CAIR-OH: 250 COMMUNITY MEMBERS ATTEND CAIR-OHIO CINCINNATI IFTAR DINNER
(CINCINNATI, OH 10/15/06) – More than 250 people of different faiths attended the CAIR-Ohio, Cincinnati Chapter third annual “Sharing Ramadan” iftar, or fast-breaking meal, at the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati on Sunday, October 15.
Members of the American-Muslim community, Muslim community leaders, leaders from other faiths, members of law enforcement, representatives of local media, peace and justice groups and elected officials joined in this special occasion.
Guests who spoke at the iftar dinner were State Senator Eric Kearney, Sr. Alice Gerdeman of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, Rabbi Gary Zola of the Hebrew Union College and Steve Sunderland of Peace Village. Each speaker expressed appreciation for the values and benefits that Ramadan brings to Ohio’s Muslim families as well as the value of the interfaith gathering to break bread together. Proclamations from Governor Bob Taft and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory recognizing Ramadan were shared.
“It is important for American Muslims to reach out to their neighbors of all faiths in an atmosphere of sharing and mutual respect,” said CAIR-Ohio (Cincinnati) Director Karen Dabdoub. “This event was a wonderful opportunity for people from all walks of life to share a meal together.”
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