Israeli ambassador hosts Ramadan dinner - Israel News, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Building Bridges

Ambassador Michael Oren Photo: Israeli Embassy Washington
Ambassador Michael Oren Photo: Israeli Embassy Washington
 
 

Israeli ambassador hosts Ramadan dinner

Michael Oren holds 'Iftar' meal at DC residence to break traditional Muslim fast. Dining room temporarily converted into prayer room

Yitzhak Benhorin
Published: 08.26.11, 14:11 / Israel News

WASHINGTON – Israel's Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren hosted an "Iftar" – the daily meal traditionally eaten every night to break the Ramadan fast, at his DC residence Thursday night. Around 60 guests took part in the event, including dozens of representatives of the US Muslim community, government officials, congress members and diplomats.

 

The residence's dining room was temporarily converted into a prayer room – rugs were placed on the floor facing towards Mecca. 

Timing is Everything
Peres hosts Ramadan dinner / Ronen Medzini
President invites Egypt's deputy ambassador amid quarrel over apology, rocket fire in south
Full Story

 

Presiding over the kitchens was a chef from one of the many Arab embassies in Washington who made sure the celebratory meal was made in accordance with 'Halal' – Islamic laws.

 

Among the guests at the event was Farah Pandith, the first woman ever to be appointed to the role of US State Department Special Representative to the Muslim Communities. In contrast, the ambassador's wife Sally Oren was conspicuous in her absence.

Multi cultural Iftar meal at Israeli Embassy
Multi cultural Iftar meal at Israeli Embassy
 

The ambassador explained that his wife had undergone minor surgery and that she was hospitalized at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

 

Oren welcomed his guests and said that he was proud to host the first Iftar meal in his home. He added that he hoped that the evening marked the beginnings of a shared tradition of building bridges to mutual understanding and esteem which would start in Washington but reach the Middle East.

 

In closing he wished the participants a "Ramadan Karim" (a generous Ramadan) on behalf of the Israeli government and the Israeli people.

 

 

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
29 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions