On March 21, 2011 the Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative (JMCBI) hosted an interfaith delegation from various countries in Europe who came to learn about the JMCBI model for interfaith collaboration.
JMCBI coordinator Asaf Bar-Tura and CAIR-Chicago’s Gerald Hankerson spoke with the group about intercultural exchange programs, as well as joint endeavors to promote social justice in a domestic context.
The group inquired about the challenges faced by JMCBI, the details of its operations and the broad vision for its future.
“I think this meeting gave our guests a tangible model for what they may hope to build in their own communities,” said Bar-Tura. “Though JMCBI’s focus is local, our approach is attracting interest globally, and that should be a sign of hope for all of us.”
The diverse group of community leaders, clergy, and scholars included:
- Said Shagaviev – Dean of the Faculty of Theology at Russian Islamic University (Russia)
- Rinkeby Hus – Community Advocate for Immigrant (primarily Somali) Youth (Sweden)
- Eser Polat – Attorney and Community Leader (Germany)
- Rev. Dr. Michael Tita – Patriarchal Counselor, The Romanian Patriarchate (Romania)
- Yassmine El Ksaihi – Founder and Director of Community Foundation (The Netherlands)