The Abraham House Interfaith Build

The congregation worked together with members of the Muslim community to build a home for a needy family while breaking down the barriers that existed between the two groups.

Congregation Beth El
1010 Charleston Drive
Tyler, Texas 75703
(903) 581-3764

Target Audiences: Adults and Multi-generational Social Action Program

In the most basic ways we are all the same. This concept is at the foundation of “The Abraham House Interfaith Build,” facilitated by Congregation Beth El and the Muslim Community of East Texas. The sons and daughters of Abraham came together to build a home and build a relationship. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity, a Christian organization, Jews and Muslims worked together to provide a new home for a needy family while it broke down stereotypes and built bridges between two communities

Congregation Beth El and the Muslim Community have continued to work together to expand the understanding and visions of co-existence both in their East Texas community and throughout the world. According to Rabbi Neal Katz, the most memorable aspect of this program was the dedication of the house in March 2005. Rabbi Katz remembered that special day, as one in which “Christian leaders, Jewish leaders, Muslim leaders and civic leaders were all speaking about the unity of our diverse community in East Texas. It was a proud day to be a part of that community.”