CAIR Chicago to Co-Host Café Finjan

Feature 261 Café Finjan is a series of interfaith arts exchanges, begun in 2004 by the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) as part of its Jewish-Muslim Community-Building Initiative.

“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.

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.


WHY: 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 from these communities

WHO: The event will feature local Muslim and Jewish poets & spoken word artists, storytellers, comedians, singers, musicians, dancers, and YOU!

WHEN: Thursday, August 21st. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Starts at 7:00 p.m.

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

SPONSORED BY: American Muslims for Activism and Learning (AMAL); Chicago Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Chicago); haZula Jewish Meetup; Inner-city Muslim Action Network (IMAN); interfaith youth Core (IFYC); Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA), Jewish Caucus Public Action for Change Today (JPACT), the Muslim Bar Association of Chicago (MBA); Student Pluralism Interfaith Network (SPIN); United Muslims Moving Ahead (UMMA), DePaul University

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

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