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Rabbis, imams slate annual dialogue

Participants in an interfaith summit agreed to create a national weekend for Jewish-Muslim dialogue.

The weekend prior to Thanksgiving is the date proposed for the annual event, according to the text of a resolution adopted at the conclusion of last week’s summit. The weekend will see the “twinning” of synagogues and mosques around the country, focusing on the need for dialogue.

“We call upon the leaders of the American Muslim and Jewish communities to encourage their followers to participate actively in this weekend, so that true love, respect, friendship and cooperation may become the hallmark of our relationship,” the statement said.

Twenty-five rabbis and imams from around the country attended the New York summit, which was organized by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

The concluding resolution also recognized the “pressing moral imperative” for Jewish-Muslim dialogue.

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