- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Once again, Jews and Muslims have joined together as volunteers around metropolitan Detroit to help their Christian neighbors celebrate Christmas.

The Detroit News (http://bit.ly/1rlOVdi ) says about 1,000 Jewish and Muslim volunteers from a number of congregations collaborated Thursday on Mitzvah Day. The Michigan Muslim Community Council is coordinating volunteers from its communities.

Dr. Muzammil Ahmed says that support for the joint Christmas Day effort is growing among Muslims despite the terrible year for peace in the Middle East, which saw widespread destruction in the war between Israel and Gaza-based Hamas.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit has sponsored Mitzvah Day for two decades, and Muslims have been joined in for the past six years.

Mitzvah means “commandment” in Hebrew and is generally translated as a good deed.

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