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US Muslims join Jews for Christmas Day Mitzvah

For first time, Muslims to join Jews for largest annual day of volunteering. Organizers say it's a small but significant step in diffusing tensions, promoting good will between religions

Associated Press Published: 12.24.09, 22:51 / Israel News

Many Jews consider Christmas Day an opportunity to serve their community while Christian neighbors celebrate their holiday. This year, what's also known as Mitzvah Day in southeast Michigan is getting an added boost from Muslims.

For the first time, about 40 Muslims are expected to join 900 Jews for what they call their largest annual day of volunteering. Leaders say it's a small but significant step in diffusing tensions and promoting good will between the religions, particularly on a day that is sacred to Christianity.

Mitzvah Day, a nearly 20-year tradition in the Detroit area also practiced in other communities, is


Added: Dec-24-2009 
By: aydeo
Tags: United States, Muslims, Jews, Annual Day, Volunteer, Christmas Day, Mitzvah
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