Story also published in Washington Jewish Week
“Aside from hosting these events, living under the same roof also enabled the fellows to have nuanced conversations about issues unraveling around them. They said they spoke often about how to best look out for each other’s safety during the pandemic, what it means for a Black person to live through the social upheaval they were experiencing, and how Muslim and Jewish people face Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Race and religion and religious oppression were common issues of discussion.”
“The four roommates, known as “fellows,” maintain their day jobs but agree to live under the same roof in a co-living and co-creating space for one to two years to learn from one another’s traditions and to organize and host interfaith events and programs for the public. Their shared mantra: “gathering not othering.”
“Trying to bring people together to talk through difference and conflict, the bridge-building profession … it’s one of the fields or realms that is suffering right now,” Ferdman said. “But it’s also an area for innovation and the fellows are doing that — [discovering] how do you come together across differences, how do you learn together when you can’t physically be together?”
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“An interfaith cohousing: living together under the same roof, not by chance, but by choice. And not living in the sense of merely existing side by side, but in that of doing together: sharing, learning, celebrating. To be flatmates, but also partners who share a common vision: making the “other” a little less other.”