2016-07-20 / Voice at the Shore

Ramadan program at Beth El fosters friendship and understanding


Attendees at a recent Ramadan program at Beth El Synagogue in Margate included (from left) Kaleem Shabazz of the Atlantic City mosque Masjid Mohammed; Harvey Wolbransky, chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council; Ali Iddinn, Young Leadership Chair for Masjid Mohammed; Doug Stanger, vice-chair of the Anti- Defamation League’s Philadelphia Region; Turiya and Hassan Adbur Raheem of Masjid Mohammed, and Rabbi Aaron Krauss of Beth El. Attendees at a recent Ramadan program at Beth El Synagogue in Margate included (from left) Kaleem Shabazz of the Atlantic City mosque Masjid Mohammed; Harvey Wolbransky, chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council; Ali Iddinn, Young Leadership Chair for Masjid Mohammed; Doug Stanger, vice-chair of the Anti- Defamation League’s Philadelphia Region; Turiya and Hassan Adbur Raheem of Masjid Mohammed, and Rabbi Aaron Krauss of Beth El. More than 40 invited leaders and members of the Jewish and Muslim communities attended a Ramadan program and dinner at Beth El Synagogue on June 27. The program was aimed at giving Jewish community members a better understanding of the Muslim celebration of Ramadan (which ended July 5), as well as to encourage greater friendship and understanding between the local Jewish and Muslim communities.

Ramadan is a month-long holiday in which Muslims are supposed to fast from sunrise to sunset and read the Koran daily, completing the entire Koran by the end of the holiday, said Turiya Abdur Raheem, a Muslim educator who addressed the group. Daily fasting is traditionally broken with dates and water, which were offered to all program attendees.

Rabbi Aaron Kraus of Beth El and Kaleem Shabazz, an Atlantic City councilman and member of AC’s Masjid Mohammed, put together the program as part of an ongoing effort to foster friendship and understanding between the area’s Muslim and Jewish communities. The dinner was sponsored by the Kligerman family, who are longtime Beth El members. s

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