Interfaith exchange builds bridges at Thornhill Jewish, Muslim, Catholic schools

TH_Leo_Baeck-AsSadiq2_WEB___ContentRabbi Noam Katz, dean of Jewish Living at Leo Baeck Day School, and Jewish students visited the nearby As-Sadiq Islamic School in Thornhill, launching an interfaith venture which will extend to a Catholic school, as well.

How can you love your neighbour if you don’t know him?

That’s the question behind a new interfaith initiative in York Region that brings students from Jewish, Islamic and Christian schools together.

Grade 7 students at the Leo Baeck Day School’s North Campus and their counterparts at the As-Sadiq Islamic School along with St. Joseph the Worker Catholic School have launched a series of visits to build bridges between their faiths.

“With Toronto being the multicultural place that it is, we believe it is important not just to study and learn in a hypothetical way about people with different faith backgrounds, but to meet them,” said Rabbi Noam Katz, dean of Jewish Living at Leo Baeck campus in Thornhill.

“We are taught to love thy neighbour as thyself, but how can you love your neighbour if you don’t know him?”

The first visit took place last month, when Leo Baeck students visited As-Sadiq in Thornhill.

“We were first welcomed into the community’s mosque and received an introduction to Islam from their Imam,” said Katz.

“Next, I was invited to share a few words about Judaism and, specifically, the teachings and values of Reform Judaism”…

Note to Frau Katze: The As-Sadiq islamic school is run by the Khomeinists of the  Jaffari Centre.

The people who brought you the Jews =Nazis school text book among many other expressions of vibrant diversity.


I do not know who is behind As-Sadiq Islamic School — it is either Ahmadis or regular Muslims who are bending the rules, if not outright lying.

Turkey’s highest religious authority has said that interfaith dialogue is meaningless and should be restricted to functional matters such as zoning permits and the like. The Western media never report it (the news came from a Turkish online new source that is allied closely with the Turkish government).

Instead we get endless misleading articles like this. 

  • moraywatson

    Do I get to guess which girls in the picture are the muslims?

    • Petey

      Stupid bints. Hold a lighter to those scarves and they’d go up like candles. Toasty toasty.

  • Frau the as-sadiq islamic school is run by the Khomeinists of the

    The people who brought you the Jews =Nazis school text among many other expressions of vibrant diversity.

    • Frau Katze

      I see. So, flat out taqiyya.

      • Minicapt

        “Ja’far As-Sadiq”, the Sixth Imam, was the developer of Taqiyya.


  • marty_p

    My kids went to Leo Baeck. Not because we follow Reform Judaism but because (at the time) it had a good reputation. Over the years both my kids attended the school declined to the point we would have pulled them had they not graduated.. They are deluded much like the Left Wing small L liberal Jews that support J-Street if they think making nicey nicey with the Mo’s is going to make them like Jews.

  • ontario john

    Picture reminds me of the sesame street song, which one of this group doesn’t belong with the other. I like the comment from the muslim students, we want to reach out in interfaith dialogue, meet other faith groups, and then kill them.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Now it’s time to play our game
      It’s time to play our – BOOM!

  • Pontifex Maximus

    In political jargon, useful idiot is a term for people perceived as propagandists for a cause whose goals they are not fully aware of, and who are used cynically by the leaders of the cause. Despite often being attributed to Vladimir Lenin, in 1987, Grant Harris, senior reference librarian at the Library of Congress, declared that “We have not been able to identify this phrase among [Lenin’s] published works.”

    The term has been used in a similar sense as fellow travellers and other Communism or Soviet Union sympathizers in Western countries during the Cold War. The implication was that, although the people in question naïvely thought of themselves as standing for a benignsocialist ideological cause, and as valued allies of the Soviet Union, they were actually held in contempt and were being cynically used by the Communist Party of Soviet Union for subversive activities in their native Western countries. The use of the term in political discourse has since been extended to other propagandists, especially those who are seen to unwittingly support a malignant cause which they naïvely believe to be a force for good.

    A New York Times article from 1948, on contemporary Italian politics, documented usage of the term in an article from the social-democratic Italian paper L’Umanita. The French equivalent, “idiots utiles”, was used in a newspaper article title in 1946.

    A similar term, useful innocents, appears in Austrian-American economist Ludwig von Mises’s “Planned Chaos” (1947). Von Mises claims the term was used by communists for liberals that Von Mises describes as “confused and misguided sympathizers.”

  • Gary

    These faux outreach plans to build bridges always seem to be that people are forced to visit the mosque that dictates the rules . Lets see how tolerant Muslims are if they visit a Church and some christians had eaten pork earlier and won’t follow sharia to make the Church Halal Compliant .

    These taqiyyah weasels remind me of a friend that had pet Piranha in a huge tank and he fed them gold fish. The piranha were smart and didn’t want to spend more energy catching the gold fish that it was for calories , so my friend drops in a live gold fish that panics and swims around in fear of these huge fish.
    The piranha played it cool and earned the trust of their dinner , and once the gold fish felt secure with these ‘ friendly’ giants it calmly swam around . So as I saw the fish get near the mouth of the Piranha it popped its jaw open that sucked in water and the gold fish to bite off its tail . Now the dinner didn’t have the speed to get away , next came the kill where the piranha attacked from behind and chomped off the body as I saw the head fall to the bottom of the tank and the head kept pumping water past the gills until it died.
    Justin is the gold fish according to the whahhabi sunni muslims , and it’s easier to pretend to be peaceful and build peaceful mosques and get peaceful muslims into the Government and Police .

    After 9/11/01, I read the quran that was posted on middle east websites and I don’t care what Imams in Canada try to tell me about how ISIS and hamas have it all wrong. The idea behind these muslims to bring in Jews and Christians is to try to get converts and paint a peaceful picture of islam to their face as the Imams and followers plot against in private behind closed doors.

    I’d love to see msulims in a Church that don’t try to impose Sharia and force people to make them feel good to not praise Jesus .

  • Gaian

    “How can you love your neighbour if you don’t know him?”

    How can I hate syphilis if I don’t catch it?