Rabbi Joseph Potasnik (left) and Mohammad Modarres
In this episode of Interfaith Matters, two New York City leaders – one Jewish and one Muslim – discuss the importance of food in bringing people together across lines of cultural and religious difference.
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis and co-host of “The Rev and The Rabbi” program on 77 WABC Radio, is a leading advocate for offering kosher and halal meals in New York City’s public schools, an initiative which received funding last year to launch a pilot program.
Mohammad Modarres, a TED resident and keynote speaker, is the founder of Abe’s Meats, a business that produces meats which are both Zabihah Halal and Glatt Kosher. Proceeds from Abe’s Meats are used to fund Interfaith Ventures, a nonprofit that Mohammad co-founded to promote interfaith dialogue and unity.
Rabbi Potasnik and Mohammad Modarres met up recently for this conversation on food and faith in the Library of the East End Temple, with a few friends in the audience.
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