After a long hiatus of being together following Ramadan, the Sisters in Spirit have planned two events for CRT and the Turkish Cultural Center Women:
Saturday, October 25th, 9:30 AM to 12 PM – Volunteering at the Greater Boston Food Bank
The first 3-4 women who offer to volunteer will work with an equal number of Turkish women in order to help with food distribution to families in need. Please RSVP to Jill Silverstein at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, November 2nd, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – How Do We Value Sacrifice for the Greater Good?
In both the Jewish and Muslim traditions, what is our understanding of “sacrifice?” How do we think about sacrifice and act on it so that others are cared for, protected, or even put first? Passages from our sacred books will be used to generate discussion about the meaning and value of sacrifice. As usual, we will enjoy afternoon snacks from participants that come from our religious backgrounds. Please RSVP to Jennifer Coplon at email@example.com. 15 Newbury Street, 2nd Floor Library
Our congregation is excited to be renewing our past connection with Peace Islands: Boston Dialogue Foundation, a Turkish Islamic organization with whom we have cooperated in interfaith dialogue and other programs over the past four years.
In the midst of the continuing imperative for dialogue and relationship building between all of America’s faith communities – highlighted in this decade following September 11th – there is a special compelling need for American Jews and Muslims to reach out to one another. Peace Islands is a progressive Islamic community and a unique voice in the Muslim community, offering a particularly compatible counterpoint to our Temple’s liberal Reform Jewish commitment.
Our monthly dialogue conversations focus on various issues of our two faiths – our views on Torah/Koran, on belief and practice. We celebrate our respective holidays together, with our Muslim partners joining us for Chanukah and Passover Seder, and our own participation in Ramadan celebrations and other observances. The women of both Central Reform Temple and Peace Islands join together in an additional regular gathering named Sisters in Spirit, sharing their own spiritual experiences and traditions as committed women of faith.