Yom HaAtzma'ut Service

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Wed, 05/08/2019 - 6:30pm

For Yom Ha'atzamut (Israel Independence Day), members of Mishkan (and our interfaith friends) are warmly invited to a free screening of the award-wining documentary, Out of Cordoba, about a little-known era of centuries of peaceful coexistence among Muslims, Jews and Christians in Medieval Europe. Jacob Bender, the film’s director, is a member of Mishkan Shalom who serves as executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Pennsylvania. After the film, Bender will share his insights on the relevance of his 2009 documentary to today, including the resonance of the message of the film to a day that is both Israel's Independence Day and called "Nakba" or a day of destruction for Palestinians.

The screening will be followed by Q & A and refreshments. The film features Averroes and Maimonides, two wise men from the 10th century, as the inspiration to overcome today's challenges between cultures and religions, the so-called "clash of civilizations." The documentary may well inspire our efforts to cultivate interfaith tolerance & efforts toward peace in the world today. Appearing in the film are: Jacob Bender and Maria Rosa Menocal (late author of Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain), among many others. The documentary was filmed at locations including New York; Cordoba, Sevilla and Malaga (Spain); Venice; Paris; Cairo; Rabat, Marrakech and Fez (Morocco); Jerusalem; and Palestine.

See also: https://mishkan.org/committee/israel

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