JEWISH AND MUSLIM TEENS IN SOUTH FLORIDA HELP THE HOMELESS WITH OPERATION “HOPE TOTE”

hope totes picJEWISH AND MUSLIM TEENS IN SOUTH FLORIDA HELP THE HOMELESS WITH OPERATION “HOPE TOTE”

On Sunday, November 18, 2012 at 2:30pm the youth groups at *Temple Beth Orr in Coral Springs hosted Muslim teens from nearby Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen (MJAM) to contribute to the welfare of the community by running Operation “Hope Tote.” The teens met together at Temple Beth Orr to assemble the Hope Totes; bags which they delivered the following weekend to homeless people in downtown Fort Lauderdale in
conjunction with Project Downtown.

This is the second year that the youth groups from Temple Beth Orr and Masjid Jamaat Al-Mumineen met for a for a social service activity. The joint youth project is an outgrowth of
the Peaceful Pairing interfaith dialogue group, which is under the auspices of JAM &
All, a nonprofit organization of Jews and Muslims, Christians and
Buddhists and others dedicated to creating interfaith harmony and
understanding through education and social interaction. For the past two
years, members of Temple Beth Orr and MJAM have been meeting monthly for
interfaith dialogue, alternating their places of worship for the sessions.

In addition, the date of this year’s event was timed to coincide with the Broward
Jewish Community Tikkun Olam Day on November 18 and with the national
Weekend of Twinning on November 16-18, 2012 organized by The Foundation for
Ethnic Understanding.
The Hope Tote bags were filled with items such as soap, shampoo, a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, lip balm, a disposable razor, lotion, tissues, socks and underwear; products to help people who are presently homeless to meet basic human needs. Members of the two congregations and the general public were invited to support the effort by contributing items to fill the Hope Totes.

For further information on the youth service project or the JAM & All
interfaith dialogue groups in Broward and Palm Beach counties, please
call Sophia Deen at 954 600-6848 or Fran Kraft at 954 752-4769.

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