Photo Credit: CityNews video screenshot / http://www.citynews.ca/2015/11/27/video-peterborough-synagogue-opens-its-doors-to-muslims/
Kneeling by the 'shtender' in the Beth Israel synagogue.

(JNi.media) The Beth Israel synagogue in Peterborough, Central Ontario, Canada, invited Muslim worshipers at the Masjid al-Salaam mosque to pray in their building, after it had been firebombed on Nov. 14 by arsonists, Canadian media reported. The damage to the mosque was estimated at $80 thousand.

On Saturday night, the synagogue’s website published an announcement stating, “Yesterday, Friday November 27, Beth Israel became a house of worship for the local Muslim community.” On Friday, Beth Israel hosted two prayer sessions for local Muslims and a potluck dinner.

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Beth Israel Synagogue president Larry Gillman told CBC, “As Canadians we have to stick together. It’s not about religion, it’s not about race. Canadians do this.” According to CBC, as soon as Gillman heard about the fire at the mosque, he reached out to his synagogue’s board of directors to find out about sharing space with the Muslim congregation. They voted unanimously in favor. “I hope this can be some kind of small example to others,” Gillman said.

Kenzu Abdella, the president of the Kawartha Muslim Religious Association, told CBC, “In the beginning, it was a shock. Within 24 hours, that changed. They walked to the mosque and told us that whatever we need, they will support us. Even though it came out of a tragedy, we are working together.”

The invitation to the synagogue was the first meeting between Abdella and Gillman. Since then, Gillman has given a speech at the Muslim Institute of Toronto and his synagogue has become part of an interfaith group working to sponsor Syrian refugees to come to Canada.

“We have more similarities than differences,” Abdella told CBC. “We have so much in common — the details of worship and the ceremonies. Even the stories we hear are similar. At the end of the day, it’s a house of God.”

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33 COMMENTS

  1. Seriously? They have lost their minds!!! This is so insane – do those Jews in Peterborough think for even one nano-second that it would be reciprocated if it was th other way around?
    I am sure that there are those few moslems that would, but there are many that would never do it – and they would probably have been the ones fire-bombing the shul and laughing and handing out candies at the same time!!! And I am sure it's already happened!
    Smarten up!!! and WAKE UP!!!! They are NOT our friends – it is written in their koran – it is forbidden for them to be friends with non-believers, and if they believe in the koran, they believe that too.

  2. That is a terrible thing to say but history does repeat itself. Muslims generally cannot be trusted per reference of statements in their Quran. Their are good Muslims and bad ones like all groups. The problem with Syrian refugees is that who are the good and who are the terrorists. A terrorist can bring destruction to many people is it worth the gamble. It also seems that Muslims will not generally blend into society but want us to change. They do not respect western values and rapes will occur more often. Israel gave away land for peace and what did these people do but destroy their own intrastructure.

  3. Edward Lobel YOU ARE RIGHT ON THE MARK. NOT ONLY HERE, BUT I, A BA'AL T'SHUVAH HAVE BEEN IN MANY MOSLEM COUNTRIES [3 times to Yemen] AND WHENEVER THERE WAS A PROBLEM [such as having to pay or sign on Shabbat], AS SOON AS I STATED IT WAS DUE TO MY RELIGION AND THAT THAT WAS JUDAISM, I RECEIVED NOTHING BUT UNDERSTANDING, RESPECT, AND ACCOMMODATION. Mark Lewis Brecker, Esq., Moshe Aryeh ben Sh'muel HaKohen.

  4. NOT ONLY HERE, LYNNE, BUT I, A BA'AL T'SHUVAH HAVE BEEN IN MANY MOSLEM COUNTRIES [3 times to Yemen] AND WHENEVER THERE WAS A PROBLEM [such as having to pay or sign on Shabbat], AS SOON AS I STATED IT WAS DUE TO MY RELIGION AND THAT THAT WAS JUDAISM, I RECEIVED NOTHING BUT UNDERSTANDING, RESPECT, AND ACCOMMODATION. Mark Lewis Brecker, Esq., Moshe Aryeh ben Sh'muel HaKohen.

  5. Larisa Zelenko LARISA, KRASIVYA,
    IT IS QUITE UNPREDICTABLE WHAT STEPS OTHERS [other than family] WOULD TAKE TO SAVE YOUR LIFE AT RISK OF THEIRS, WHETHER IT BE EXTREMISTS [Moslem or non-Moslems, but, in candor, most extremists acting as such in our day are Islamists], THIEVES, OR WANTON RANDOM MURDERS WHO HOLD KNIFE IN HAND. HOPEFULLY THIS TOO WILL END.
    MOISH [once one of the lawyers to Rabbi Kahane]

  6. These Jewish liberals will never learn. By kissing the ass of your enemy hoping they won't kill you is insane. Liberalism is a mental illness and it pains me to say this but a large percentage of my fellow Jews are afflicted with this illness and there isn't much you can do for them. As for these muslims , they can't be trusted, none of them!

  7. Good luck with that. I hope that they appreciated it. Will they return the favor, when the time comes?

    So now, I am sure that all will be made to be welcome upon the Temple Mount, in turn? I feel all good and tingly inside, just thinking about it!

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