Noor Cultural Centre

POSTPONED: A Jew and a Muslim, Part 2: Intertwined Histories of Anti-Semitism & Islamophobia

Mar 12th 2021

Postponement Statement
Noor Cultural Centre and Holy Blossom Temple interfaith committees have decided to postpone the joint program scheduled for Wednesday May 19 (on intertwined histories of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia) while the ongoing violence and hostilities in Israel/Palestine continue. 
Our mutual relations are very important to our respective communities, and we hope to be able to resume the series in time. 
In the meantime, we pray to be guided towards sincerely and meaningfully enacting the fundamental religious teaching we share – that all human lives have equal value and none is more dispensable than or lesser than another.

A Jew and a Muslim, Part 2: Intertwined Histories of Anti-Semitism & Islamophobia

Please join Holy Blossom Temple & Noor Cultural Centre for the second installment in this online interfaith series, generously sponsored by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Sun Life Financial.  See below for details about the entire program. 

This session will explore the centuries-long relationship between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, which is often erased in popular consciousness and anti-racist understanding.

Panelists –

Ivan Kalmar, PhD: Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto.  His work has focused on the image of “the Jew” in western Christian cultural history, and how it is related to the image of “the Muslim”.  Prof Kalmar has written numerous articles and book chapters on this subject. He has also authored several books, including most recently ‘Early Orientalism: Imagined Islam and the Notion of Sublime Power’.

Azeezah Kanji, LLM: legal academic and writer.  Her work focuses on issues relating to racism, law, and social justice.  Her writing has appeared in Al Jazeera English, Haaretz, Toronto Star, TruthOut, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, OpenDemocracy, and various other media outlets and academic anthologies and journals.  Azeezah also serves as Director of Programming at Noor Cultural Centre.

Read :Trump the ‘White Power Crusader’ Defends Christianity Against a Jewish-Muslim Plot” – by Azeezah Kanji & Ivan Kalmar (Haaretz, 2018)


Date: Wednesday May 19, 2021
Time: 7 – 8:30 pm
Admission: Free
Location: Zoom.  Click here at the appropriate date/time. 
Please note that you will be placed in the virtual ‘waiting room’ until the start of the program.


About the Series – A Jew & A Muslim Walk into a Zoom Room: Interfaith Educational & Cultural Series  

This is Part 2 of an online interfaith program organized by Noor Cultural Centre & Holy Blossom Temple.   Thank you to the Canadian Race Relations Foundation  and Sun Life Financial for its generous sponsorship of this program.

Holy Blossom Temple and Noor Cultural Centre have a long-standing interfaith friendship, grounded in celebration of our similarities, appreciation for our differences, a desire to understand one another, and a shared investment in combating all forms of racism and oppression.

This series is a continuation of that relationship, in the context of a pandemic that has isolated many of us from our communities, of faith and otherwise.

Please join us on Zoom for six sessions of interfaith community-building through comedy, music, film, and education and discussion about the various forms of racism that both impact us and that we are implicated in. Details about the remaining sessions to follow.