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.