Texas Jews Give Muslims A Place To Worship After Mosque Burns Down

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"This is sad for everyone in the community, and as Jews, we especially have to feel for the Muslim community," said Robert Loeb, temple president.

Victoria, Texas

Mere hours after President Donald Trump's executive order to ban immigrants in seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States, a mosque in Victoria, Texas, lit up in flames around 2 a.m. on Saturday. None of the mosque's 100 members were hurt. 

The case is being investigated. So far, Americans have rallied behind the congregation and raised over $1 million to rebuild the Victoria Islamic Center. 

And now, the mosque's Jewish neighbors are demonstrating their support with one powerful display of kindness: By giving the congregation keys to their synagogue, The Independent reports, so they'll have a place for worship.

Robert Loeb, president of Temple Bnai, said to The Forward:

"Everyone knows everybody, I know several members of the mosque, and we felt for them. This is sad for everyone in the community, and as Jews, we especially have to feel for the Muslim community. When a calamity like this happens, we have to stand together. We have probably 25 to 30 Jewish people in Victoria, and they probably have 100 Muslims. We got a lot of building for a small amount of Jews."

As religious, social, and political tensions grip the nation due to Trump's executive actions, which are in the interest of opposing human rights, such an act of tolerance and generosity is a welcome change. 

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