Teens Embrace Religious Differences, Would It Work In Middle East?

12:05 AM, Feb 2, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- From as far back as history books will take us, there has been violence among people of different religions.

Unfortunately those actions continue this year across the Middle East.

Instead of trying to change the minds of adults, One triad day school has decided to start earlier with teenagers...

Jewish and muslim students met for the first time at B'nai Shalom Day School in Greensboro.

Muslim students drove from their school called Al Imani in Raleigh.

After comparing notes, students realized they have a lot more in common than they thought.

"It just made me realize these kids are just like me." Koby Ellick, an 8th grade student at B'nai Shalom Day School.

"I'm really excited to learn more about the religion," expressed Al Imani Student Sarah Boufedji.

"I thought the kids would be really different too, but they were just like normal kids," said Boufedji's classmate Laila Salman.

"They're Muslim but they're just American teenagers," Ellick added.

"They don't know a lot of Muslims. They may have preconceived ideas and the same things for the kids at Al-Imani. They don't know a lot of Jews. They also have preconceived ideas so we would like to break down some of those stereotypes while the kids are still young so as they move on they feel open to friendships and relationships and maybe they'll salve the middle eastern difficulties and be the peacemakers," explained B'nai Shalom Day School Head of Staff Judy Groner.

This is the second year that the schools allowed their students to meet and the first time they all met in Greensboro.

News 2's Frank Mickens talked to Rev. David Focarro with FaithAction International House talked about whether or not the same things that got the students to talk together could work in real life. Click play in the video window to watch the story.

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