Film on Muslim and Jewish friendship to be shown in Newburgh

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:36

NEWBURGH — A free screening of "Arranged," a look at two Orthodox women — one Jewish and the other Muslim — who become friendsas they seek arranged marriages and try to fit into the secular world of the New York City school system, will be shown at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 23, at the Newburgh Public Library. The library and the Cultural Equity Taskforce in Orange County are co-sponsor the screening to enage the community and bring it together. "We hope to bring together individuals and families of diverse backgrounds to view the film and see the many commonalities between the Muslim and Jewish communities - and to engage people in discussion about shared experiences across cultures and religions generally," said Sonia Wagner, the Taskforce's vice-chair and the executive director of Jewish Family Service of Orange County. She has collaborated with Sister Melody Rashada, a Chaplain for the New York State Department of Correctional and Community Services and instructor of Arabic and Islamic studies. "We also hope to continue developing projects that bring diverse people and communities together even after the viewing of this film," Sister Rashada said. Following the film, Imam Dr. Salahuddin M. Muhammad and Rabbi Joel Schwab will facilitate a discussion. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 341-1173 ext. 300.