More than 100 Muslims and Jews from across Greater Detroit took part in a Muslims and Jews We Refuse to Be Enemies event at the Student Center at Wayne State University on Thursday evening November 19.
The unity event feature speeches by WSU President M. Roy Wilson, FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program DireImam Mohamed Mardini and Rabbi Norm Roman, two of the pioneers in building relations in Greater Detroit over the past 30 years.
The event included remarks by leaders of the Jewish, Muslim and Arab student groups at WSU and an awards ceremony for Muslim and Jewish high school students who wrote essays and did art work celebrating diversity and Muslims-Jewish friendship.
After a poignant and moving Moment of Silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Israel and elsewhere, the event took on a festive, joyful and boundary crossing flavor with Muslim and Jewish participants doing a hora together to music performed by the Kidz Klezmer Group of Greater Detroit, and rapping along with Muslim hip hop performer Omar Aburashed.
In addition to FFEU and GDMJSC, the event was co-sponsored by Ameinu Detroit, Michigan Muslim Community Council, Jewish Community Relations Council, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Congregation T’chiya, Islamic Organization of North America, Interfaith Leadership Council of Metro Detroit and others.
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