Montreal Shabat dinner offers blend of cultures to kick off Muslim Awareness Week

Muslims and Jews came together on Friday night for a vegetarian Shabat dinner at the Emanu El-Beth Sholom Temple in Westmount. Gloria Henriquez has the story.

The Muslim community is reaching out to Quebecers.

Montrealers are being given the chance to learn more about Islam through a series of activities planned in the city this week.

One such event brought Muslims and Jews together Friday night for a vegetarian Shabat dinner at the Emanu El-Beth Sholom Temple in Westmount.

“I think when people break bread together, it shifts relationships. When people bake bread together, all the more so,” said Rabbi Lisa Grushkow.

 

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The event is part of Muslim Awareness Week, an initiative inspired by the community in the wake of the Quebec City Mosque shooting.

Nearly two years ago, a gunman stormed into a mosque killing six people for the simple reason that they were Muslim.

The meal was prepared by The Wandering Chew, a group of caterers specializing in Jewish meals and The Syrian Kitchen, a mother-daughter catering duo who were sponsored to come to Canada by the congregation.

Traditional foods from both the Syrian and Jewish culture were served.

 

Gloria Henriquez

 

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