A leading synagogue in New Jerseyâ€™s Teaneck town has honored the cityâ€™s Muslim mayor in recognition of his contributions to the community to dispel stereotypes and encourage harmony between different religious and ethnic groups, the NewJersey.com portal reported.
â€œHe [Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin] is a very dedicated public servant [and] heâ€™s been a great advocate on behalf of his own community, the Muslim community,â€ Rabbi Nati Helfgot told NorthJersey.com.
â€œProfessionally, heâ€™s done so many things besides the political sphere…Heâ€™s a man of faith [and] a great friend to the Jewish community.â€
Holding its 11th annual dinner, Netivot Shalom, a modern Orthodox synagogue in Teaneck honored Hameeduddin for his contributions to the community.
As part of the tribute, Hameeduddin received a rendering done by a Teaneck artist.
â€œThis is a very humbling experience,â€ the mayor said in his speech.
â€œTeaneck as I know is a very special place.
â€œItâ€™s very easy to be an observant Jew, [a] Muslim [or] in a minority community in this town because weâ€™re an incubator for understanding,â€ he added.
Hameeduddin praised the synagogueâ€™s understanding congregation.
â€œNetivot Shalom will always hold a special place in my heart,â€ he said.
â€œThe symbolism of this shul, this community, and breaking down stereotypes really matters.
â€œIâ€™m so grateful to this town and [its] Jewish community for all that itâ€™s done to make it a better place for understanding.â€