“Muslims, Jews Break Fast Together On Upper West Side”: NY1

September 22, 2007

By Shazia Khan

Both Jews and Muslims observed a fast Saturday, and some members of those communities gathered on the Upper West Side to break the fast together. NY1’s Shazia Khan filed the following report.

Jews and Muslims came together Saturday night in what might seem an unlikely place, gathering at the Church of Saint Paul and Saint Andrew on the Upper West Side to break their fast and build bonds.

“We think its God’s home,” said K. Karpen, senior pastor of St. Paul and St. Andrew. “It’s really not our home, and it should be shared with God’s people, and that’s everybody.”

With that spirit in mind, the church hosted an interfaith break of fast dinner, preparing and serving the food for their Jewish and Muslim guests.

“In light of everything that has happened to me, it…has given me much deeper conviction in seeing that our world needs this kind of work.” ~ Debbie Almontaser

Jews had kept a 25-hour fast in observance of Yom Kippur, their day of atonement. Muslims are in the midst of the month of Ramadan and fast each day during the daylight hours.

Because the faiths follow different calendars, it’s unusual for the holidays to overlap and those here took the advantage of the opportunity to better understand each other. Read more and WATCH THE VIDEO!


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