CAIR: Calif. Muslim, Jewish Leaders Discuss Shared Values

Jun 07, 2010, 15:09 ET from Council on American-Islamic Relations

LOS ANGELES, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) announced today that Muslim leaders and activists met recently with the leadership of the Los Angeles-based Sinai Temple.

In that meeting, held at the synagogue, leaders focused on shared religious and moral values and strengthening bonds of cooperation among members of the Jewish and Muslim communities. The leaders also stressed the need to work together to fight all forms of bigotry, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and to make Los Angeles a model city in promoting harmony and prosperity for all citizens.  

Muslim leaders who participated in the visit included CAIR-LA Executive Director Hussam Ayloush and CAIR-LA Community Relations Manager Sherrel Johnson; Dr. Dafer Dakhil, director of Omar ibn Khattab Foundation; Jihad Turk, religious director of the Islamic Center of Southern California; and Tahara Akmal, interfaith chaplain resident at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Sinai Temple's leadership was represented by Rabbi David Wolpe and Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei.

"Muslims and Jews not only share Abrahamic roots but also a legacy of collaboration and mutual respect," said Ayloush.

Rabbi Wolpe said, "Together, Muslims and Jews must continue to seek common ground to combat hatred and promote cooperation, understanding and peace."

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations



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