It’s difficult to imagine any political discussion today that does not include some mention of immigration. There are increasing concerns about border security, and ongoing debates about who we will allow in to our country and who we must keep out.
For the Jewish community, particularly among Survivors and their families, this concern feels in some ways like their own history. Jewish immigrants to America at the beginning of the 1900s and up to WWII era faced many of the same types of suspicions that Muslim-Americans, particularly immigrants, face today.
In response to these concerns, The Atlantic Institute will be partnering with the Holocaust Center and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida and on a special program entitled Is History Repeating Itself? Jewish and Muslim Immigrant Experiences in America. It is scheduled for Thursday February 25, 2016 and will be held at the Holocaust Center at 851 N Maitland Avenue in Maitland; there will be an informal reception at 6 PM followed by the program at 6:30.
Presenting will be Imam Abdullah Antepli, Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs at Duke University. As one of only 11 full-time Muslim chaplains on a U.S. university campus, he says he sees urgency around Jewish-Muslim relations in general, and in particular on college campuses in the United States.
Mitch Bloomer, Resource Teacher, Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center of Florida will also be participating, as will Pastor Jim Coffin, Executive Director of the Interfaith Council.
The program is open to the general public is and there is no cost to attend.