March, 2014

Inter-Faith Program Brings Jewish and Muslim Youth Together to Study, Plant and Eat!

Seeds, Sprouts and Scriptures-The Jewish:Muslim Planting Project

On Sunday March 9, 2014, more than 30 Jewish and Muslim youth between the ages of 15-30 will gather at the Multi-Faith Centre at the University of Toronto for Seeds, Sprouts and Scriptures: The Jewish: Muslim Planting Project. The 2nd  Annual event provides an opportunity for young people in both Muslim and Jewish communities to connect with their roots by planting seedlings and exploring religious texts dealing with the hunger and poverty.

This year’s event is a collaborative project organized by Shema & Iqra’: The Jewish -Muslim Text Project, Shoresh: Jewish Environmental Programs, Muslim Association of Canada (MAC), University of Toronto Multi-faith Centre, Hillel of Greater TorontoMuslim Student Association, Khaleafa, Noor Cultural Centre, Holy Blossom Temple, Mazon Canada, Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims(CAJM) and Carrot Cache.

WHEN:   Sunday March 9, 2014 Time: 11:00 AM- 3:00 PM
WHERE  Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Avenue, Toronto Ontario.

Registration: Space is limited. To register, visit

For more information contact: Sabrina Malach, Director of Community Outreach, Shoresh Jewish Environmental Programs, / 416-805-8382

Knowledge, Wisdom, Life, Love, Peace


6th Annual Muslim-Jewish Weekend of Twinning November 15-17, 2013


Dear Friends,

The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims (CAJM) invite your congregation or organization to participate in the upcoming 6th Annual Muslim-Jewish Weekend of Twinning, set for November 15-17, 2013.

The Weekend of Twinning is an annual event held every November that is based on synagogues and mosques and Jewish and Muslim organizations in cities across North America, Europe, and around the world forming one-on-one partnerships and holding joint programs together on the same weekend. The event is sponsored by FFEU, a New York based not-for-profit organization focused on strengthening Muslim-Jewish relations around the world.

CAJM has been the Canadian partner of FFEU since the inception of this initiative in 2008. This year CAJM celebrates the 6th year of programs ranging from shared celebrations and educational programs about our faiths, addressing community concerns such as poverty, domestic violence and organ donations, speaking out as allies when faced with Islamophobic or anti-Semitic incidents. Our goal is to build meaningful, respectful relationships between our communities in Canada.

We like to say that the Weekend of Twinning is the largest ‘gathering’ of Muslims and Jews anywhere in the world, even though it happens in many locations at once. More than 130 mosques and Muslim organizations and 130 synagogues and Jewish organizations took part in the 5th Annual Weekend of Twinning held during November, 2012, involving thousands of Jews and Muslims residing in 26 countries on 4 continents. Most 2013 Weekend of Twinning events around the world will be held November 15-17, but those who are unable to hold their events that weekend due to scheduling issues are free to hold them on other dates during November or December, 2013.

The purpose of the Weekend of Twinning is to nurture ties of communication, reconciliation and cooperation between grass roots Muslims and Jews in countries around the world. In Canada, there has been strong involvement in the Weekend of Twinning from mosques and synagogues in Greater Toronto, but only minimal involvement in the rest of the country. We therefore appeal to Muslims and Jews throughout Canada to become engaged in this ongoing effort to get Muslims and Jews talking to and working with each other, which we believe is in the interest of both the Muslim and Jewish communities and of the larger Canadian society in which our two communities live side by side.

If your congregation or organization would like to take part in the Weekend of Twinning but needs help in reaching out to a congregation or organization in your city in the other faith community, we can help you to make that connection.
Each twinned mosque and synagogue or Muslim or Jewish organization participating in the Weekend of Twinning plans its own program based on what works best for both communities. FFEU and CAJM act as a facilitators and provide resource materials (films, written material, etc.), to help mosques, synagogues and organizations to plan a successful event that will stimulate them to keep working together on an ongoing basis.

Many twinned congregations and communities hold Weekend of Twinning programs focusing on exploring and celebrating commonalities in our two faith traditions. Some congregation also choose to undertake social action projects such as feeding the hungry or visiting the sick (click here for link to a blog of some of the worldwide events that took place during the Weekend of Twinning 2011 and 2012).

The theme of the 6th Annual Weekend of Twinning is Standing Up for the Other. The idea is that while dialogue is an essential first step in building friendship and trust, we urge members of our far-flung our twinning communities to begin moving beyond dialogue and commit to being there for members of the other community when they are hurting and in need. In conjunction with this effort, FFEU and Unity Productions Foundation have produced 15 minute film on the theme of Muslims and Jews Standing Up for the Other, which will be made available to participants of the Weekend of Twinning.

Again, you may choose to do the Muslims and Jews Standing Up for the Other program during the Weekend of Twinning or a program on another topic that best fits the needs of your community. FFEU and CAJM will work with you in the coming weeks in any way that we can to help to make your twinning program a success.

Please circulate this invitation to all Muslim and Jewish institutions so that they can get involved and participate in this initiative. We very much look forward to being in touch. Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.

Salaam and Shalom,

Walter Ruby
Muslim-Jewish Program Director
Foundation for Ethnic Understanding

Shahid Akhtar and Barbara Landau
Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims

Taking the challenge to interfaith unity, by Michael Swan

Taking the challenge to interfaith unity, by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register — “Each faith you believe in teaches that you treat other people as you want to be treated,” said at the Toronto’s North American Interfaith Network (NAIN) Conference, Shahid Akhtar, the founder and director of Conciliators Without Borders.