Maktuv*: An Evening of Islamic and Jewish Calligraphy

Join MALA (Muslim American Leadership Alliance) and ASF (American Sephardi Federation) and ASF Young Leaders for an interactive workshop led by experiential educator and artist Ruben Shimonov!

We will explore the significance of Arabic in Islam and Hebrew in Judaism, as well as the close relationship between both Semitic languages. It’ll be a space to share our personal connections with the holy languages of our respective faiths and to engage with these two languages through a hands-on calligraphy workshop.

No background in Arabic or Hebrew calligraphy necessary. Refreshments will be served.

*As cognates, Maktoob and K’tuv mean “written” in Arabic and Hebrew 

Born in Uzbekistan, Ruben Shimonov belongs to the native Persian-speaking Jewish population of Central Asia. This community — the Bukharian Jews — have lived alongside their Muslim neighbors for 1300 years, engaging in cultural and intellectual commerce. He currently studies at New York University, pursuing a dual Master’s in Public Administration and Judaic Studies.


Monday, August 13, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm



Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St.
New York, NY 10011



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