SILICON VALLEY, Calif. — On June 7, 2015, more than 50 Jews, Christians and Muslims united to serve more than 200 meals to the hungry and homeless of San Jose at Cityteam Men’s Recovery Center. Volunteer orientation was held in Sunnyvale at Pacifica Institute Silicon Valley Branch, a Turkish-American Muslim community who sponsored the event with Congregation Beth David of Saratoga and Lincoln Glen Church of San Jose. Volunteers united in Jewish-Christian-Muslim buddy groups to prepare and serve the kosher and halal meal. Soon after hungry guests lined up for seconds, the main course (lasagna) was all gone. Just then, a Muslim volunteer pulled out a large pot of stewed beans and several trays of rice that she prepared earlier just in case. Event planners thanked God for prompting her accordingly. Volunteers dined together after all guests were served, enjoying good conversation over tasty food after working together several hours. Many guests and volunteers expressed great appreciation for the revani dessert, a specialty Turkish cake. The event finished with a prayer of thanksgiving, then rounds of applause for the event coordinators who worked to make the day of united collaboration so successful.
Photos courtesy of Hikmet Salih Ozkan, Susan Gavens, and Michelle Frank. Image Curator: Nathan Flohr.