Texas Jews share synagogue with Muslim peers after mosque destroyed

A number of churches and an office building also offered up their space.

February 4, 2017 09:40
Victoria mosque

A security official investigates the aftermath of a fire at the Victoria Islamic Center mosque in Victoria, Texas January 29, 2017. . (photo credit: REUTERS)

The Jewish community of Victoria, Texas, has stepped up to aid the town's Muslim community after their mosque was destroyed in a fire last weekend, CNN reported.

Dr. Shahid Hashmi, the president of the Victoria Islamic Center, told CNN that Dr. Gary Branfman, a friend of his and a member of Victoria's Temple B'nai Israel, stopped by his home to give him the keys to the synagogue so they could use it for their services.

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"I never doubted the support that we were going to get," said Hashmi. "We've always had a good relationship with the community here."

The cause of the fire has not been determined yet. CNN reported that a number of churches and an office building also offered up their space, and that the Islamic Center has taken up temporary residency in a mobile home on the mosque property.  They hope to be able to rebuild their mosque within the year thanks to generous donations locally and from abroad, including a GoFundMe page that has already raised over one million dollars in support.

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