Rabbi Sarah Bassin was featured in the Jewish Journal on Rabbi John Roscove's blog for her work with NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Rabbi Bassin is known for her interfaith knowledge and her work with many other religious groups. You can read part of the post below, and if you would like to read it in its entirety, click here.
"Sometimes light shines unexpectedly from unexpected places. Such was the case this week when I participated in a study seminar with a group of 10 American rabbis and 10 Egyptian imams.
The ten Muslim scholars are visiting the United States from Egypt’s Al Azhar University. They were brought to the United States through a grant from the American Embassy in Cairo as part of a program called“Muslims in America: Community, Democracy and Political Participation.”
Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, and Rabbi Sarah Bassin, the immediate past Executive Director of the LA-based NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, hosted us.
We began our two hours of learning and dialogue by coupling one rabbi with one imam, and introducing ourselves to each other by explaining the origins of our names. Then we studied in chevruta pairs the traditional story of Cain and Abel/Qabil and Habil as it appears in both the Torah (Genesis 4) and the Quran (Sura 5)."