Muslims raise funds for Jewish cemetery repairs after vandalism.
A historic Jewish cemetery in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, is this week undergoing repairs to recent vandalism with the help of their concerned Muslim neighbours. At some point during the weekend vandals targeted more than 150 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City.
Jewish community offer Muslims keys to their synagogue after the town’s mosque burns down
A similar story of solidarity but with the tables turned happened back in early February. Jewish people in the small Texas city of Victoria handed Muslim worshippers the keys to their synagogue after the town’s only mosque was destroyed in a fire. The Victoria Islamic Centre burned down on Saturday and had previously been burgled. The cause is under investigation by federal officials.
However the town’s Muslim population will not be without a place to worship while their building undergoes reconstruction, all thanks to their Jewish neighbours.
"Jewish community members walked into my home and gave me a key to the synagogue." said Shahid Hashmi, one of the mosque’s founders.
Robert Loeb, president of Temple Bnai Israel, said "Everyone knows everybody, I know several members of the mosque, and we felt for them. When a calamity like this happens, we have to stand together."
10 ways to raise a community-minded child
Education and empathy are the way forward from fear and hatred. Raise a child that makes a difference. A community minded child is more resilient and confident and better equipped to enjoy today's multicultural society free from fear and hate.<br /> You don't need to have children to implement some of the tips suggested.