A Ramadan interfaith iftar dinner event organized by Pacifica Institute brought together many faiths in a spirit of compassion, tolerance and mutual respect. Around 100 guests including faith leaders and members from different faiths gathered at the event to enjoy the unique iftar dinner experience.
The event started with the welcoming remarks by Fatih Ates. A multi faith prayer service in peace and remembrance of victims of horrific attacks in New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Pittsburgh and Poway was held by the representatives of different faiths.
Rabbi Daniel Lehmann, the keynote speaker at the gathering, spoke of the importance of a powerful response from religious communities against hatred and violence targeting places of worship. He expressed his gratitude for the interfaith gathering and wished for further dialog among all faiths.
The iftar started with a call to prayer. It was the first time for many quests to share the same dinner table with people from other faiths. The event gave an opportunity for a tolerant and peaceful society.