Dear Families, Faculty and Friends: We are thrilled to announce the beginning of BRIJ’s collaboration with Partners in Peace, bringing together fifth grade students from the Jewish Community Day School and Islamic School of Rhode Island.
BRIJ - Building Relationships: Islam and Judaism - is a new initiative led by Brown University students that will expand the current Partners in Peace fifth grade exchange program. Our team has developed new curriculum alongside teachers from both schools as well as professors at Brown University. Grounded in the shared value of Tzedakah/Sadaqah, our interactive curriculum relates Jewish and Muslim teachings to direct service work and community building in Rhode Island. Our sessions are designed to strengthen students’ literacy skills and creative expression as we learn together through text-study, writing reflections and action projects. We cannot wait to begin and finally meet the students!
We look forward to sharing more details about our program and meeting all of the families at our upcoming BRIJ Brunch & Workshop on Sunday, February 11th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Brown University. Please click here for more details and to RSVP.
Thank you all for your support--this program would not be possible without you. We are truly grateful to Andrea Katzman from JCDS and Abdelnasser Hussein from ISRI for partnering with us at Brown University. Their expertise, guidance and generosity has been invaluable at every step of the process. We would also like to thank our partners at the Brown University Swearer Center for Engagement and our campus liaisons, Rabbi Michelle Dardashti and Adnan Wood-Smith, along with Reverend Janet Cooper-Nelson at the Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life.
Finally - to all the parents and students who are giving their support, time and effort to BRIJ every week - شكرا thank you, תודה רבה
If you have any questions or would like to offer feedback, feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you.
Wishing you all a Happy New Year! Sincerely, The BRIJ Team