Sheepshead Bay

Jewish, Muslim teens share interfaith dinner

May 21, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Members of Brooklyn's Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities gathered at a 2016 interfaith iftar dinner. Left to right: Carmen Catalino, Imam Abdallah Allam, Pastor Khader El-Yateem, Douglas Jablon and Dr. Ahmad Jaber. Eagle file photo by Francesca N. Tate

In the Middle East, some Jews and Muslims may be fighting it out, but in Sheepshead Bay, youthful members of the two religions got together on Thursday for an interfaith celebration of Iftar, the monthly meal during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The event, which included both kosher and halal food, was sponsored by the Kings Bay Y, a Jewish community center, and the Turkish Cultural Center in Brooklyn. “Many issues set Muslims and Jews apart. This event shows we’re still united,” Tomer Kornfeld, who attended the dinner, told Brooklyn Daily. The young people came from the Kings Bay Y at 3496 Nostrand Ave. and the Brooklyn Amity School, which has a large Turkish-American population, Brooklyn Daily said.