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Maktuv*: An Afternoon of Islamic and Jewish Calligraphy

By: | posted on: Dec 5, 2019

Date(s) - 12/05/2019
6:45 pm - 9:00 pm

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Interfaith Space at Marble Collegiate Church


15-50 USD
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NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee


Join the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee for an interactive workshop led by experiential educator and artist Ruben Shimonov. We will explore the significance of Arabic in Islam and Hebrew in Judaism, as well as the close relationship between both Semitic languages. It’ll be a space to share our personal connections with the holy languages of our respective faiths and to engage with these two languages through a hands-on calligraphy workshop! No background in Arabic or Hebrew calligraphy necessary. Refreshments will be served, all supplies will be provided.

*As cognates, Maktoob and Ketuv mean “written” in Arabic and Hebrew respectively.

About the workshop facilitator: Ruben Shimonov is an educator, community builder and social innovator based in New York City. Born in Uzbekistan, Ruben belongs to the native Persian-speaking Jewish population of Central Asia. This community—the Bukharian Jews—have lived alongside their Muslim neighbors for 1300 years, engaging in cultural and intellectual interactions. Given his background, Ruben possesses a strong passion for Muslim-Jewish community building. He has brought this interest to his academic, professional and community leadership work, including his involvement with the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee where he currently serves as the Director of Educational Experiences and Programming. His interest in Muslim-Jewish interfaith engagement has also informed his artistic work, inspiring him to create multilingual calligraphy that juxtaposes and weaves together Hebrew, Arabic, and Persian. He uses his passion for Islamic and Jewish calligraphy to create dynamic interfaith workshops that engage participants in experiential learning, group exploration and relationship building.

If cost is preventing you from attending please email

The Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee’s Interfaith Space project is generously supported by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, and Intersections International.

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