November 5, 2017; Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael, California, USA; A Golden Age in the Golden State? Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding co-presented by Lehrhaus Judaica;
Hebrew Union College professor Reuven Firestone and Amal Crespo of Islamic Center of North Marin in conversation at Osher Marin JCC in 2017 (Photo/Kelley L Cox-KLC fotos)

‘Understanding Muslim Neighbors’ seminar coming up in Berkeley

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The San Jose-based Abrahamic Alliance International will sponsor a free seminar, “Introduction to Understanding Muslim Neighbors,” which aims to build greater interfaith tolerance among diverse Bay Area residents and help navigate “through a maze of conflicting information and stereotypes.”

The event, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at the JCC East Bay in Berkeley, will feature a keynote speech by Reuven Firestone, a renowned author and professor of Judaism and Medieval Islam at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.

Organizer Rachel Biale says the free event is the launch for a full-scope seminar in 2019 that “focuses on first educating each faith community about the religion, traditions, culture and contemporary challenges of the other.”

Abrahamic Alliance International’s mission is “to unite Jews, Christians, and Muslims in active peace-building and poverty relief,” according to the website. Active since 2008, the Alliance has engaged over 8,000 participants in a variety of programs.

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