Muslim Jewish Christmas

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For 13 years, the Muslim-Jewish Christmas (MJC) has brought together thousands of Houstonians around the greater Houston area to break bread, laugh, cry, and learn from one another. This program is a unique and attention-grabbing opportunity bringing together Muslims and Jews around Christmas Eve to further their relationships through dialogue, activity, and a potluck meal.

Starting with one mosque and one synagogue in the first five years, our program has grown to include six synagogues and six mosques in two separate events. Developed through a layered process, our program provides a low-entry and media-worthy means of bringing 75-150 individuals together for a relationship-building event that can become a signature interfaith program in their respective communities. 

Previous programs have created conversations around sacred allyship, mercy, forgiveness, identifying hate, past struggles, and connections with our faith. Sharing intimate perspectives of our faith with others at our table deepens bonds between communities and their leadership. 

The goal of this event has always been very simple – to come together on a day when we don’t have any other commitments and talk about our similarities and differences surrounding a specific theme.

You don’t need to be a scholar to discuss yourself and your views. You need to be able to voice your opinions with honesty and compassion and have the ability to listen to another side.

Will there be food? Yes! It’s a potluck. Please bring a small appetizer you can share, preferably something you can share a story over.

KIDS? Bring them! We’ll have activities for children and teens.

Gallery Of Previous Muslim Jewish Christmas Events


Why Christmas?

It is an easy and ripe opportunity to bring together both communities because of the lack of programming, work, and school. 

Are Christians invited?

The MJC is a terrific time to focus exclusively on the relationship between Muslims and Jews. Christians are always invited, but they may be a little busy!

When can we cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

The MJC is an interfaith dialogue event focused on our faith systems. We recommend covering the conflict outside of this event, unless it comes up at an individual or group level organically. Ideally, there would be a pattern of engagement and trust prior to delving into such a sensitive topic.

What are examples of past themes?

In Houston, we have done programs related to the hereafter, charity, Muslim/Jewish identity struggles, mercy and forgiveness, raising a family in America as a minority, and standing together against hate.