Jewish Christian Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey hosting Breaking Bread event on May 7

The theme of this year’s Breaking Bread will be “Hate Has No Home Here.” The event is free to attend.

The Jewish Christian Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey will hosting its annual Breaking Bread event in Cherry Hill on Sunday, May 7. The theme of this year’s event is “Hate Has No Home Here.” The event will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Carman Tilelli Community Center.

The JCM Dialogue’s Breaking Bread events bring together South Jersey residents to reaffirm their shared commitment to zero tolerance for hate and bigotry. This year’s program will include three speakers. Paula Saillard is a Woodrow Wilson High School French teacher whose extraordinary dedication enabled her to find funding to take her 21 Camden students to Paris for a global educational experience. Mark Doorley is a member of Sacred Heart Church in Camden, and founder of the Center for Environmental Transformation. Misha Alkiyal is a member of the Muslim American Community Association in Voorhees and is involved in helping refugees in South Jersey through friendship and mentoring.

This interfaith event comes at a time when faith communities in the region and across the country have been the target of hate incidents. The nationwide increase in threats, vandalism and arson against Jewish and Muslim communities has also reached Cherry Hill, with a bomb threat against the Katz Jewish Community Center back in February. The JCM Dialogue event “Hate Has No Home Here” seeks to inspire members of the community to stand up to hate and bigotry, to get to know our neighbors, and to build relationships with people who hold different beliefs.

The event is co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey and the Cherry Hill Human Relations Advisory Committee. Admission is free, but seating is limited. To pre-register, email your name, phone number and number of attendees to breakingbreadadjcm@gmail.com.