Did you hear the one about the Jew and the Muslim who teamed up to make audiences around the country laugh about their religions? Because several dozen Jewish and Muslim students at Syracuse University did, and they thought it was hilarious. Bob Alper, a reform rabbi who loves Chinese food, and Ahmed Ahmed, a Muslim who must have been named once for each time he’s successfully boarded an aircraft, took their light-hearted comedy routine to Goldstein Auditorium last night as part of their continuing effort to diffuse Jewish-Muslim relations though laughter.
“I read this thing after Sept. 11 that said hate crimes against Arabs and Muslims were at an all-time high,” Ahmed said, feigning seriousness. “Turns out that still puts us in fourth place behind blacks, gays and Jews. We can’t even win in hatred.”