Go forth and be together

Hagim Mibifnim: A cross religion holiday festival for everyone to enjoy.

December 5, 2018 18:40
Go forth and be together

A Muslim family hosts Jewish Israelis at the traditional Iftar evening meal during Ramadan.. (photo credit: OPEN HOLIDAYS)


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This is a festive time of the year. Hanukkah is upon us – candles, doughnuts and all. Many of us who hail from Christian-based countries will know that Christmas is not far off, either, and this year, the official birth date of Muhammad, the Mawlid, took place just a couple of weeks ago – all of which adds up to neat temporal grounds for a monotheistic religious concurrence in the shape of Open Holidays.

The proximity of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim holidays was not lost on Nir Cohen, Tali Yissa and Inbal Halperin-Gottesman when they set up the initial event in 2016. All had also previous experience of cross-community endeavor, although Halperin-Gottesman says Open Holidays was the product of serendipity.


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