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A WORLD OF GOODISSUE 03

Beantown

OldSouthChurchBostonBoston boasts robust interfaith activities. I am involved with several interfaith groups, individuals and activities involving the three Abrahamic faiths. It is heartening to receive Ramadan Kareem messages from non-Muslim friends at the beginning of the month and touching when Jewish and Christian friends host iftars for their Muslim friends. On July 6, 2015, Anne Myers, a Muslim student at Harvard Divinity School and my Jewish friend Jill Smith, a lecturer at Tufts University hosted a joint Ramadan and Fast of Tammuz Break-fast in Cambridge, MA. My Orthodox Jewish friend Tobias Novak also hosted a joint 17th of Tammuz/Ramadan Break-fast at his apartment on the same evening and later, an iftar on June 26th. Tobias is planning to host an iftar again this year.

Center for Inter-Religious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE), a joint interfaith programme of Andover Newton Theological School and Hebrew College in Newton, a Boston suburb, (I am a past CIRCLE Fellow) also hosted an iftar and an Eid party.

The words “free food” bring a gleam to the eye of the university student, put a smile on the face and quicken the pace, making Ramadan in Boston so much better. There is lots to do and see in this beautiful city so if Ramadan is the only time you can make it here do not let it hold you back from visiting Beantown.

Shehla Zakaullah

She has a graduate degree from Boston University in Energy & Environmental Analysis. She is an intern at City of Newton’s Sustainability program and a French Scribe at University of Boston. Deeply interested in interfaith work, countering Islamophobia and building bridges across faith communities and cultures, Shehla is a 2014-15 CIRCLE Fellow and recently participated in Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign’s Emerging Religious Leaders Seminar in conjunction with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) annual convention. She has participated in Project Amplify Online – Countering Anti-Muslim Sentiment training.

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