woensdag 25 januari 2012

Joden en Moslims bidden samen onder een dak

De media en sommige politieke partijen willen ons doen geloven dat Joden en Moslims elkaar haten. Dat is niet waar. De radicale fracties zullen dat ongetwijfeld wel doen, maar binnen de mainstream gaan Joden en moslims normaal met elkaar om, dat geldt in Nederland, Israël en de Verenigde Staten.

Near the corner of Westchester Avenue and Pugsley Street in Parkchester, just off the elevated tracks of the No. 6 train, Yaakov Wayne Baumann stood outside a graffiti-covered storefront on a chilly Saturday morning. Suited up in a black overcoat with a matching wide-brimmed black fedora, the thickly bearded 42-year-old chatted with elderly congregants as they entered the building for Shabbat service.

The only unusual detail: This synagogue is a mosque.
Or rather, it’s housed inside a mosque. That’s right: Members of the Chabad of East Bronx, an ultra-Orthodox synagogue, worship in the Islamic Cultural Center of North America, which is home to the Al-Iman mosque.

“People have a misconception that Muslims hate Jews,” said Baumann. “But here is an example of them working with us.”

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