Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Directory Launches to Foster Dialogue

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JewishMuslimDirectory.org today announced the launch of the first online interfaith directory to facilitate dialogue between Jewish and Muslim communities in the United States.

JewishMuslimDirectory.org today announced the launch of an online interfaith directory to facilitate dialogue between Jewish and Muslim communities in the United States. The website's central feature is a comprehensive directory of organizations and individuals involved in interfaith dialogue across the country.

The site's founders, members of both the Muslim and Jewish faiths, were spurred to create a comprehensive directory of interfaith organizations after successfully engaging in dialogue activities during their time as students at the University of Pennsylvania. Struggling to match the depth and frequency of engagement outside of their university experience, the founders saw the need for a single site that could direct interested parties to appropriate groups across the country.

"By cataloging many of the organizations approaching the interfaith space, JewishMuslimDirectory.org hopes to increase access to interreligious and intercultural organizations across the country" said Samir Malik, the site's co-founder and a former president of the University of Pennsylvania's Muslim Students' Association. "Interfaith works. As students, we were surrounded by open-minded peers immersed in a culture of isolation and self-segregation. By taking steps to bridge the gap between the Jewish and Muslim communities at Penn, we helped to foster an environment of dialogue and mutual respect" Malik said.

Aiming to extend those efforts beyond the college environment, JewishMuslimDirectory.org allows visitors to search for organizations and share feedback about successful programming with other users. Intended as user friendly and participatory, users can add organizations to the directory by submitting contact information through a simple web interface.

"Though the site is primarily a tool for finding relevant organizations nearby, it is also a forum for exchanging ideas" said co-founder Sam Adelsberg, who also leads LendForPeace.org. "We actively encourage visitors to add and update their organization information and to participate in constructive discussion about successful interfaith programming" he said.

With this launch, JewishMuslimDirectory.org hopes to contribute to the broader effort of improving relations between the United States' Muslim and Jewish communities.

Visit us at http://www.jewishmuslimdirectory.org

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