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First Interfaith Peace Camp in Halton a big success

During the inaugural session of the Halton Interfaith Peace camp, which took place in Oakville from July 9-13, 2018, campers came to Shaarei-Beth El synagogue to learn about Judaism. The Interfaith council of Halton has in its mission the goal of bringing people of different faiths together for education and fellowship, but it was even more important after the shooting at a mosque in Quebec in January of 2017. The Council, quickly mobilized a response to this attack by organizing a ring of peace around the Al Falah mosque in north Oakville, in conjunction with similar interfaith rallies across...

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Protective ‘rings of peace’ to be formed around 7 mosques across Toronto

The peace rings are among many rallies and other community-based efforts to reach out to Canadian Muslims in the wake of Sunday’s shooting at a mosque in Quebec City. A group of Toronto-based Jewish organizations is leading an interfaith effort to express support for Canada’s Muslim community on Friday. A local rabbi has galvanized synagogues and organized groups throughout the city to form “rings of peace” around mosques during Islamic mid-day prayer services. The peace rings are among many rallies and other community-based efforts to reach out to Canadian Muslims in the wake of Sunday’s massacre at a mosque...

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Oakville Peace Circle Shows Support For Mosque

More than 100 people braved the cold to show their support for the Muslim community at a Peace Circle organized by the Interfaith Council of Halton on Friday, Feb. 3, at the Al Falah Islamic Centre. As the Muslim community attended midday prayer services, participants created an honour guard at both doors as members of the mosque entered. People then formed a circle while prayers were going on. “We are together in faith,” said Rabbi Steven Wise, chair of the Interfaith Council of Halton, who helped organize the Peace Circle. “We are together in love.” Participants were both young...

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Interfaith Walk in Oakville to showcase faiths working together

When the Interfaith Council of Halton (IFCH) formed after 9/11, it did so to educate its members, and the public, about the diverse faiths in the region. “Because that was such a dramatic and catastrophic event, the faith leaders here wanted to try to learn more about each other and develop more relationships among our faith groups,” said Rabbi Stephen Wise of Shaarei-Beth El Congregation, who is one of the IFCH’s founders and leaders. One of the ways to do that, the council decided, was to hold an Interfaith Peace Walk in Oakville this Sunday (May 15). “One of...

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Oakville pays tribute to victims of shooting in Orlando

No matter where tragedy strikes, it always hits close to home. This was evident Thursday (June 16) night at Oakville’s Towne Square, where 250-300 people gathered at a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the June 12 shootings (49 dead, 53 injured) in an Orlando, Fla., nightclub that mainly catered to members of the LGBT community. Organized by resident Mason Saunders and Ward 6 Town Councillor Natalia Lishchyna, the half-hour vigil featured performances from Theatre Sheridan students and Jasmine Samadhin, a prayer led by Rabbi Stephen Wise and Interfaith Council of Halton (IFCH) members and other tributes. A...

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