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Imam Mohamad Jebara serves ...
Imam Mohamad Jebara serves as Chief Imam and Resident Scholar at the Cordova Spiritual Education Center.
Imam Jebara is an avid promoter of social responsibility and universal values.
Through the Cordova Center he seeks to establish love, harmony, friendship and understanding through interfaith/intercultural outreach, social responsibility and education.
In addition to his unique intellectual accomplishments, having authored 105 academic books, and lectured at prestigious universities around the world, Imam Jebara is a skilled artist, and an outdoor enthusiast; who enjoys, skiing, skating, hiking, among many others.
In September 2014, Imam Jebara
made history, as the Cycling Cleric
, being the first cleric in history to cycle and roller-blade for health, from Ottawa to Quebec City.
He is a Patron of Trillium Gift of Life Network, and on June 5th, 2015 completed a535km bike tour from Ottawa to Toronto, which served to raise awareness about the dire need for organ and tissue donation, and to encourage Ontarians to register their consent as organ donors.
The Imam issued a challenge to Ottawa Clergy to cycle in October 2015 to tackle the affordable housing crisis.
In partnership with the United Way, Imam Jebara
will be cycling in May 2016 to raise awareness about the importance of poverty prevention among children, with a message of empowering youth to achieve their greatest potential.
Imam Jebara is an avid writer and reformer, regularly contributing to local and international papers.
Here are some of his
Imam, Cordova Center
, Ottawa, Canada
Imam, Cordova Center, Ottawa, Canada
Muslim, Jewish communities lay foundations for friendship | Muslim Coordinating Council
National Capital Region
Arriving with smiles and brightly coloured flowers, Imam Mohamed Jebara, founder of the Cordova Spiritual Education Centre, entered the lobby of the Beth Shalom Synagogue with members of the Muslim community.
They offered the flowers to their new Jewish acquaintances as Cantor Daniel Benlolo welcomed the group.
and I want to make sure that we teach our young people," said Benlolo.
"If we teach young people how to interact with, understand and appreciate each other's communities, then we can hopefully build better communication and better understanding to live in harmony and in peace."
, who was unable to speak due to laryngitis, nodded as Benlolo said the purpose of the gift exchange was to promote learning between the two communities.
Benlolo then presented Jebara
with a shofar, which he
described as a symbol of Abraham's sacrifice to God.
also received a menorah, a Kiddush cup and a book of the history of the Beth Shalom Synagogue
In return, Jebara
gave Benlolo a carved wooden Qur'an holder, a hand-sewn prayer rug from Syria, handmade calligraphy of the Muslim declaration of faith, books teaching Arabic from the Cordova Academy
, three Qur'ans and a long blue string of prayer beads.
hopes the event at the synagogue would be the first of many between the Jewish and Muslim communities in Ottawa.
"There are many interfaith dialogues, but they don't go any further than meeting and discussing issues," he
"Our intention is to go beyond that.
We would like to establish friendships that are long term."
said that building friendships with other faiths would lead to understanding, harmony and love between the different religious groups.
Imam Mohamad Jebara is set to ...
Imam Mohamad Jebara is set to cycle over 500 km to raise awareness for a healthy heart.
Jebara will launch his trip after the congregational prayer this Friday at HCI headquarters in Ottawa to reach Quebec City while raising funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Also known as "The Cycling Cleric", Jebara serves as Chief Imam and Resident Scholar at the Cordova Spiritual Education Center.
is not a trained athlete and suffers from chronic back-pain, yet he
aims to make this journey to teach people that, with effort and perseverance, one can overcome even major obstacles.
wants to raise awareness regarding heart health, and encourage everyone to become more active.
trip "will inspire and uplift others, especially in faith communities to extend a loving hand to the world, simply for the love of, and care for humanity".
Promoting a healthy heart is not new to the greater community but what makes this cycling cleric different is that he
is doing it by example.
believes that "a healthy life includes a healthy heart both physically and spiritually.
This cycle is a humble initiative … to raise awareness of this principle".
is quite passionate about the sanctity of life and wants this journey to highlight the importance of keeping healthy, and giving of one's self, whether it be by donating blood, giving from one's time and wealth, to helping others and making a positive difference in this world.
will head off for Quebec City following Friday services at 1:30pm at 877 Shefford Road, Ottawa on Friday September 5th, 2014.