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Muslims, Jews and Friendship:
Seeing Through the Eyes of ‘The Other’
American Rabbi and German Imam Share their Journey of Sisterhood, Self-Discovery and Spiritual Faith
Co-Sponsored by St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Ridgewood and the Muslim Society of Ridgewood
They embrace different religious traditions, grew up in different cultures and live on opposite sides of the ocean. Who would have expected they would become friends? But Rabbi Gloria S. Rubin and Imam/Shaykha Halima Krausen were determined to overcome the obstacles—some easy to identify, others far more subtle. How we all can expand the personal and cultural lens through which we see the world to evolve a shared view of humanity will be the theme of this remarkable conversation.
Rabbi Rubin, a retired pulpit rabbi and Temple Israel congregant, and Imam Krausen, spiritual leader of the German-speaking Muslim community in Hamburg, Germany, first met in 1995 at an interfaith gathering in Bendorf, Germany. They haven’t stopped talking since—about family, beliefs, community—and are now the co-authors of Unlikely Friends, a book about their discovery of a kindred spirit in one another, currently making the rounds of literary agents and publishing houses.
The dialogue will follow regular Saturday morning worship at Temple Israel. Photography is prohibited.
All Are Welcome, Admission Free
Temple Israel & JCC is a traditional, egalitarian Conservative congregation serving Ridgewood and vicinity