Jews and Muslims Turn Hate to Humanity: Interfaith Collaboration in Times of Religious Violence

Conversation between Andrew Rehfeld and Tarek El-Messidi moderated by Marie Griffith.



Graham Chapel Washington University in St. Louis

One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130


  • Jews And Muslims Turn Hate To Humanity: Interfaith Collaboration In Times Of Religious Violence

    Tarek El-Messidi, Andrew Rehfeld (March 8, 2017)


Recurring acts of violence against the American Jewish and Muslim communities have reminded us of the persistence of ethno-religious hate. Expressions of solidarity between Jews and Muslims in the wake of these events have shown that such hate can and should be collectively addressed. Locally, the fundraising efforts by Muslim organizations such as CelebrateMercy for Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in the wake of recent desecration have been inspiring to our St. Louis community and to the wider nation. In this context, the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics is pleased to bring together two leaders from the Jewish and Muslim communities to talk deeply about what it means to partner and support one another across religious and political lines, despite potential differences on geopolitical issues.

We hope you will join us when Center Director Marie Griffith moderates a discussion between Tarek El-Messidi, Founding Director of Philadelphia-based CelebrateMercy, and Andrew Rehfeld, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. Andrew Rehfeld is also a faculty affiliate of the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics serves as an open venue for fostering rigorous scholarship and informing broad academic and public communities about the intersections of religion and U.S. politics. We are committed to fostering debate and discussion among people who hold widely different views about religion and politics.

Doors to Graham Chapel will open at 6:30 p.m. Seating is general admission; first come, first served.

Tarek El-Messidi

R. Marie Griffith

Andrew Rehfeld

Coverage of this event:

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Local NBC television affiliate KSDK

St. Louis Jewish Light


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