“My task is not to debate whether I’m a Jew or not, but to figure out what kind of Jew I am. For me, finding a secular Jewish community with progressive politics fits my version of that identity.”
Through educational events, dialogue and action, the Jewish-Muslim Relations Committee leads our efforts to foster cooperation and mutual trust between local Muslim and Jewish organizations. We believe that bigotry toward Muslims hurts all of society and that Jews, who have historically been treated many times as the “other,” have a particular role to play in challenging Islamophobia. With an awareness of tensions around the world, we can be a model in our own Boston community for Jewish-Muslim alliances. This committee grew out of the leadership role that Boston Workmen’s Circle played in the Islamic Society of Boston mosque controversy in 2005 and 2006.
For more information, contact committee chair, Laura Derman.