Over the years, our Junior Youth Group (JYG) program has built an interfaith partnership based on mutual respect and constructive, educational dialogue. This relationship has opened the door for 11 - 14 year old Muslim youth to get to know our Jewish brothers and sisters here in the melting pot of Los Angeles.
Last Sunday, JYG students went on a field trip to the B'nai David synagogue. On their visit, students were able to tour the synagogue and discuss timely topics with Jewish youth their age. Most of the students had met our Jewish friends from B'nai David before when they came to the Islamic Center to learn about Islam. This program encourages students to engage in conversation, explain the basic elements of their faith, ask questions and help clarify misconceptions they may have regarding the tenants of each other's religion. It is heartwarming to see our young people engaged in interfaith dialogue. Programs like these are extremely beneficial, as it allows us to reach out to other communities, unify, and strengthen our relationships with people from other walks of life.