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Invited to a synagogue

Should I let my son go?

Q: My son has been invited to services at his friend's synagogue. Should I let him go?

designpicsA: Absolutely — and ask if you can go along too. Learning about different faith traditions helps us grow in our understanding and love for our neighbors. What's more, it also helps us focus on the elements of our faith that we share in common with others. For example, Christians share with Jews and Muslims the story of Abraham, a patriarch of all three religions. Build upon the hospitality expressed by your child's friend. Extend an invitation to his or her family to attend worship with you at your congregation, and look for ways to continue interfaith dialogue between your two homes and communities of faith.


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