Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County

Interfaith Outreach Shares Shabbat with Muslim Friends

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 10:34am -- Lifelong Learning

On Friday, September 28th, our Interfaith Outreach Committee, in collaboration with the Social Action and Lifelong Learning Committees hosted a Shabbat dinner for our friends at the Turkish American Society (TAS).  After enjoying delicious homemade Ramadan dinners in our Social Hall provided by TAS during the past three years, we decided it was time to share our Shabbat traditions and Jewish foods with them. 

The evening began with Rabbi Kamil explaining the meaning and customs of Shabbat and talking a little about Sukkot as well, since we were still celebrating.  Shabbat candles were blessed, followed by Kiddush and motzi.   Everyone had a page with Hebrew, transliteration and English in order to read along.  Thirty adults and children from TAS, along with thirty congregants, enjoyed Israeli salad, kasha varnishkas, tzimmes, challah and grilled chicken (halal).  

Following dinner and lively conversation, many of our guests joined us for Services and the oneg which followed. 

We very much appreciate the relationship we are building with the Turkish American Society, the meals we have shared and other events as well, including a festival last summer and the Middle Eastern concert last fall.

Interfaith Outreach members who planned the event include Barbara Margolis, Barbara Turner, Peggy McGrath, Kathie Bender, Diane Gould-Demarteau and Leslie Turner.