CAIR-Chicago to co-host Café Finjan featuring Muslim and Jewish Artists

WHAT: CAFÉ 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. Come join new and old friends for a night of comedy, music, song, and spoken word in an intimate coffeehouse setting on the edge of the West Town and Noble Square neighborhoods.

“Finjan,” a word in both Arabic and Hebrew, is a metal pot for brewing coffee in the traditional Middle Eastern style, not only in the home, but also on a campfire, with comrades gathered around for warmth.

WHO: This event will be an evening of local Muslim and Jewish poets & spoken word artists, storytellers, comedians, singers, musicians, dancers, and YOU!

WHERE: Mercury Café, 1505 West Chicago Avenue. (1 block east of Ashland Avenue)

WHEN: Thursday, February 7th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Starts at 7 p.m.

Why: The goal of the evening is to establish points of contact and nurture a greater understanding between Jews and Muslims of Chicago by providing a forum for young and established performers, especially from these communities.

SPONSORED BY: American Muslims for Activism and Learning (AMAL), Chicago Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago), Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN), Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), Jewish Public Action for Change Today (JPACT), Jewish Women Initiative (JWI) and the Muslim Bar Association of Chicago (MBA)

Contact: or Gerald B Hankerson, Outreach Coordinator at CAIR-Chicago


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