Source: The Louisiana Weekly
On January 3, 2005 The Louisiana Weekly reported, "on the weekend of January 14-16, members of Touro Synagogue and Masjidur Raheem (Mosque of the Merciful) will come together for a weekend of joint prayer, education, community service, fellowship and athletics entitled 'Weekend of Peace and Friendship.' The Muslim and Jewish congregations will take the first steps towards earning a mutual trust and respect for each other, while putting aside their historically controversial views. The weekend will begin with members of Touro attending a Friday afternoon worship at the Masjidur Raheem. Afterwards, members of the Mosque will attend an evening service at Touro Synagogue followed by a panel discussion to promote the understanding of both religions. Saturday afternoon, the congregations will host a community service event for inner-city families complete with games, food and a clothing giveaway. The weekend events will come to an end on Sunday, with basketball games at the Jewish Community Center involving youths from both congregations."