Musical Interfaith Celebration of Tu'Bishvat with Jewish Youth and Muslim Unaccompanied Minor Refugees
From 4:00pm until 8:30pm
At Interkulturelles Stadtteilzentrum DIVAN
Nehringstrasse 8, Berlin Charlottenburg
ACWAY / Faiths In Tune / +49 173 735 7780In recognition of WIHW, Faiths In Tune invited youth from the Jewish High School as well as Unaccompanied Minor Refugees from Muslim and other faith backgrounds to jointly celebrate the Jewish holiday of Tu'Bishvat in Berlin. Joined by a Jewish rabbinical student as well as a Muslim Imam, the youth planted some herbs and flowers together and then baked vegetarian pizza using the ingredients and fruits traditionally eaten for Tu'Bishvat. This was followed by live music offered by Jewish-Russian artist Alexey "Aletchko" Kochetkov, for which various people from the local neighbourhood joined the group. For all of the refugees, this was the first time they had contact with people of Jewish faith, and they were all impressed with the positive interaction between the Rabbi and Imam. Tu'Bishvat offered itself as an ideal holiday for an interfaith celebration, given its theme of nature, agriculture and environment which can be appreciated by people of all faith backgrounds. This activity was presented as part of the global ACWAY campaign for WIHW under the motto "Celebrating Diversity", with Faiths In Tune's Director Anja Fahlenkamp being an active member of ACWAY. Faiths In Tune is an international non-profit initiative that seeks to promote interfaith respect, dialogue and coexistence through music, most importantly with its annual Interfaith Music Festivals in Berlin and London (learn more at faithsintune.org), and that has in the past cooperated with diverse international actors including UNAOC or the 3FF on various interfaith musical and educational events. The activity was conducted by Faiths In Tune in cooperation with ACWAY, RAA Berlin, Forum Dialog and Divan.