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North American Weekend of "Twinning" between Synagogues & Mosques

Nov. 21-23, 2008
Temple Emanu-El & Noor Cultural Centre
Weekend of Twinning
with Rabbi Debra Landsberg and Dr. Timothy Gianotti
See Coverage of this event in the Canadian Jewish News here.
As part of an inspirational North American wide initiative to build bridges and friendships between Jews and Muslims, Temple Emanu-El and Noor Cultural Centre have planned a series of cross-visits during the Weekend of Twinning of Synagogues and Mosques, November 21-23, 2008.

In the future we hope to have many occasions to share experiences, education, and build long-term friendships. We are hoping that families will attend throughout and in particular that youth will participate in the Sunday morning program at Noor.

Noor Cultural Centre:
123 Wynford Drive
Just east of the DVP ramp, just west of Concord Place. We're easy to miss, so look out for the condo construction right next to us, and a bus stop and Noor sign just outside.

Temple Emanu-El:
120 Old Colony Rd. East
Off Bayview at the end of Old Colony, south of the 401 & north of York Mills - about ½ way between.


Noor Cultural Centre - 1:00-3:00pm
- 1:00-1:15pm Tour of the Noor Cultural Centre

- 1:20pm Call to prayers

- 1.30-2.00pm Jum'a prayers -- sermon: "From Estrangement to Reunion and Beyond: rethinking the biblical/qur'anic record of Abraham and his sons."

- 2:00-3:00pm Refreshments & fellowship at the Noor.

Temple Emanu-El - 6:00pm

- 6:00pm Shabbat services at Emanu-El, followed by family dinner & shared song

Temple Emanu-El - 10:30am

- 10:30am Saturday morning service at Emanu-El. As on Friday at Noor, the sermon focused on the story of Abraham, but here specifically on the 2 women of the biblical narrative: Sarah and Hagar.

- 12:00 vegetarian potluck lunch.

Noor Cultural Centre - 9:30-11:30am

- 9:30 - 10:00 Breakfast & Fellowship

-10:00 - 10:30 Sacred Music

-10:30 - 11:00 Rabbi Debra and Dr. Timothy offer scholarly reflections on the "Religion of Abraham."

-11:00 - 12:00 Table Discussions + Abraham quiz game

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