A Golden Age in the Golden State? Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding

Sun, November 5, 2017 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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 A Golden Age in the Golden State?
Muslims and Jews Creating a Culture of Understanding

Exploring historical and contemporary relationships between Jews and Muslims

This half-day symposium will explore Muslim Jewish relations in the United States and the Bay Area. How are groups of Muslims and Jews working together to find common cause? How can we draw lessons from the Golden Age of Spain to create a new culture of understanding? These questions and more will be explored by scholars and clergy from our Jewish and Muslim communities.

We will cover a range of topics, both historical and current, and will pause in the afternoon for midday prayer — both Assr and the Shema — with introductions and explanations. There will be speakers from the Faith Trio, an alliance of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Oakland, and a panel representing Marin’s efforts to build bridges among Muslims and Jews. The event will conclude with a talk by Reuven Firestone, a professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam.


  • Fred Astren, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Dept. of Jewish Studies, SFSU
  • Pastor Ben Daniel, Montclair Presbyterian Church, Faith Trio
  • Lea Delson, Kehilla Community Synagogue, Faith Trio
  • Maha Elgenaidi, Director, Islamic Networks Group
  • Reuven Firestone, Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles
  • Ali Sheikholeslami, Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, Faith Trio
  • Dr. Patricia Hellman Gibbs, Author of A New Song


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Pre-registration is strongly encouraged as seating is limited.

Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Location: Hoytt

Osher Marin JCC
200 N. San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903