CAIR-Chicago participated in its first Cafe Finjan event on Thursday, July 14th, at Che Cafe – 1058 W. Taylor Street. Cafe Finjan is a series of interfaith arts exchanges, begun in 2004 by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs as part of its Jewish-Muslim Community-Building Initiative. The series creates spaces for Chicagoland Jews, Muslims, and others of diverse backgrounds to come together and give voice to their identity and experience as part of a larger community.
With 60 available seats, Cafe Finjan had more than a full house, with several guests standing in the back. It was an evening of local Jewish and Muslim poetry readings, storytelling, and singing. A member of each of the participating organizations introduced their organization, its purpose and activities. Dina Rehab, Outreach Coordinator, introduced CAIR-Chicago and spoke of the volunteer opportunities available.
CAIR-Chicago would like to thank all the performers, volunteers and sponsoring organizations for making this event happen. We would also like to thank all our guests whose support ensures the continuity of our work.
SPONSORING ORGANIZATIONS (in alphabetical order):
Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago (CAIR-Chicago)
Council of American Muslim Professionals Chicago (CAMP)
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA)
Muslim Bar Association of Chicago (MBA)
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