Project Description






Photos of event by Harold Levine

Muslim-Jewish Engagement: What role can LGBT communities play?

In collaboration with the World Congress of GLBT Jews, CBST hosted a dialogue on one of the most important issues in religious life – Muslim-Jewish engagement.  How can LGBT communities foster mutual understanding and respect? Our guests were filmmaker Parvez Sharma and Rabbi Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, Ph.D.

Rabbi Fuchs-Kreimer, Ph.D. & Parvez Sharma

Rabbi Fuchs-Kreimer, Ph.D. is the Director of the Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives and Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She has been involved in interfaith dialogue for nearly four decades and blogs at and at The Huffington Post.

Parvez Sharma is a New York-based Indian Muslim filmmaker and writer. Sharma is best known for his two films, “A Jihad for Love” – which documents the lives of gay and lesbian Muslims, and for which he received the 2009 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary as well as seven other international awards – and, “A Sinner in Mecca.”

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Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) is a vibrant spiritual community and a progressive voice within Judaism.  Founded in 1973, CBST attracts and welcomes gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender, queer and straight individuals and families who share common values.  Passionate, provocative, and deeply Jewish, CBST champions a Judaism that rejoices in diversity, denounces social injustice wherever it exists, and strives for human rights for all people.
A Jihad for Love is a 2007 documentary film on the coexistence of Islam and homosexuality, created by Parvez Sharma.

Big Thanks!

  • Parvez Sharma, filmaker and writer
  • Rabbi Fuchs-Kreimer, Ph.D. of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
  • Rabbi Kleinbaum and Rabbi Bauer of CBST
  • Frank Giaoui, President of the World Congress
  • Pierre Vallet, music director of the NY Opera House
  • Josh Krutchen, volunteer of the WC and member of CBST

Photos of event by Harold Levine