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On Sunday morning, the kitchen of the Muslim Foundation Inc. Mosque in Somerset was filled with good smells and friendly conversation as a group of volunteers prepared 350 meals for homeless folks in New York and New Jersey.
The event was part of a larger “Weekend of Twinning,” held from Nov. 18 – 20.
The purpose of the weekend is to facilitate events between Muslim and Jewish people to promote greater understanding and community between the two, according to Walter Ruby of the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.
According to a release from Muslims Against Hunger, more than 125 events are being held around the world as part of the Weekend of Twinning.
“Each Jew and each Muslim is obligated to help those most in need,” Ruby said.

One doesn't see it much in the press, but the Jewish and Muslim religious (as opposed to political) communities in Greater New York have been drawing much closer in the last couple of years. I think the Park51 islamophobic jihad was a critical event in emphasizing our common political/social vulnerabilities to bigots, and in the process of that awakening we were reminded of the many commonalities of our faiths.
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