On Sunday, April 14, Congregation Beth El, Congregation Beth Israel and the Islamic Center of Maine are joining forces for “Sweets & Savories from Our Traditions” Open House and Bake Sale. The event will take place at Congregation Beth El, 183 French Street from 2 to 5 pm.
Admission for the event, which includes coffee, tea, cold drinks, sweet and savory pastries is $5 or $15 for a family. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase toiletry kits for men and women which will be distributed through the Bangor Homeless Shelter and the Shaw House. There will also be a raffle for baked goods, including decadent cheesecakes, for $2 each or $10 for an arm’s length.
"We are blessed to live in a community where Muslims, Jews, Christians, and people of all religious beliefs – or those with none at all – live in relative peace. We are blessed to have a mosque and three synagogues and many churches filled with people of good will. Beth Israel, Beth El, and the Islamic Center have long talked about working together on a philanthropic project, and now, more than ever, we feel the need to join together to show love and care for each other and for our greater community. We hope that the love we spread here will eventually envelope the whole world," describes Geri Gross, chair of the Social Action Committee for Congregation Beth El.
Marwa Elkelani of the Islamic Center of Maine says, “The Islamic Center of Maine is happy to join hands with Congregations Beth El and Beth Israel to celebrate our diversity and build relationships of peace and love. Now more than ever, we need to walk the walk and serve as a reminder of this for all. The true objective of all faiths is an inclusive one, calling for respect, equality, and dignity for all. What better way to highlight what our respective faiths teach about love and acceptance and break down walls of division and hate that are widespread in our world today than by collaborating on this wonderful philanthropic project!”