Muslim and Jewish New Yorkers will come together at Brotherhood Synagogue (28 Gramercy Park S.) on Sunday October 30 from 10-12 AM to prepare food for hungry seniors, and then will gather at a solidarity event at Dag Hammerskjold Plaza (2nd Ave between 47 and 48 Streets) from 1-3 PM, where they will vow to stand up for each other and to combat Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, no matter the result of the presidential election on November 8.
The day long Solidarity Sunday will conclude back at Brotherhood Synagogue at 7 PM for a Voices of The Sacred concert featuring the Makhelat HaShachar (Shinonome Choir) of Japan. The choir is the centerpiece of the Beit Shalom religious movement in Japan, aka The Japan Christian Friends of Israel.
The Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Sunday series of events #MuslimJewishSolidaritySunday is part of the Season of Twinning, sponsored by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), which between now and the end of 2016 will feature scores of events in more than 20 countries around the world in which Muslims and Jews come together to strengthen ties of communication and cooperation. Among the organizations co-sponsoring Solidarity Sunday in addition to FFEU are the NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, Muslims Against Hunger and Brotherhood Synagogue.
According to FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program Director Walter Ruby, “We are gratified that Muslims and Jews will be gathering on October 30 to package food for seniors in need at Brotherhood Synagogue, and then come together at Dag Hammersjkold Plaza, the site of so many important rallies over the decades on behalf of human freedom and dignity, to declare that we will stand up for each other if either community is victimized by violence or by hateful rhetoric. FFEU is proud to partner with NYCMJSC, which has done so much to build Muslim-Jewish friendship and trust in New York, in co-sponsoring this important solidarity event.”
Zamir Hassan, founder and director of Muslims Against Hunger, commented, “Millions of seniors are at risk of hunger, yet the depth of senior hunger in America is not widely understood because many seniors are too embarrassed to ask for help. That is why Muslims Against Hunger and our partners will be gathering on October 30 at Brotherhood Synagogue to prepare 10,000 healthy and nutritious meal packages for New York area seniors as part of our ongoing campaign to #EndSeniorHungerNow.”
Persons wishing to volunteer to prepare food for the hungry should register and RSVP at www.twinningweekend.org.
Robert Wolf, a board member at Brotherhood Synagogue, explained that the Voices of the Sacred concert offers a rare opportunity to see one of the world’s best ‘Jewish’ choirs, the Makhelat HaShachar (Shinonome Choir) of Japan.” Wolf noted that the members of the all-volunteer choir come from all over Japan and pay their own way for every tour they undertake.
The regular admission price for the concert is $25, but for those who volunteer for #End SeniorHungerNow, a special price of $10 will be charged.
For more information on Solidarity Sunday events, please contact:
Walter Ruby, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding firstname.lastname@example.org 917 294 1772
Michelle Koch, New York Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, email@example.com 646 898-6973
Zamir Hassan, Muslims Against Hunger firstname.lastname@example.org 917 371-2602
Robert Wolf, Brotherhood Synagogue, email@example.com 212 216 1159