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July 2022

Serving as a Jew or Muslim for Life — Accepting the Inevitability of the Struggle.

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In this JIDS session, we will confront head on the inevitability of struggling in the life of any religious Jew or Muslim.  We will hear candid talks from two members of our community who helped JIDS thrive from its inception:  Adam Marker and Haytham Younis. We will break into small groups, where each of us can share information about our own struggles.  Then, we will return to plenary session to put together some of the things we have learned.  At…

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October 2022

Non-Traditional Movements in Judaism and Islam

October 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Zoom, 3520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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The next event of the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society will be a Zoom discussion on non-traditional movements in Judaism and Islam, featuring panelists Ani Zonneveld (president of Muslims for Progressive Values) and Taya Ma Shere (co-founder of Kohenet Hebrew Priestess Institute). The dialogue will consider the beliefs, successes, and challenges faced by nontraditionalists of both faiths, bringing light to diverse perspectives and little-discussed movements.  The event will take place on Thursday, October 6 from 6:30 to 8:30. Please RSVP to [email protected]

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Solidarity Cup of Tea

October 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center, 3159 Row St.
Falls Church, VA 22044 United States
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The Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center is hosting a Solidarity Cup of Tea every third Saturday starting on October 15. Women and men of all faiths are welcome to attend, discuss religious issues, and find community. The monthly gathering is held from 2-4 PM at the Dar al-Hijrah Library, located at 3159 Row St, Falls Church, VA 220044. Please visit hijrah.org for more information! 

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Scriptural Reasoning on “Joseph”

October 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virginia Theological Seminary, 3630 Bishop Walker Circle
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
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Join the Virginia Theological Society on Thursday, October 20th for Scriptural Reasoning! Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a practice where Christians, Jews, and Muslims study each other’s sacred texts. Facilitated by a study leader, each session is an opportunity to listen and share various perspectives. The result is often a deeper understanding of others and one’s own scriptures, as well as the development of strong bonds across faith communities. This month's session is led by Rabbi Hyim Shafner, Rabbi of Kesher…

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How America Criminalizes Black Youth

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom, 3520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Join the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church for their next webinar, featuring Professor Kristin Henning, author of The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth. Professor Henning has 25 years of experience dealing with youth who are caught up in the criminal justice system and is now Director of the Juvenile Justice Clinic at Georgetown University Law Center. She will deliver insight about the problems in our juvenile justice system and, in particular, how that system often criminalizes African-American…

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Cyrus the Great Day Celebration

October 29 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Kamran Dar-e Mehr

Join the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington for a celebration of Cyrus the Great Day! The event will feature speaker Reza S. Zarghamee, author of Discovering Cyrus: The Persian Conqueror Astride the Ancient World. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  The event will take place on October 29, 2022 from 10 am-2 pm at the Kamran Dar-e Mehr, 15316 Barnesville, Boyds, MD 20841. Registration is required.  RSVP for the in-person event HERE (Doors open at 10:00 AM) RSVP for the Zoom…

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November 2022

Interfaith Works Annual Faith Community Meeting

November 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Washington D.C. Temple Visitors’ Center, 9900 Stoneybrook Drive
Kensington, MD 20895 United States
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Interfaith Works is holding their annual Faith Community Meeting on Tuesday, November 1. Under the theme “A Commitment to Serve Together,” representatives from various faith-based organizations will discuss ways to deepen collaboration for more impactful results in addressing the expanding needs of communities. The event features remarks from Senator Chris Van Hollen, Council Vice President Evan Glass, and County Executive Marc Elrich. See the attached flyer for a full schedule!  The meeting will take place from 7-8:30 at the Washington…

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How Can Faith Communities Support the Civic Capacity of Children?

November 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 206 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC, DC 20001 United States
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As we enter the giving season, how can we make giving more meaningful for children? As faith communities, we try to teach children to look out for the needs of others, to empathize, to share what they have, to do what they can to make the world a better place for all people. But do our kids really know that they matter to their community? Our current practices of engaging kids in community are often outdated and unevenly focused on…

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Scriptural Reasoning: “Leadership”

November 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Virginia Theological Seminary, 3630 Bishop Walker Circle
Alexandria, Virginia 22304
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Join the Rumi Forum for this month's Scriptural Reasoning session on Leadership: The Making of a Leader! The session will be led by Hurunnessa Fariad, Director of Outreach at Multifaith Neighbors Network.  Scriptural Reasoning (SR) is a practice where Christians, Jews, and Muslims study each other’s sacred texts. SR participants meet once a month to read short passages from their respective scriptures on a certain topic. Facilitated by a study leader, each session is an opportunity to listen and share…

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November 20 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom, 3520 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008 United States
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Join the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society for a two-part session on Jewish and Muslim values, comparing and contrasting the religious and moral ideals as written versus the nuance and variety in their manifestation. The dialogue will consider questions such as, what are our values in theory, and how do we tend to behave in practice where the rubber meets the road? In what ways have our ideals uplifted us?  And how have they tended to give way to alternative, less-elevated choices? …

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