Youth Twinning Event in Washington D.C. for Teenagers and Young Adults Coordinated by the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society (JIDS)
submitted by Dan Spiro (co-founder of JIDS)
The JIDS twinning event was a great success. We met on the second floor of the Community for Creative Non Violence building in Northwest, D.C., which is a large homeless shelter. The event was held on Sunday, November 20th, from 2:00 to 5:00. At least 60 Jewish and Muslim teenagers and young adults attended, and each of the attendees brought care packages for the residents of the shelter. The speakers at the event included Rabbi David Shneyer of two Jewish communities in Maryland, Am Kolel and Kehilla Chadasha, and Imam Muhammad Abdullahi from the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring. Both of these clerics discussed the importance to their respective religions of fighting poverty and helping the homeless. The next speaker was Eric Shiptock, an advocate for the homeless, who discussed homelessness in modern America. Later on in the program, the Muslim attendees engaged in prayer, and the imam briefly discussed what it was the Muslims were saying aloud during that prayer. That was followed by the showing of a brief film about homeless families, followed by small group discussions regarding homelessness. The event attended with the performance of a few Jewish prayers that were sang by Hannah Spiro, a young, local Jewish singer-songwriter.