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Jewish Sub-Identities: Multiculturalism and Pluralism

Presenter: Ruth Broyde Sharone

Sunday, January 18, 2009 11:30AM–12:45PM


GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK:  In post-9/11 L.A., Muslims, Jews, and Christians "break the silence" between Isaac and Ishmael, in a mosque for an Ashura celebration, and in a synagogue for a Muslim/Jewish Passover seder.
Witness the power of community outreach and interfaith dialogue.


TODAY I AM A RABBI: Three women in their fifties are the first rabbinical graduates of the Los Angeles Academy for Jewish Religion,
a transdenominational rabbinical and cantorial seminary.
Enjoy an inspiring ode to Jewish women, and to women of every faith,
who have longed to fulfill their life-long dream of becoming religious leaders.


Limmud, January 14-18, 2009 will consist of four days of lectures, workshops, text-study sessions, discussions, exhibits, performances and much more—all planned by a community of volunteers-- a conference, a festival, a gathering of hundreds of Jews from all walks of life,
all Jewish backgrounds, all lifestyles, and all ages.

From early in the morning until late each night, you'll have an opportunity to choose from
an ongoing menu of 8-12 simultaneous sessions on topics ranging from
Talmud to psychology, from film to Bible, from drama to Israeli politics.
Some sessions will be given by renowned lecturers;
others will be discussion groups, artist circles, or workshops.
  Immerse yourself—or dip in—as much as you choose.
The learning, in all the ways it unfolds, will be nonstop, inspiring, and invigorating



GOD & ALLAH NEED TO TALK: A Film for Healing and Reconciliation  (by Ruth Broyde-Sharone)

A Muslim boy tries matzah

"Itís kinda hard and crispy, but it tastes real good," says Yusef, a Muslim African-American boy, after trying some matzah.

When was the last time an interfaith event sold out? Well the premiere of Ruth Broyde-Sharone's new documentary, God & Allah Need to Talk: A Film for Reconciliation and Healing, generated so much interest that as many as 200 people were placed on a waiting list and other screenings were hurriedly being planned to satisfy the demand.

Ismaili Dancers The screening of the film was part of a larger multicultural, interfaith event held in West Hollywood on September 14th. 2003, which also included musicians, singers, and dancers. Following the unsettling events of 9/11, filmmaker Broyde-Sharone saw an urgent need to document the efforts of courageous Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Los Angeles who were determined to bring healing to a fragmented nation. The film illustrates how interfaith dialogue, community outreach, and even dinner conversation can be harnessed to dissolve fear and suspicion and, ultimately, to create a path towards true reconciliation. Broyde-Sharone completed the short film in four months. (Photo: Ismaili dancers perform for the crowd).

"After our collective trauma of 9/11 - caused by Islamic extremists - we have divided ourselves to such an extent that, in the process, we have even divided God," says Broyde-Sharone. (Photo: Two Muslim men find common ground at the event).

Closing Comments Dr. Nur Amersi, a volunteer from the local Shia Ismaili Muslim community, and Dr. Julie Heifetz, a cultural anthropologist, both helped to organize the event and joined the filmmaker for closing remarks at the conclusion of the event. (Photo: The filmmaker joined by Dr. Julie Heifetz (left) and Dr. Nur Amersi (right).

To read further coverage of the event, go to our press page.

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