Jewish, Muslim Students Promote Peace At 8th Annual Interfaith Dinner

October 15, 2009

Author: Ann Shapiro

Source: The GW Hatchet

The eighth annual Interfaith Dinner Wednesday night featured performances and foods from the Muslim and Jewish traditions and promoted a message of peace between world religions.

"Our main goal is to begin a dialogue. The purpose of the event is not to solve all crisis between our two peoples but to show we are more common than different," said President of the Jewish Student Association Marc Friend.

The interfaith dinners began in 2002, at the height of the intifada in Israel, under former University President Stephen Trachtenberg and a coalition of the JSA and the Muslim Student Association. This year's dinner was held in the Marvin Center and featured prayer recitations from both the Muslim and Jewish faiths and a music performance of the Jewish song "Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu," meaning peace will come upon us.