November 2017

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Calendar for WISDOM and Other Interfaith Events  
August through November, 2017
Exploring Our Religious Landscapes
Christianity Series
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Sunday, November 12th 3:00 – 6:00 PM
IFLC Creation Stories and Our Environment
Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills
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Sunday, November 19th, 5:00 PM
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at
First Presbyterian Church of Birmingham
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Living a Green Life: Inspiration from the Creation story:Nov. 12 & Dec. 3
Inspired by their faith’s interpretation of the Creation story, a group of panelists representing Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Hinduism will share environmental lessons taken from humanity’s first story and how they bring them to action in the Interfaith Leadership Council’s program: “Creation Stories & Our Environment: Christian, Hindu, Jewish & Muslim Teachings On Environmentally-Conscious Living” 3:00  to 6:00 p.m.Sunday, Nov 12th  at Temple Beth-El; 7400 Telegraph Rd., Bloomfield Hills.
 The panel includes:
  • Juhi Parekh, a high school student who is president of her school’s environmental organization and a member of the Bharatiya Temple
  • Imam Al-Masmari of the Muslim Unity Center
  • Rabbi Ariana Silverman of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
  • Dr. Ventra Asana, Elder Clergy member of the 4th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • John Schleicher, Lutheran Bishop from the Lansing area and member of the Michigan Interfaith Power and Light
Temple Kol Ami’s Rabbi Brent Gutmann, who was involved with ecological interfaith work when he was a rabbi in Auckland, New Zealand and continues his green quest here in Detroit inviting his congregation’s youngest members and their families to get out and explore Judaism through nature, will lead the panelist discussion.
Gutmann said there are deep connections between one’s spirituality and taking care of the Earth.
“Right from Chapter Two of Genesis, we learn the primary purpose of humanity is to be caretakers of the Earth,” said Gutmann. “In Jewish prayer and ritual, we come back to the story of Creation and learn that every day, God continually renews Creation and every moment humans have a new opportunity to fulfill our obligations of caring for the world.”
For 15 years, Dr. Asana has been fulfilling this obligation as an ecological minister. Though she is driven by her love of all cultures and ethnic groups, she is particularly concerned for the environmental state and degradation of the physical environs of her “beloved” African American community. The backbone of this community – churches and mosques – have recently been financially threatened with heavy fees that must be paid to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department for treating storm water runoff from their properties. Recently, Dr. Asana and other Detroit clergy have expressed opposition to increased water and drainage fees that they say are too costly for their congregations to pay and are at a risk of closing their doors.
Dr. Asana teaches congregants of various faiths how to install rain barrels and create gardens and other ecological methods that prevent excessive storm water from overburdening municipal sewer systems.  Her work has also led her to be involved in showing off the city’s hundreds of urban farms and gardens to visitors from around the country who are looking to Detroit as an example of how to revitalize and beautify inner cities.
“Ecological ministry work is not just theoretical but one that is very practical.”
Rev. Schleicher said that caring for God’s creation should be a primary concern for the faithful, and taking actions such as installing LED lighting and practicing other methods of energy efficiency is a sign that humans are partners in taking care of God’s creation.
He also pointed to Pope Francis’s encyclical on ecology, Laudato Si, which says that climate change is real and mainly “a result of human activity.”
“Pope Francis doesn’t pull any punches when he expressed his concern for the dire situation of this planet” said Schleicher.
The second part in the series will take place 1:45 to 4 at the Detroit Institute of Arts where participants will be treated to a free docent led tour of the museum’s pieces that examine the natural world and the human place within the world from African, Islamic, European and American traditions.  (Please gather at: Prentis Court)
It is not necessary to attend both programs, but advance registration is appreciated.
Cost: $10.00 per person – payable at the door
For the December 3 event, Register before November 30th   by calling 313.338.9777 or go to https://iflc.wufoo.com/forms/q19glyg1eff13b/ 
Cost: FREE

Read the article about the WISDOM Tenth Anniversary dinner in the Jewish News and watch the video by clicking on the link below!!
WISDOM stands for Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach in Metro Detroit. It began in 2006, when Gail Katz (Jewish), Trish Harris (Catholic) and Shahina Begg (Muslim) met and decided to continue their conversations over the course of a few months.
Because of the tensions in the Middle East, Iraq and Darfur constantly in the news, these women felt that communities of faith in Metro Detroit were becoming more and more segregated. They felt that maybe women could make a difference, that women had the capacity for empathy and connecting spiritually.
WISDOM became a nonprofit organization in 2007, and for 10 years has been proposing interfaith events to give people the chance to listen to each other, respect each other’s differences and take action toward change.
The women of WISDOM have just completed the second edition of their book, Friendship and Faith, a compilation of many stories by women who have crossed bridges and boundaries to make a friendship with someone of another faith.
WISDOM’s greatest achievement is its panel discussion, “Five Women, Five Journeys,” which has been presented to many houses of worship, schools and organizations.
The group’s challenge is to bring together people from different faith traditions, ethnicities, races and cultures to engage in educational and community service projects.
“The 10-year anniversary celebration at North Congregational Church in Farmington Hills Oct. 15 was an opportunity to shout out to everyone in attendance that WISDOM wants to change our world through the positive power of building relationships, discovering similarities and respecting differences,” Katz said.

She’s Jewish. Her BFF is Muslim.
 And their costumes just won Halloween
By Robbie Couch (In Upworthy)
Last year, best friends Casey Pearlman and Yasmin Idris were chatting about what their two religions have in common during a car ride. Casey is Jewish, and Yasmin is Muslim, and a spectacular new word was born: Juslim. The term – coined by Casey’s dad, Jeff – was a perfect descriptor for any ideas or values that the two faiths share.

Yasmin Idris (left) and Casey Pearlman (right). Photo courtesy of Catherine Pearlman

Fast forward to Halloween 2016, and the two 13-year-olds from California may have just won the holiday by turning the term into an original costume creation. “The delightful thing about their costume is that it was thoughtless,” Casey’s mom, Catherine, said. “It was so authentic to the nature of who they are and their friendship.” Jeff shared a photo of his daughter and Yasmin as the Juslims online. And even for him – a best-selling author with thousands of Twitter followers – the photo took off, going viral overnight. Reactions to the photo have been “absolutely amazing and mind-blowing,” Catharine said, garnering attention from places like Egypt and the U.K. – even landing a coveted retweet from author J.K. Rowling.

“If you’re a kid and you make a fun costume with your friend, and you don’t think anything of it,” she said. “And then there’s people all over the world who are responding to your homemade superhero costume, it’s pretty special.”

Twitter users began chiming in on what the costumes meant to them using the #Juslims hashtag. What’s truly remarkable to Catherine, however, is that her daughter’s friendship with Yasmin couldn’t be more … unremarkable. And that’s probably a reassuring breath of fresh air to many people who’ve been discouraged by a divisive election season.

“To me, their biggest statement is that it wasn’t a statement to them,” Catherine said. “They don’t feel different to each other. They feel like eighth-grade girls.” Their superpower – watching each other’s backs – is another reason why the pair totally owned Halloween 2016. “We’re a super team,” Yasmin told BuzzFeed. “Like, friends forever.”

        Everyone in Michigan should read this
new report on the state’s Muslims
Courtesy the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
We’ve recently seen the results of a new study called Muslims for American Progress. Commissioned by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, the study is considered the first of its kind, offering a broad look at Muslim contributions to the state of Michigan. It examines the ways Muslims have improved Michiganders’ lives over the last five years in such areas as engineering, civics, economic development, medicine, philanthropy, arts and even sports.

The study found that Muslims constitute about 1 percent of the U.S. population, and about 2.75 percent of Michigan’s. Given the community’s small size, another key finding is understandable: Most Americans say they don’t know a Muslim. And when media content analysis reports that more than 80 percent of U.S. media coverage of Islam and Muslims is negative, the report says this “opens the door for a narrow media image to distort public perceptions of this diverse community.

That’s where this study works to correct many of those misperceptions, especially in our state. In fact, the study’s findings demonstrate a wealth of contributions to the economic, cultural, and political life of Michigan, which has been a magnet not just for Muslims from the Middle East, but from South Asia, West Africa, and Muslim communities from around the world.

Professionally speaking, Michigan’s Muslims punch well above their weight. More than 15 percent of Michigan’s medical doctors are Muslim, as are more than 10 percent of all pharmacists, more than 7 percent of all dentists, 6.9 percent of podiatrists, and 6.1 percent of osteopaths. These Muslim medical professionals provide 1.6 million appointments to patients per year, indirectly support 39,987 jobs, and fill more than 15 million retail drug prescriptions annually.
Michigan Muslims also have a serious philanthropic streak. In 2015, donations from Michigan Muslims to charity totaled more than $177 million of money, 650 tons of food, 45,000 articles of clothing, 14,000 gallons of water, and much more. In fact, The average Michigan Muslim household spent 18 percent more in charity in 2015 than the average U.S. household.

When it comes to the STEM sector, where women are vastly underrepresented, holding only 24 percent of all STEM jobs in the United States, the study finds that Muslim women are leading the way to gender parity. They’re also spurring new developments in their respective areas of expertise, which the study illustrates with profiles of a half-dozen Muslim women working in such areas as highway safety, robotics, computer science, particle physics, and environmental remediation.

Perhaps most interesting to the average Michigander are the statistics on business and economics. The report finds that American Muslims constitute a whopping $5.5 billion of the consumer spending to Michigan’s economy. Compared to the nation generally, in 2015 Michigan Muslim households spent 20 percent more in total, including four times as much on education and twice as much on apparel and services. For that same year, the report finds that Muslims owned at least 35,835 businesses in Michigan, about 4.18 percent of all small businesses in the state, employing approximately 100,000 Michiganders.

The report finds a community that, far from being the threatening caricature often presented in mass media, is not only generous, industrious, creative, and skilled, but also extremely diverse. We spoke at length with Rebecca Karam, who filled the role of primary investigator and report author as part of her doctoral work, and present this abridged version of our chat in advance of her appearance Sept. 20, at the Plymouth Cultural Center.

 for details on her talk and an interesting video!!)

Rohingya Muslims crisis: ‘Guru ka langar’ begins at Bangladesh-Myanmar border, target 35,000 meals per day, On the first day of the langar, Sikh volunteers served cooked rice and vegetables.
Three days after Sikh volunteers from Khalsa Aid (India) arrived in Bangladesh-Myanmar border to begin relief work for Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, they finally got the go ahead from the Bangladesh government to start the Guru ka langar (community kitchen preparing and serving fresh hot meals) on Thursday.
The Khalsa Aid team, which is camping in the border town of Teknaf, told The Indian Express that the Bangladesh government finally gave all the clearances and permissions required to serve meals to the refugees. The team was initially distributing packed food items and water to the refugees.

Three days after Sikh volunteers from Khalsa Aid (India) arrived in Bangladesh-Myanmar border to begin relief work for Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, they finally got the go ahead from the Bangladesh government to start the Guru ka langar (community kitchen preparing and serving fresh hot meals) on Thursday.
The Khalsa Aid team, which is camping in the border town of Teknaf, told The Indian Express that the Bangladesh government finally gave all the clearances and permissions required to serve meals to the refugees. The team was initially distributing packed food items and water to the refugees.

The Khalsa Aid team, which is camping in the border town of Teknaf said that the Bangladesh government finally gave all the clearances and permissions required to serve meals to the refugees

On Thursday, the langar sewa began at a spot on Shahpuri Island (also known as Shapuree Island) where the refugees from Myanmar are landing after traveling for days in rickety boats.
Speaking to The Indian Express over phone, Amarpreet Singh, managing director, India for Khalsa Aid, said, “We cooked and served the first langar meals here today. We had purchased raw materials like rice, vegetables and big utensils on Wednesday after getting required permissions from the government of Bangladesh. The initial target is at least 35,000 meals per day. However seeing the increasing number of refugees here, we know it won’t be enough to feed all but we had to start somewhere.”

Sikh volunteers say they will initially serve at least 35,000 meals per day. (Source: Khalsa Aid)

Seeing the ‘miserable state’ of the refugees, especially children who haven’t eaten for days, it was difficult for the team to decide from where langar should start, he added.
“We feared that there might be a stampede seeing food being served here. There are at least 3 lakh refugees here already. But a beginning had to be made though we cannot feed everyone here in a single day. People are in dire need of food here. Children are roaming and begging on roads for food. The condition continues to be miserable,” he said.
On the first day of the langar, Sikh volunteers served cooked rice and vegetables.
However, starting the community kitchen and making all preparations in the border town of Bangladesh, which continues to be flooded with Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, wasn’t easy as the team initially faced some hiccups.
“We went to local markets to purchase utensils and raw materials. But some shopkeepers inflated the rates and quoted double prices seeing that we are outsiders. However many locals also helped us in making arrangements. We managed somehow. Attitude of the locals towards Rohingyas is varying at individual level. Some are really compassionate and trying to help them. They are even coming from far off areas to help them but then some are not. They are seeing them as burden on their country,” said Singh.
Before serving the meals, an ardaas (a prayer) was performed.
On Monday, The Indian Express first reported that a team of Sikh volunteers from India reached Bangladesh- Myanmar border town Teknaf to start relief operations and provide food to the Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Myanmar. The team told The Indian Express that the “condition at the border was miserable to say the least” and that their first priority would be to “provide food” to as many persons as possible.
Meanwhile, the Khalsa Aid volunteers back home are organizing fundraisers for the langar sewa at Bangladesh border. Gursahib Singh, a volunteer in Ludhiana said, “The langar there can continue only if we have requisite funds. We request people to donate for the sake of humanity. Please forget about religion barriers and think about the children who are sleeping with empty stomachs. They are also humans.”

Local Bangladeshi Muslims, Sikhs join hands to contribute for Rohingya kitchen
Shahi Imam Habib-ur-Rahman and Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib Mukh Sewadar Pritpal Singh felicitate functionaries of Khalsa Aid at Jama Masjid in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma
In a humanitarian gesture to Rohingya refugees taking shelter in Bangladesh, members of the local Muslim community have contributed Rs 9.32 lakh, which also include a contribution of Rs 1 Lakh from Pritpal Singh, Mukh Sewadar of Gurdwara Dukh Niwaran Sahib. The money will be donated to Khalsa Aid, a voluntary body, which has been running a langar (community kitchen) for the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. In a function held at Jama Masjid here today, the Shahi Imam of Punjab, Habib-ur-Rahman, felicitated the functionaries of Khalsa Aid for their noble gesture towards humanity. Speaking on the occasion, the Shahi Imam said atrocities being inflicted upon the Rohingyas were an attack on human kind, which the entire world ought to condemn unequivocally. He said Islam religion had always preached communal amity, brotherhood and to extend all possible assistance to victims of excesses irrespective of their caste, creed or religion. He claimed that the Muslim community had always remained at the forefront to take a stand against communal violence and acts of terrorism while at the same time extending help hand during national calamities, border conflicts and serving in the armed forces.

New York City Muslims and Jews March
 to Support the Rohingya
By Kat Moon on October 1, 2017
“Building Bridges” was the theme of the 32nd Annual Muslim Day Parade.

A few hundred people marched down Madison Avenue last Sunday in the 32nd Annual Muslim Day Parade. For the first time in its history, a rabbi served as the honorary grand marshal at the parade. Imam Shamsi Ali, President of the Muslim Foundation of America-the group that organizes the annual event, invited Rabbi Marc Schneier in order to send a message of unity. Imam Ali said that he and Rabbi Schneier, who is the President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, have had a long working relationship speaking against religious persecution, specifically against Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism. Rabbi Schneier’s presence at the parade reflects the theme of the 32 nd Annual Muslim Day Parade: Building Bridges. Imam Ali urged for communities of different faiths to connect and help fight each other’s battle. “Islamophobia is not my fight, this is his fight,” Imam Ali stated, referring to Rabbi Schneier, “And let me just tell you too, that Anti-Semitism is not his fight, this is my fight.”
At this year’s parade, the Muslim community was fighting for the rights of a specific people: the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Participants carried signs that read “We Are All Rohingya” and “Stop Genocide,” some of which contained graphic images of murdered Rohingya children. As the participants walked, they chanted, “Break the silence, end the violence.”
Rukayah Alom (middle left), Roaa Ayoub (middle right), and their friends carry signs supporting Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
Roaa Ayoub, a 17-year old girl from Palestine, carried a self-made sign that read, “Stop the Genocide.” She said she was participating in a parade for the first time in her life, and walked alongside friends who held signs saying, “Rise for Rohingya,” and “Save Rohingya Save Humanity.”
“We’re here to stop the genocide because Burma people are being killed, raped,” Ayoub explained, “And all of that just because they’re Muslims.” The genocide that Ayoub spoke of is what the Human Rights Watch has described as an “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingyas by the military regime in Myanmar formerly known as Burma. The Rohingyas are a stateless people, predominantly Muslim, living in a Buddhist-majority country. Hundreds of thousands of them have been forced to flee Myanmar because of crackdowns by the government’s security forces-which have involved rape, torture, and murder.
Kaji Uddin, 63, was another participant who attended the parade to stand in solidarity with Rohingya Muslims. Uddin moved from Bangladesh to New York three months ago. In his limited English, he said, “We want peace.” As the Muslim community walked to express their solidarity with the Rohingya people in Myanmar, individuals from other religious groups walked to express their solidarity with the Muslim community. The presence of the Jewish community at the parade extended beyond Rabbi Schneier’s role as a grand marshal. Different Jewish organizations marched alongside Muslim men and women. One of these groups was Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), a Jewish synagogue that welcomes LGBTQ members.
A representative of CBST, Sabrina Farber, 53, explained that the synagogue’s participation was an outgrowth of a relationship with the mosque that developed after the November, 2016 presidential election. “We wanted them to feel like they were not alone,” she said. “We feel that Muslims are an important part of our community, an important part of our country. We refuse to let the administration in Washington change those realities.”At the end of his speech, Imam Ali thanked Mayor Bill de Blasio (who did not attend) for having declared that “New York is one New York.” “It’s not only white New Yorkers, it’s not only black New Yorkers,” Imam Ali said, “it’s one New York.”

Bahais mark 200th birthday of their messenger,
whose focus on equality resonates today
The Bahai faith is one of the youngest world religions – on Sunday, it will celebrate the birthday of its messenger, Baha’u’llah, who was born just 200 years ago. But to the kids bouncing off the purple-painted walls on 14th Street, that’s ancient history.
“My name is Baha’u’llah Junior!” Menkem Sium calls out jokingly. “My dad is 200 years old!” Baha’u’llah, who was born in Tehran in 1817, might not recognize the religion based on his teachings today, in its vibrant form in the District. Fourteen youth groups teach crafts and games and vocabulary to about 120 teenagers, including the enthusiastic Sium. About 190 younger children participate in 20 Bahai children’s classes. All over the city, Bahai devotees and other curious adults gather in private homes and a stately 16th Street NW worship center, each night of the week, for 35 different regular study circles and 45 devotional meetings.
On Sunday, local followers of the faith will congregate for an extravaganza of artistic performances in English and Spanish, and plenty of food, to celebrate the 200th birthday of the visionary leader behind it all. Their celebration will focus on racial unity: one of Baha’u’llah’s foremost goals, which remains elusive and just as relevant today.
Baha’u’llah was born two years before a man who eventually came to call himself the Bab. The Bab announced in 1844, at age 25, that he had come to proclaim the arrival of the next great messenger, a man who would follow in the tradition of earlier religious messengers – Jesus, Muhammad, Buddha, Krishna, and so on. Hundreds of people became followers of the Bab, before he was executed for his beliefs in 1850.
Thirteen years later, Baha’u’llah revealed himself: He was the messenger whom the Bab had promised. He too was imprisoned and harassed for much of the next 40 years, while he wrote the works that became the basis of the Bahai faith. The religion places a heavy emphasis on equality, and Baha’u’llah’s writings taught about harmony among men and women, people of all races, science and religion, and all forms of faith.
Today, gorgeous Bahai temples stand on each continent but Antarctica, as architectural icons in places from Cambodia to Uganda to the suburbs of Chicago. Bahai communities – some still persecuted in the Middle East, many thriving in tolerant nations – gather for worship in almost every country. And here in Columbia Heights, a raucous group of teenagers is learning to pray.
“Oh Lord,” Anais Basora, 11, reads aloud. “Confer thy bounty. …”
Navid Shahidinejad, the leader of this Bahai youth group meeting at the Rita Bright Community Center, prods Basora, “Do you know what ‘bounty’ means?” Basora isn’t Bahai. Most of the teenagers in the “junior youth empowerment” groups run by Bahai believers in the District are not members of the faith, based on the Bahai tenet of treating equally people of all religions.
“When I look at the revelation of Baha’u’llah and its purpose to unify mankind, I find that this revelation is for everybody, and all are welcome to participate,” said Maryam Esmaeili, a leader in the District’s Bahai community. She runs her own youth group using the same Bahai curriculum at a second location in Columbia Heights; this week, she helped out in Shahidinejad’s group as well. “Universal participation is absolutely necessary to build a better world. It’s not in the hands of only Bahais.” Esmaeili and Shahidinejad said the intent of opening these youth groups to nonbelievers isn’t to convert the teenagers; after all, their faith preaches that all religions are equal. That being said, they encourage children and parents who are interested in Bahai practices to learn more outside the youth group. The Bahai focus on racial equality is often what interests parents, who sometimes start learning the prayers with their kids and check out events at the 16th Street center.
The religion is too small for the Pew Research Center or other polling groups to have gathered much data on it, but the Bahai International Community says there are more than 5 million adherents worldwide and about 340 in the District, with additional Bahai communities in the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. On Sunday, the community will host its major celebration of Baha’u’llah’s 200th birthday at Woodrow Wilson High School.
Abdul Hill, the athletics manager at the Rita Bright Community Center, said he likes having the Bahai youth group there since it introduces the children to another culture and since the education on how to pray helps them deepen their own faith, whatever their religion might be. “A lot of them don’t go to church,” Hill said. “Something like this is very big for them, just having that structure as a human being on Earth.”
On Thursday night, after the teenagers practiced memorizing a prayer drawn from Baha’u’llah’s writings and played an energetic name game, they sat down in a circle to think up ideas for their next service project, a core part of the Bahai curriculum.
The kids have decided that they want to visit children with cancer. Shahidinejad mostly lets them think through their ideas on their own.
“I know that they like the jello and the pudding,” Sium, 13, says. One teen suggests that they bring video games to the patients, and Basora suggests bringing teddy bears. “I’ve got a bunch,” she says, then she thinks better of it. “No, I’m not giving them.”
One of the adults suggests writing cards, and Basora says, “No, that’s for the vegetarians.”
There’s a rare moment of silence. All the kids stare at her for a moment, then figure out what she meant: veterans. Good-natured giggles ripple around the circle. This process is central to the curriculum, which focuses on social justice. “The revelation of Baha’u’llah, which talks about the oneness of mankind, is so grand in itself,” Esmaeili said. “That is where this idea of unity becomes more possible: just being able to support youth and middle-schoolers in developing an understanding of their twofold moral purpose, that they have qualities that can be used to serve others.” Esmaeili, who grew up in a Bahai home in El Salvador, said she often meets people who are surprised to learn about the Bahai community running so many programs for people of all ages in the District and many other American cities. One of the first assignments in the adult-study circles is to visit a friend and share a prayer with him or her, she said. “Sometimes that sounds very odd, in a city like D.C., that people are actually doing this,” she said. But the kids in the youth group don’t seem to find it odd at all.

Highlighting innovations and technologies that were the hallmark of Islam’s Golden Age of Civilization and which also gave way to modern marvels such as Global Positioning Systems and the development of coffee as the world’s most sipped beverage, The Michigan Science Center along with a diverse partnership of sponsors welcomed the exhibit 1001 Inventions to Detroit which will run now through Jan. 7, 2018.
Detroit is only the fourth U.S. city to host this exhibit and its stay at the Michigan Science Center marks its first time back in the country in five years. The exhibit is free to visitors with their general museum admission. For details about the exhibit, go to mi-sci.org
1001 Inventions showcases the diverse spectrum of bold thinkers and new technologies that were nurtured during the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization which started in the 7th Century and led through the era leading up to the European Renaissance, an era often referred to as the “Dark Ages” in Europe.
Visitors will be guided through seven interactive exhibit zones covering 9,000 square feet where they will learn how inventions in the Ancient Islamic world were introduced to modern civilization via inventors of various ethnicities, cultures, and religions including but not limited to architecture, library systems, astronomy and medicine among other studies.
“As an engineer, I have been passionate about innovation, science, technology, and invention for as long as I can remember,” said Dr. Dima El-Gamal, Friends of 1001 Inventions Michigan Chair during the exhibit’s opening earlier in October. “Therefore, having an admiration for the 1001 Inventions came naturally. As a woman, I was fascinated by the contributions of Women to STEM during the Golden Age of Civilization. “
Dr. El-Gamal said the exhibit was made possible by the dedication of The Friends of 1001 Inventions Michigan – a diverse group of supporters comprised of over 200 dedicated families, businesses, institutions, and organizations from across Michigan and Ohio – who recognized that the Golden Age “mirrors the diversity and creativity found within the metro Detroit area.”
For further exploration, the Science Museum invites visitors to participate in special Wednesday night programs Oct. 18 – Dec. 27 that will delve into individual aspects of the exhibit, such as learning about the origins of the number zero, brushing up on your chess or astronomy skills, or celebrating the accomplishments of women in STEM. These evenings are $10, advance registration is requested. For more information, visit mi-sci.org or call (313) 577-8400

Jews and Chaldeans come together at the newly opened Chaldean Cultural Center in West Bloomfield.
On October 4th, 2017 about 20 Jews and Chaldeans met to view the newly opened Chaldean Cultural Center. Mary Romaya, Director at the Chaldean Cultural Center, took us on a wonderful tour of the museum. After more than decade of curating artifacts and replicas, the museum at the Shenandoah Country Club in West Bloomfield opened last May. Representing thousands of years of history, the museum consists of five galleries ranging from ancient Chaldean culture, faith, and church, village life, the journey to America, and Chaldean culture today. Chaldeans have been living in Detroit for more than five generations. The Chaldean culture originates from Iraq and Syria (originally Mesopotamia), and today there are about 500,000 Chaldeans in the United States, with about 150,000 of whom live in metro Detroit.  Call 248-681-5050 to check their hours, and to see if you can connect with a docent when you make your visit!

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