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Though relations between Jews and Muslims in America have at times been tense, there have been recent hopeful signs as the two groups seek to find common ground. In the winter 2012 issue of B’nai B’rith Magazine, writer Dina Kraft explains how Muslims and Jews are setting aside their differences and participating in interfaith programs at synagogues and mosques.

Readers will also find a recap of the 2012 B’nai B’rith policy conference held in Washington, D.C. B’nai B’rith members from all over the world attended the four-day conference that featured prominent speakers—including Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., professor Jonathan Sarna of Brandeis University and Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren—and a visit to Capitol Hill to advocate on behalf of vital B’nai B’rith issues such as the security of Israel and health care for seniors. Members also re-elected Allan J. Jacobs as president of the organization.

Elsewhere in the issue, Hillel Kuttler writes about a running club in the small Israeli city of Beit Shemesh that brings together secular and Modern Orthodox Jews in a common pursuit that transcends the religious divide.

Despite living in Israel for generations and integrating themselves into Israeli society, Indian-Israelis have retained much of their Indian culture and heritage, writes Robert Hirschfield. In recent years though, many have had the opportunity to travel back to the Asian subcontinent and re-immerse themselves in the culture of their ancestors, revitalizing their Indian identity.

All of these articles and more can be found in the winter 2012 issue of B’nai B’rith Magazine by clicking here.