregation
540 W. Melrose Street
Chicago, IL 60657

Co-sponsored by the Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative (JMCBI), Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), Council for Advancement of Muslim Professionals (CAMP), Muslim Women's Alliance and One Chicago, One Nation


This event is free! Please RSVP here. Feel free to share this event with your friends on Facebook.

If your business is interested in sponsoring this event, please contact jmcbi@jcua.org