Crossing the Street: 2

The continuation of a joint program by Temple Shir Tikva and the Islamic Center of Boston, Wayland.

We explore the heritage common to Jews and Muslims.

The four sessions in this series were led by Dr. Mohamed Lazzouni and Rabbi Neal Gold, and were hosted by both houses of worship on alternate weeks. As with Part 1 of this program inaugurated two years ago, this year’s lectures helped us understand our neighbors and we explored possibilities of a future shared vision.

The following topics were discussed:
  • Lessons learned from the life of Abraham.
  • The end of the world.
  • How American Muslims & Jews confront assimilation and the challenges of American Culture?
  • What are the most important things I want my neighbors to know about Judaism/Islam?

    The booklet with poems contributed by the particpants is now available HERE
    Through art, we plan to capture the precious memories of "Crossing the Street: 2". The first part, which took place in the winter of 2011, led to the birth of new relationships, a deeper understanding between Jewish and Muslim neighbors. More importantly it encouraged both communities to seek a sequel to the 2011 program to further cement this special relationship and explore new possibilities together. A community-wide activity to celebrate this interfaith engagement is dubbed the "poetry initiative".

    The "poetry initiative" is a shared activity open to all participants in the "Crossing the Street: 2" organized by Temple Shir Tikva and the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland.

    All participants are invited to contribute by writing one or as many poems as they like to express their feelings and views about the theme of the overall program, that is to say: Crossing the Street, or about the specific themes we will explore together throughout the series. They include, but they they are not limited to, the life of Abraham, Interfaith relations, stories Jews and Muslims have in common, Isaac and Ishmael, how American Jews and American Muslims manage the majority culture, what would we like our neighbors to know about Judaism and Islam, and can we envision the future of Jewish-Muslim conversations.

    Poems may be submitted in English or any other language, provided an accurate English translation accompanies the original text. There are no restrictions on the length or the number of words. All poems must be originals. All submitted poems will be carefully screened to ensure that they stay on topic and that they honor the general guidelines of respect and reverence. An editorial board with Jewish and Muslim representation will review all submission. A final collection will be organized and made available online after permissions are obtained from Shir Tikva and the Islamic Center of Boston.

    Every author will own the copyright of the poem(s) and will be solely responsible for its content. Any author who wishes to submit art work to accompany a poem, he or she can do so. The author will own the copyright to the art work. The art work must be original.

    Submissions will be accepted starting from the opening session on January 9th, 2013. We will accept submissions until two weeks after the final session. The editorial review board will start its work then and might take between two to four weeks depending on the volume of work and number of submissions.

    All submissions must be done electronically by sending a WORD or PDF file by email to CTSPoetry@icbwayland.org

    Once the material is ready for dissemination, the information about the collection of poems will be available through Temple Shir Tikva and the Islamic Center of Boston.

    We encourage all of you to participate.

    Happy Writing!