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First-ever Jerusalem house of prayer to unite Christians, Jews and Muslims Featured

“Amen” initiative part of Mekudeshet 2016 festival, Sept. 4-23, to
harness Holy City’s spiritual power, connect people of all faiths amid troubling times

JERUSALEM, Christians, Jews and Muslims will unite in an unprecedented and potentially historic interfaith prayer and spiritual gathering in the Holy City from Sept. 4-11 called “Amen – A House of Prayer For All Believers.”

Intended to create a single home for the world’s three major religions, “Amen” will play a featured part in the 2016 Mekudeshet Festival from Sept. 4-23 that will harness the city’s ancient powers to inspire artists, musicians and cultural figures from around the world to redefine their art and traditions and connect amid troubling times.

Amen will seek to bring together Christians, Jews and Muslims who share a belief in one God and a boundless love for Jerusalem to dialogue, study, sing and pray together in one temporary house of worship. Amen will create both a physical and metaphysical space that will seek to encourage commonality rather than to sanctify age-old divisions, say Mekudeshet organizers.

“We will study, argue -- yes, this is also allowed -- and pray -- together and alone. We will see if it is possible, despite all the corporeal difficulties and earthly obstacles, to create a new reality,” said Mekudeshet Artistic Director Itay Mautner.

Amen culminates a months-long series of discussions among representatives of the three religions, who cooperated to design the shared house of prayer. The venue, the Jerusalem Music Center at Mishkenot Sha’ananim, will be open from morning to night, with meetings and preparations for prayer taking place at 10 a.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m daily throughout the week in Arabic, Hebrew and Coptic.

“It is nothing short of a miracle that between four walls, we will inaugurate a temporary home for the three religions that share Jerusalem and for all those who wish to dwell under the wings of the Almighty,” said Mautner.

The nearly month-long Mekudeshet (Hebrew for “holy” or “sanctified”) is being presented by The Jerusalem Season of Culture (JSOC). Mekudeshet will feature scores of artists, actors, musicians and media figures from around the world and thousands of participants.

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