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Interfaith reception for new Imam and two Tahoe rabbis

TAHOE/RENO, Nev. andamp;#8212; In a remarkable interfaith gesture, clergy belonging to different religions and denominations is giving reception to Meredith Cahn, new Rabbi of North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation in Tahoe Vista; Evon J. Yakar, new Rabbi of Temple Bat Yam in South Lake Tahoe and Abdelwahed Ali Awad, new Imam of Northern Nevada Muslim Community Center in Sparks, Nev.The reception, organized by Nevada Clergy Association, will be held at India Kabab andamp; Curry Restaurant, 1091 S. Virginia St. (at Vassar), Reno, Nev. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m. Sparks Mayor Geno Martini will preside. The public is welcome to participate. Please pay $5 each to the restaurant for snacks and chai (Indian tea). An RSVP to Rajan Zed at rajanzed@hotmail.com is appreciated.Rabbi Cahn, a University of Pennsylvania graduate with a masters in public health from University of California Berkeley School of Public Health, was ordained at the Academy for Jewish Religion California where she earned a Masters in Rabbinic Studies. North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, whose founding was initiated in 1979, is a Reform affiliated synagogue serving the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and Truckee.Rabbi Yakar, besides serving at Temple Bat Yam also works with Adventure Rabbi, Synagogue Without Walls community. A University of Wisconsin (Madison) graduate, he was ordained at Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati where he earned two masters degrees. Temple Bat Yam is a Reform affiliated synagogue, which serves South Lake Tahoe, and the Carson City, Carson Valley, and Dayton, Nev. areas.Imam Awad, born in Upper Egypt, started studying Islam and memorizing Quran when he was 15. He holds bachelor of science degree in geology from Egyptandamp;#8217;s Assiut University, and besides Egypt, has traveled to Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Niger, Benin, Burkina Faso and Ghana lecturing on Islam. Mission of Northern Nevada Muslim Community includes andamp;#8220;to promote the values and teachings of Islamandamp;#8221; and its activities include Friday prayer, monthly potluck dinner, and Sunday school.andamp;#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com


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