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RSJI: Jewish-Muslim Relations

And Abraham expired and died in a good old age, old and satisfied, and he was gathered to his people. And Isaac and Ishmael his sons buried him in the Cave of Machpelah. (Gen. 25:8-10)

Group Leader: Doug Pike                                                Email for more information: piked@bellsouth.net

The Temple's RSJI Jewish-Muslim Relations group was established to continue to promote positive and mutual relationships with the Muslim communities of Atlanta. Through education and programmatic encounters, we hope to breakdown stereotypes held by both Jews and Muslims and find common ground. Please join us by emailing our chair!

Our goals are:

  • To foster relationships with individuals and clergy in the Muslim community of Atlanta for the sake of mutual understanding and support, as both religions represent minorities under threat in the United States today.
  • To raise awareness of our Temple community about issues facing the Muslim communities in our area.

How we accomplished these goals:

  • Together, the Muslim and Jewish community have hosted a number of different events, including a gathering for the teens of both communities, a series of encounters prompted by a film documenting the long (and mostly positive) history between these two communities, and a Passover seder in which our Muslim neighbors were our honored guests.
  • When the city's dignitaries hosts a public event, The Temple is proud to speak alongside our Muslim clergy and community members.
  • The women of The Temple, Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Atlanta Masjid engaged in a series of conversations about the issues that mattered most to us and offered the women a chance to be deeply heard and held by one another. 
Sun, February 23 2020 28 Sh'vat 5780