2017-04-26 / Local News

‘Hate Has No Home Here’ theme at interfaith Breaking Bread

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) is proud to partner once again with the Jewish Christian Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey (JCM) for the annual interfaith Breaking Bread program. The act of breaking bread together has for many years proven to be a successful formula in allowing people to come together to break down barriers between different faiths and ethnic communities. This remains the purpose behind this popular annual event. This year’s Breaking Bread Together event will be held on May 7 at the Carman Tilelli Community Center, 802 Mercer Street in Cherry Hill from 2-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The theme for Breaking Bread Together is “Hate Has No Home Here,” and it will feature speakers from the Jewish, Catholic and Muslim faiths. The speakers will provide perspectives from diverse backgrounds, including academia and community and social activism.

The Catholic speaker, Mark Doorley, is the director of the Ethics Program at Villanova University. He earned a Masters of Divinity from the Washington Theological Union and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Boston College. In 1997, he and others started the Center for Environmental Transformation, whose mission is to educate people toward a more gentle way of living on our planet.

The Jewish speaker is Paula Saillard, who teaches French at Woodrow Wilson H.S. in Camden. She was recently featured on ABC News for her remarkable fundraising effort that will enable her to take her class of Juniors and Seniors— 21 students in all—to Paris.

The Muslim speaker, Misha Alkiyal, is a familiar face at the Cathedral Food Kitchen in Camden, where she volunteers regularly, and at peace rallies and marches across the region. She is a member of the JCM Dialogue and a strong voice in the interfaith community. She is involved in helping refugees in South Jersey through friendship and mentoring and was also among the volunteers who cleaned up and restored the desecrated Mt. Carmel Jewish Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Cherry Hill Mayor Chuck Cahn will welcome all the attendees and Police Chief William “Bud” Monaghan will provide an introduction to the video “Hate Has No Home in Cherry Hill.”

Following the formal presentations by the speakers, there will be a question and answer session, after which refreshments will be served and attendees will have an opportunity to socialize and make new friendships.

The event is co-sponsored by the JCRC and the Cherry Hill Township Human Relations Advisory Committee.

All those who wish to attend are advised to pre-register by emailing breakingbreadjcm@gmail.com or by calling (856) 751-9500, ext.1191 as seating is limited. 

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