09 November 2010
In cooperation with the World Jewish Congress (WJC) and the Islamic Society of North America, the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) has held the third edition of the Weekend of Twinning of mosques and synagogues. This year's events involved more than 200 mosques, synagogues, communal and student groups in over 20 countries world-wide. Muslim and Jewish students and young leadership groups were invited to form partnerships and joint programs together, with the goal of building communication ties, reconciliation and cooperation between the two religions.
"I am proud to see so many join in on the Weekend of Twinning rather than joining in the chorus of unacceptance choosing instead to confront Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and bigotry head-on," FFEU President and WJC Vice-President Rabbi Marc Schneier told the Israeli newspaper 'Haaretz', adding that the event "has time and time again shown us that Jews and Muslims can not only live together peacefully as neighbors, but also partner together to build a better community at large."