Over the last several years, in the face of persistent anti-Muslim rhetoric and pervasive Islamophbia, we have deepened our relationship with our Muslim neighbors in New York City while also learning more about Islam in America and worldwide. We stand with our Muslim friends and they have stood with us, praying together, celebrating together, and mourning together.
Jummah Welcome at the NYU Islamic Center
The centerpiece of our program had been to stand in welcome as the community gathered at the Islamic Center at NYU for mid-day Jummah prayers on Fridays. We were there every week from January 2017 through the first week of March 2020. Imam Khalid Latif sent this beautiful message to the CBST community on the Friday after the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the fourth anniversary of our dedicated weekly vigils at the Islamic Center at NYU. Even though in-person Jummah prayers have been suspended due to COVID-19, we are still welcome to visit the Islamic Center at NYU virtually for a full schedule of learning and community-building activities with Imam Khalid Latif, Sheikh Faiyaz Jaffar, Sheikha Ieasha Prime, and Sheikh Suhaib Webb.
Participation in Rallies and Other Activities
Contingents from House of Peace have participated in rallies and actions throughout the city. We have joined our Muslim friends in interfaith Passover services and volunteered to serve Iftar dinners at the Islamic Center at NYU nearly a dozen nights during the month of Ramadan.
Email House of Peace co-chairs Harold Levine and Ira Rosenblum at HouseofPeace@cbst.org with any questions. If you're on Facebook, make sure you've "liked" and are following the CBST Facebook page. That's the best place to look for last-minute updates on House of Peace actions and activities.
The Personal Impact of House of Peace
- "Having had little contact with Muslims prior to our initiatives, I am especially moved by our personal interactions. Friday afternoon has become a meaningful ritual for me." --Susan Meyer
- "When I first joined the efforts of The House of Peace, I thought I'd bring a show of support to our Muslim friends and, by doing so, give them a positive feeling that they are not alone. After participating for several weeks in this effort and seeing the tears in their eyes, the smiles on their faces and feeling the warmth of their hugs, it is I who has benefited significantly by this mitzvah." --Gerald Goldhaber
- "Participation is a regular reminder of the urgent necessity to practice empathy. Sitting alone in my apartment leaves me feeling hopeless and helpless; joining with others strengthens me immeasurably and I hope my presence can strengthen others." --Sherry Fyman
House of Peace in the News
- The Daily Beast: LGBT Synagogue Stands Up for Muslim Rights
- The Forward: Common Ground: Jews and Muslim Join Together
- Jewish Week: Jews Gather at Rallies Urging Support for Refugees
- The Villager: LGBT Jews Show Support for Muslims
- Ha'aretz opinion piece by Rabbi Kleinbaum: Neither Trump nor Terror Will Break Our Jewish-Muslim Solidarity
Learning Resources: Print and online resources to help the CBST community better understand Islam and the relations between Muslims and Jews, both historic and contemporary:
- An Introduction to Islam for Jews, Reuven Firestone, PhD
- How to Pray: A Step-by-Step Guide to Prayer in Islam, Mustafa Umar.
- How to Be A Perfect Stranger, Stuart M. Matlins, Arthur J. Magida
- No God but God, Reza Aslan
- Prayspace: A smartphone app that guides you through Muslim prayers with transliterations, translations, audio, and demonstrations of the choreography of Muslim prayer.