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Can Jews and Muslims Relate on Campus?

02/14/2016  

To many people, conflict - whether physical, verbal, social or economic - has come to define the contemporary relationship between Jews and Muslims. Yet, despite substantial differences of opinion and perspective, some in each community are seeking to build bridges and understanding while still holding true to their values and beliefs.
The next episode of the public-affairs program "Sanctuary" - which airs at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, on ABC7-Channel 7 - visits one arena of such outreach: the college campus, a venue of increasing confrontation, yet also of sincere efforts at connection.
 
Discussing both the challenges and opportunities of those efforts are Tahera Ahmad, an assistant chaplain and director of interfaith engagement at Northwestern University, and Michael Simon, executive director of the Fiedler Hillel at Northwestern. Also featured are Asya Akca and Rachel Zucker, Turkish American and Jewish students, respectively, at the University of Chicago, who discuss their close friendship and their recent interfaith visit to Israel. Cindy Sher hosts.
Following the ABC7 broadcast, the program also will available for viewing on the Jewish United Fund website, www.juf.org/videos.
"Sanctuary" is a joint production of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago and the Chicago Board of Rabbis, in cooperation with ABC7-Channel 7.