On Tuesday, May 30, 2017 the Jacksonville Jewish Center in collaboration with the Muslim Leadership Initiative will host a joint Shavuot and Ramadan Iftar celebration at the Jacksonville Jewish Center. This celebration is the first of its kind for our city. It will bring together Jewish and Muslim families to attend and celebrate the rituals of each other’s faith traditions. In addition, participants will engage in joint side-by-side study of sacred scripture.
Shavuot is also known as the “Feast of Weeks” is celebrated seven weeks after Passover (Pesach). Shavuot combines two major religious observance of Jews – first, the grain harvest of early summer and second, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai seven weeks after the exodus from Egypt. Ramadan marks the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, when Muslims engage in fasting (Sawm) by refraining from food, drinks, and intimate relationships each day from dawn to dusk. The month commemorates the beginning of the revelation of the Quran.
Prior to the evening's festivities, Jewish and Muslim families will participate in jointly cooking the evening meal to both kosher and halal standards. The program will begin with introductory lectures on the meaning and importance of Shavuot and Ramadan. Around sunset, Jewish and Muslim prayer rituals will be conducted. Following dinner, participants will be invited to stay for side-by-side scripture study.
Date: Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Address: 3662 Crown Point Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257