When the Islamic Society of Mid-Manhattan mosque in mid-town Manhattan suffered severe fire damage, it left around 500 Muslims without a place to practice their faith. Upon hearing this, the Jewish representatives of the Central Synagogue welcomed them to their Lindenbaum Pavilion location so they could safely use the space for their afternoon prayer. Rabbi Angela Buchdahl published a photo of the event to Facebook on Friday, which has been shared thousands of time.
“Their Imam said this was the holiest moment he has experienced in New York,” wrote Buchdahl. “It is certainly one of ours as well.”
The Central Synagogue were inspired to share their space after experiencing their own devastating fire 20 years ago.
“It was without hesitation that we offered our space today to the Islamic Society to use for prayer,” wrote the synagogue Facebook page. “As we approach Shabbat, we are thinking of our neighbors overcoming the difficult road ahead, but know they will rebuild.”
This story is similar to another heartwarming tale from 2017 when a mosque in Texas burned. Watch the video below.