Israeli ambassador hosts iftar dinner


(JTA) — Israel’s ambassador to the United States hosted an iftar dinner to break the Ramadan fast at his Washington residence.

The event was the first of its kind to be held at the Israeli ambassador’s house in Washington, according to the embassy.

Among the guests were government officials and local Muslims. Imam Talib Shareef, president of the Muslim-American Military Association, led prayers.

"My job is to reach out to different communities, including communities that have been connected with Israel and those who have not," the ambassador, Michael Oren, said in an interview Thursday with The Huffington Post. "Israel is a country with a large and respected Muslim minority. I just got back from Jerusalem two days ago and it’s all decorated for Ramadan. They’re an important part of our society."

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