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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Virginia synagogues renting space to mosques for Ramadan

It seems that there's a shortage of space for mosques in Virginia and that some of the mosques have been renting space from local synagogues (Hat Tip: Baron B).
"We say our prayers, and a few hours later they meet for Sabbath and they say their prayers," Rizwan Jaka, a leader at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) mosque in Sterling, told the Washington Post on Saturday, August 22.

Last year, ADAMS rented spaces at two synagogues to accommodate the growing numbers of Muslims worshippers during Ramadan.

"People may think it's strange or odd, but we are simply grateful for the space."
While Judaism does not consider Islam to be idol worship, and therefore there may not be a technical prohibition in renting space like this (consult your local rabbis) there is this little bit of discomforting news:
There have been pulpit swaps, with the imam and rabbi preaching to each other's congregation and interfaith visits as well.

David Fram, 72, who sings in the synagogue's choir, was recently invited to the Sterling mosque for daily prayers.

And a few weeks later, he found himself at Barnes & Noble buying a copy of the Nobel Qur'an to know more about Islam.

"It's not like the UN here. We're not looking to draft some final settlement agreement between Israel and Palestine," [Rabbi] Nosanchuk said.

"But we're learning from each other, and we're trying to give them the space they need and make them feel at home."
What could go wrong?


At 7:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are not "synagogues". Please don't abuse the word.

They are reform or conservative "temples". This might actually be a theological improvement for the structures' use until now.

Unfortunately, I say that with only a bit of irony.

At 8:12 AM, Blogger Findalis said...

If my rabbi did this I would never return. Let them use the Catholic Church down the block. I understand the sewage treatment plant could be rented out too.

At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A "rabbi" wouldn't do this. Period.

At 4:14 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

No real rabbi would refuse to see that Judaism and Islam are radically different, that Islam is a death cult and that Muslim clerics and imams call for the mass murder of Jews and for Israel's annihilation. This is the reality the so-called "inter-faith" fraud seeks to hide. And if it was the the other way around, would Muslims show goodwill to the dhimmi Jews? I doubt it.


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