Muslim student group brings message of harmony in Wayne
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Muslim student group brings message of harmony in Wayne

Temple Beth Tikvah teens at an oneg Shabbat featuring DoNotHate. (Courtesy Temple Beth Tikvah)
Temple Beth Tikvah teens at an oneg Shabbat featuring DoNotHate. (Courtesy Temple Beth Tikvah)

DoNotHate.org, a group of local Muslim high schoolers, recently joined Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne for a Shabbat Muzikali service led by Rabbi Meeka Simerly. Rabbi Simerly feels particularly drawn to the group because they’re from Turkey, a country through which her mother’s ancestors lived before they moved to Israel.

The Muslim group’s five organizers read Rabbi Simerly’s blog and sermons on TBT’s website; they got in touch with her and told her about their work. Rabbi Simerly said that from the first time she and the teens spoke via Skype, she was impressed by their sincerity and focus.  That led to an invitation to speak to the shul’s teenagers.

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