If you’re in Jerusalem, tonight is the Interfaith Chanukah Celebration with the Abrahamic Reunion at the Van Leer Institute. The Abrahamic Reunion is a group of Muslim, Christian, Druze, and Jewish religious and spiritual leaders, and they have invited everyone to an interfaith
celebration of the fifth candle of Hannukah on tonight at 5:00 PM.
Rav Ari Smadja, the Chief Rabbi of Ramat Shlomo will give teachings in the spirit of Hannukah. There will be music and piyutim for Hannukah and food (vegetarian but no hechsher). The Hanukah candles will be kindled with blessings for peace by Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze religious leaders from the Abrahamic Reunion. Yeah, it’s a little kumbaya-esque, but who can take offense to peace?
Invited participants include Druze Sheikh Hussein Abu Rukkun, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bukhari, Ibtisam Mahamid, Jiries Mansour, Reverend Abuna Abu Hatoum, Ibrahim Abuelhawa, Elias Jabbour, Imam Khalil Albaz, Elana Roszenman, Rabbi Zion Cohen and other special guests.
Sadly, I will not be able to attend because I am in New York. But had I been in Jerusalem I totally would have gone. I actually enjoy these interfaith things. Well, I actually enjoy meeting the Arab participants – they really remind me of my own family with the hard working parents, the shy kids etc. Most of the Jewish participants however, I totally cannot relate to and I often wonder, whilst shrouded in a patchouli scented mist, what exactly it is some of these people uh… you know, do for a living. Maybe you can go, find out and then tell me…
When: Tuesday Dec. 19th, 5:00-7:30 PM, the 5th candle
Where: at the Van Leer Institute, Rehov Hanasi, in the Talbieh neighborhood, Jerusalem
For more info contact Eliyahu at 02-563-7578 and 050-569-1697.