Religious leaders are hoping Jews and Muslims one day can settle the differences that touch off bitter fighting in other parts of the world.

The key is to show their children early on that followers of either faith have more in common than they think.

That’s why about 20 Jewish and Muslim children met for the first time Sunday morning in a small room at Temple Israel on Flagler Drive.

“Jewish and Muslim communities don’t have as much contact with each other,” said Peter Eckstein, the temple’s education director. “Us grown-ups have done a lousy job; maybe kids can do a better job.”

Leaders of both the temple and the Islamic School of the Palm Beaches got the introductions going quickly with a game called “human treasure hunt,” meant to show kids the simple, everyday things they had in common.

Sohaib Bhatti, 17, and Ben Horowitz, 12, had a group of about 10 huddled around them as they all went down the list trying to find things in common.

Favorite movies. Toothpaste. Sports. Shopping.

“I like football and played football and so did Ben. We use the same toothpaste,” Bhatti said, adding: “The rabbi even likes the same ice cream as me — cookie dough.” (MORE)


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