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Berlin’s ‘House of One’ pioneers religious tolerance

In Berlin, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin (left), Imam Kadir Sanci (middle) and Pastor Gregor Hohberg (right) want to build a religious sanctuary that would include a synagogue, mosque and church. (House of One photo)

At Berlin’s House of One, three major faiths will worship in one building, entering via the same door. Jewniverse reports that this unusual sanctuary will combine a church, mosque and synagogue. The project is being spearheaded by a pastor, imam and rabbi. Even the construction is collaborative, with donors able to “sponsor” individual bricks, the article says.

Frank Morris reports for NPR that the concept also is coming to the American city of Omaha. Prayer houses for the three faiths would be located on the same campus, the site of a former Jewish country club.

The setting of Berlin is poignant, especially for Jewish worshippers, given the city’s dark past during the Holocaust. As evidenced by plans for the House of One, today’s Berlin is a shining example of tolerance, both for Europe and the world. More about this unique prayer hall here.


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