panel_sparksPanel Sparks Intriguing Community Discussion

Harrison Patch – May 15 2012

A panel of three representatives from the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding spoke about compassion and understanding at the Harrison Library Monday night.

There are sometimes more differences than similarities between Rabbi Barry Kenter, Dr. Mahjabeen Hassan and Hondi Duncan Brasco. Each a follower of a different Abrahamic religion, the historical differences in belief go without saying. But each explained to an audience at the Harrison Library Monday that they have found a common ground together, and have been sharing that message through the Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding.

rebRabbi Holding ‘Compassion’ Panel in Harrison

Harrison Daily Voice – May 10 2012

“It’s like chocolate and vanilla; we’re all different flavors trying to achieve the same goal of bringing holiness to life. It’s about relating to one another in really positive, good, loving ways.”

Kenter said that part of the problem between different faiths is misunderstanding, while another part of it is history, adding that we live in a world where people are tried to be [sic] kept separate rather than being brought together. Kenter pointed to the diversity of Westchester County and how having contact with those from different backgrounds helps to spread compassion.

concertThree Religions Share Their Musical Roots

The New York Times – December 3 2006

In an age when a discussion of Judaism, Islam and Christianity often refers to strife, a concert at the Tarrytown Music Hall scheduled for next Sunday focuses instead on the values and history these religions share.
The theme of the concert, “A Mediterranean Escapade: Celebrating the Shared Musical Roots of Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” is the nativity story, but its program is far-reaching and diverse, with songs derived not only from Christianity, but also from Judaism and Islam.

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