Introduction to the Halaqa-Seder Program

One of the profound commonalities connecting Muslims and Jews is the Exodus story, found in the key sacred texts of each of our faiths—in the Qur’an of Islam and the Torah of Judaism. This narrative is foundational to Jewish existence and also of great importance to Muslims—Moses is mentioned more frequently in the Qur’an than any other prophet. Halaqa is a Muslim term denoting a gathering (often involving food) to study a religious text. The Jewish Seder is a ceremonial meal celebrated at Passover, the holiday commemorating the Exodus, which includes as one of its primary components the recitation and study of the Exodus narrative. Both celebrations have in common the conjunction of a convivial meal and convivial study, expressing the spirit in which we want to meet.

Host your own Halaqa-Seder

We hope that this project serves to bring American Muslims and American Jews together to share their rich spiritual heritages and to grow together toward the understanding and peace that we all long and strive for. Following our own success with this event, we would be delighted to support friends, family and interfaith groups or panels interested in partaking in this special event. We would be happy to share our materials and past examples, as well as put information about your event on our website. We have a kit accessible which outlines the agenda, timeline, scripts, questions, and past success of the event.

To learn more about the Halaqa-Seder program, please check out our past events with videos, pictures, and more.