On Common Ground: Neighboring Mosque, Synagogue Reach out to Close Cultural Gap

January 22, 2006

Author: Missy Ryan

Source: The Boston Globe


A mosque and a synagogue that stand just a few hundred feet apart on a wooded Wayland road might seem like unusual -- and potentially uneasy -- neighbors.

But worshippers at the Islamic Center of Boston mosque and Temple Shir Tikva on Boston Post Road have grasped the opportunity to reach out and learn more about each other.

Some meet regularly to share meals, discussing a wide range of topics from religion and current affairs to their jobs and children.

Members of each congregation have visited the neighboring place of worship for lectures or special events. And over the years, friendships have formed, despite the continuing turmoil in the Middle East.