Seattle Interfaith Group Raises Money for Pakistani Earthquake Victims

November 9, 2005

Source: The Seattle Times

On November 9, 2005 The Seattle Times reported, "What began here four years ago as a modest idea � to understand different faiths a little better � has grown, gained momentum, and now faces an urgent mission: get help while there's still time to survivors of the Pakistani earthquake.

On Sunday, local Muslim, Christian and Jewish leaders (along with ethnic groups such as Pakistan Association of Greater Seattle) are organizing a fundraising dinner for survivors of the Oct. 8 Pakistan earthquake... Getting the various faith organizations to work together for earthquake relief is one of the 'best ways to get the word out about the dire need of earthquake survivors,' said Rabbi James Mirel of Bellevue's Temple B'nai Torah.

'We've done that with the earthquake in Iran, then Katrina. This really, in terms of loss of life and damage, is the most extreme of all.'

These are congregations that have worked together often since Sept. 11, 2001, when religious leaders and members of congregations on the Eastside began talking about the need to understand each other's faiths better."