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Mosque Hosts 2016 Interfaith Assembly

imageWomen Transcending Boundaries and InterFaith Works of Central New York helped spread a message of harmony and tolerance by showcasing and celebrating Central New York’s many faith traditions. The theme of our observance this year of the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week was Opening Windows of Understanding. The event was held on Feb. 8, 2016, at the Mosque of Jesus, Son of Mary (Masjit Isa Ibn Maryam) on 501 Park St., Syracuse. For photos and a report in the Syracuse Post-Standard, click here.

World Interfaith Harmony Week has been celebrated since 2010, when it was first proposed at the United Nations General Assembly by King Abdullah II of Jordan. It provides a platform for all interfaith and goodwill organizations to demonstrate their impact and necessity. The movement is strengthened by building ties among world religions, educating ourselves about each other, and helping our community appreciate the beauty and diversity of our faith traditions and our diverse cultures.

February Schmai at Otro Cinco

It’s time for another Schmai … WTB’s monthly informal gathering where we simply eat, laugh, share, and cultivate friendships.

  • Where: Otro Cinco, 266 So. Warren St., Syracuse
  • When:  Thursday, Feb. 11, 5:30-7:30 pm

Fans of the Westcott Street Alto Cinco Mexican and Spanish restaurant will recognize some of the menu items, like the quesadillas and burritos (yes, the catfish burrito is on the board). Otro also features tacos — with tortillas made from non-GMO organic white corn. Catfish, crispy tofu, mahi mahi and lobster are among the fillings. Various types of tapas and paellas feature seafood, chicken, and vegetarian options. Come join us. It will be healthy eating and a fun atmosphere!  No need for a reservation.

February Book Club Focuses on ‘The Fruit of Her Hands’

The Fruit of Her HandsThe Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz, by Michelle Cameron, is the focus of the February 22 book club. Based on the life of the author’s thirteenth-century ancestor, Meir ben Baruch of Rothenberg, a renowned Jewish scholar of medieval Europe, this is the richly dramatic fictional story of Rabbi Meir’s wife, Shira, a devout but rebellious woman who preserves her religious traditions as she and her family witness the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe. For meeting details call Jennifer Crittenden (633-2817). The March 28 book club meeting will discuss Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo

December Meeting at Everson Festival

imageOur Dec. 6 program featured a docent tour of the Museum exhibits and Festival of Trees. It is exciting for WTB to have donated a tree and wreath to the Festival. Our tree and wreath were decorated on Nov. 29 by Bobby Pohar, Leslie Timko, Penny Hart, Betsy Wiggins, Danya Wellmon, Kathy Fanella, Liz Spence, Barb Bova, and Betty Lamb.

In November we focused on the origin of trees in different religions. Saro Kumar spoke about trees in the Hindu religion, and Laurel Flynn, full time-seeker and Wiccan, showed a PowerPoint presentation on “The Origin of Trees in Many Cultures” including Jewish, Christian and Pagan. After the presentations, we decorated a tree with items representing different religions and cultures and a grape vine wreath with an angel theme. Angels are found in all religions and cultures. For notes of the November program click here.

Sex Trafficking Addressed in October

Elisa Morales (left) and Kompalya Charles (right)Sex trafficking of women and children is NOT just a global problem, it is happening right here in New York, right here in Syracuse … in our shopping malls, on our streets. The targeted age group for children is between 12 and 14. Our meeting opened with the award-winning documentary film Nefarious. Then two women spoke about their experiences combating sex trafficking: Elisa Morales (left), a New York State New Abolitionist, and Kompalya Charles (right), reporting about her work in Thailand. For notes of the program click here.


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