Schmoozing over bagels and schmear

By SYMI ROM-RYMER, OSAMA NADEEM
August 25, 2011 18:24

A Pakistani Muslim and an American Jew break the ice over Jewish-type food at the Muslim Jewish Conference in Kiev to bring together young Jews and Muslims from around the world.

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Symi Rom-Rymer, Georgi Vogel Rosen and Osama Nadeem.. (photo credit:Georgi Vogel Rosen: (pictured at the Muslim Jewish)

It began with bagels and schmear. From talking on the balcony of a hotel on the outskirts of Kiev, Ukraine, came an unexpected point of common ground between a Pakistani Muslim man and an American Jewish woman. How did he, never having met a Jew before, know about such a staple of American Jewish cuisine and the appropriate Yiddish expression? she wondered. How could she not realize how pervasive American popular culture is among educated Pakistanis? he asked himself.

At that moment, they began to realize not only the geographical distance that separated them, but the psychological one as well.

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