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Jews part of interfaith effort helping needy Moroccans at Ramadan
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Jews part of interfaith effort helping needy Moroccans at Ramadan

Chabad Rabbi Levi Banon handing a Ramadan gift bag to a Moroccan Muslim woman. (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews)
Chabad Rabbi Levi Banon handing a Ramadan gift bag to a Moroccan Muslim woman. (International Fellowship of Christians and Jews)

(JTA) — Chabad of Morocco joined a Christian-Jewish fellowship and a local Muslim group in an interfaith effort to provide food at Ramadan for thousands of needy Muslim families in the country.

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews and the Muslim group Mimouna, along with Chabad, teamed up to deliver 1,500 boxes of food worth some $60,000 to feed 8,000 needy Muslims in Kenitra, Rabat and Sale on Sunday.

Each box contained traditional Ramadan foods, including dates, tea, lentils, chickpeas, and other staples. The first-time partnership built on a pilot project by Chabad that last year provided 250 food packages for 1,300 people.

“We are privileged to help support Moroccans in need celebrate the holy month of Ramadan,” said Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, founder and president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, in a statement. “This inspiring initiative serves as a shining model of bridge-building between Christians, Jews and Muslims, and shows that the world’s faith communities can unite around shared values to make a difference for good.”

During Ramadan, a month of introspection, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.

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