Summit to combat religious tension held in Suffern

Jews, Christians and Muslims took part in a summit Wednesday morning to improve interfaith understanding in Rockland County. Leaders from a dozen religious groups sat

Rockland County Executive Ed Day sat with Rockland's top Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders to hopefully improve communication between the different cultures.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day sat with Rockland's top Jewish, Christian and Muslim faith leaders to hopefully improve communication between the different cultures. (5/13/15)

SUFFERN - Jews, Christians and Muslims took part in a summit Wednesday morning to improve interfaith understanding in Rockland County.

Leaders from a dozen religious groups sat down with County Executive Ed Day at Rockland Community College in Suffern to combat what some see as rising religious tension.

Earlier this month, four teens were arrested after pelting residents of the Hasidic community of New Square with eggs. The incident followed a YouTube video that compared conditions in Rockland to Nazi Germany.

In recent years, there have also been deepening tensions in Rockland along religious lines. One area of conflict is in the East Ramapo School District, where some feel the Orthodox Jewish community is using the district to help their religious schools.

Day says the summit opened a dialogue and will reduce tensions by getting people to work together.

No date has been set for another summit, but participants say they will be working together and in their own religious communities to improve relations.

 

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