WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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if you have ever traveled down Boston Post Road (Route 20) in Wayland, you've undoubtedly noticed the Islamic Center of Boston (ICB) and Temple Shir Tikva diagonally across the street, only a few hundred feet apart. Perhaps, as you have passed by, you have also hoped that the Muslim and Jewish houses of worship are taking advantage of their proximity to create bonds between the two communities. For, sadly, much of what we hear in the news is about the seemingly endless Arab/Israeli conflict in the Middle East and errant acts of terrorism around the world by religious extremists. Building interfaith bridges is precisely the goal of Neighbor to Neighbor, founded in 2009 by Joyce Pastor, a Weston resident, long- time member of Shir Tikva, and one of the founders of another like- minded, nonprofit organization, the Weston-Wayland Interfaith Action Group. The group brings together women from the mosque and the synagogue to build friendship, understanding, and respect through shared experiences. Joyce explains her motivation: "I am all about relationships. I believe relationships are the key to making the world a better place." E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer M A U R A WAY M A N photographer Neighbor to Neighbor Finding Common Ground, Fostering Friendships above: A few cultural objects members brought to share: an antique wooden box to hold an etrog, one of four fruits traditionally brought to the sukkah or shelter built for the holiday of Sukkot that marks the harvest season; a gold necklace with the word Allah or God; a yad or pointer for reading the Torah; a tallit or Jewish prayer shawl; and an Arabic calligraphic painting created by a member's daughter 118 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6

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