Tonight as Muslims in Syracuse broke their fasts with the traditional sip of water and a date, they did so alongside Jewish neighbors.
While Jews and Muslims exchange rocket fire in the Middle East, both communities in Central New York united to break their respective fasts as the Jewish fast of Tammuz coincided today with the holy month of Ramadan.
"We're both fasting so that's more of a bond," said Mohamed Khater, president of the Islamic Society of Central New York. "We can talk about how we fast and what is the significance, for both of us to sit down and appreciate one another."
The communities, along with many in cities across the country, dedicated today's fasts to the pursuit of peace in the Middle East.
"The more we can show that we can come together and get along and trust each other, then the more hope there is for the Middle East and for the world," said Rabbi Daniel Fellman.
"[Does] this have some impact on the middle east? I absolutely believe it does," said William Redfield, now retired rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. "I believe that love is the strongest force in the universe and as we are willing to show each other our love like we're doing tonight, it really does make a difference."