Detroit: Reflections on shooting hoops, forming friendships, and Muslims and Jews healing Detroit.

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Fellow Jewish and Muslim Detroiters came together last Saturday,
November 17th, for a friendly game of basketball.  Teams were mixed
while we had a series of pickup games at the HYPE Recreation Center in
Dearborn Heights, Michigan.  At the same time, players stood on the
sidelines introducing themselves and exchanging business cards.  After
about 6 games, the players went to the cafeteria for a snack and
talked about way to better help Detroit.

One individual, Salman Ali, spoke of a new organization called iCAN
(Indus Community Action Network), and their ongoing effort of
rebuilding homes in Detroit.  He offered that this would be great way
to bring the two communities together in the future.  The group is now
planning to meet early next year to help with this project.

“What else is something that brings everyone together in an informal
way where everyone is an equal?,” Said Detroiter Justin Jacbos, who
founded the sports league organization Come Play Detroit.  “We wanted
to show that while we are all tied to our backgrounds, we all have our
own interest and we’re all passionate about Detroit.”

 

Check out the press on this great event: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121117/METRO01/211170372/1361/Young-Jewish–Muslim-professionals-team-up-to-better-Detroit

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