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What I want to do

Be of help to others and gain greater understanding of the world

What matters to me

My family, my community, all living things

What inspires me

Fadil Bayyari, a Muslim from the Palestinian Territories who is building our synagogue in the Ozarks

Fayetteville, AR USA

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TEMPLE SHALOM OF NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
October 22, 2009

This tiny congregation of 60 members in the heart of the Ozarks is building its first ever synagogue with the help of a Palestinian Muslim named Fadil Bayyari and the support of local Christian churches. Mr. Bayyari offered to build our synagogue at his cost as a way to bridge all differences between Muslims and Jews and to provide us with a beautiful house of worship. We have raised over $1.2 million to pay for the synagogue, money that has come from our membership and many community contributions. We worship under the leadership of a part-time rabbi and University of Arkansas Philosophy Professor Jacob Adler. Our congregation is quite representative of the diversity of our area, with Asian and Hispanic members and lots of folks who want to learn more about Judaism. We have held two "Faith to Faith" dinners at area churches which have raised almost $100,000 towards the remaining costs of completing our synagogue. I love beeing a part of a very small group of Jews who have become my family far from my roots in Boston. The involvement of Fadil Bayyari in our efforts to build a home for us is a seed of hope for a peaceful, loving future here in the Ozarks and throughout the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

being a part of a close and loving community of Jewish individuals and families, very accepting of all.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the friendship and support of all members and the willingness of everyone to pitch in and do his/her part to create a spiritual community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

complete the construction of our synagogue and begin an ongoing series of Faith to Faith classes, conferences and presentations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I am a member of the Temple Shalom fundraising committee and I send thank you's and acknowledgments to all who provide gifts.