TORONTO – Holy Blossom Temple, one of oldest Jewish Synagogue in Canada where an Iftar dinner was organized by Jews of Canada.
The temple was the center of religious harmony and inter-faith relationship in Canada.
Founded in 1856, Holy Blossom Temple is Canada’s largest Reform synagogue with 7,000 members and the oldest Jewish congregation in Toronto.
The Iftar dinner was co-sponsored by the Intercultural Dialogue Institute, a non-profit organization which aims to promote enduring interfaith and intercultural cooperation, tolerance and dialogue.
According to Rabbi Michael Satz, Holy Blossom’s Associate Rabbi, “I believe that true inter-religious dialogue happens when people study together and, of course, eat together.”
Muneeb Nasir, Executive Director of the Cordoba Centre for Civic Engagement and Leadership, told the gathering. “This Iftar brings us together tonight for greater understanding and spiritual awareness, and to build relationships.”
A number of distinguished rabbis have led the Reform institution, including the late Gunther Plaut and Dow Marmur, now Rabbi Emeritus.
Earlier in the week, Rabbi Dow Marmur wrote in his Toronto Star column: “The spirituality of eating with people across religious divides goes much further than is normally offered at interfaith gatherings.”
He also added “Its invitation to celebrate Iftar with Muslim friends is, I hope, only a beginning.”
The members of the two Abrahamic faiths were also privileged to observe each other’s prayers at sunset. Later, over the fast-breaking dinner participants engaged in lively discussions.
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