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Jews and Muslims join together to lose weight

By Mason White 3:55 PM March 18, 2013
Jews and Muslims work out together 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A Jewish movie maker formed a successful organization that brings together Muslims and Jews for one common goal, to lose weight, according to press reports in the United States.

The new weight loss program has been launched in various U.S. states in order to break ethnic barriers between Muslims and Jews, while helping them fight against obesity.

“We are not a peace-dialogue group and not a group for conflict resolution,” Yael Luttwak, a documentary movie maker, 40, who founded the first group, told a New York newspaper.

“But we’re bringing dialogue and exposure,” she added.
Luttwak has created a group called “Slim Peace” that is bringing young Jews and Muslims together for a common goal of weight loss, healthy living and empowerment.

Inspired by the Middle East conflict, Luttwak, was out to find a formula to use women who struggle with their weight as a tool for connecting Israelis and Palestinians.

There are also plans to expand Slim Peace to other U.S. cities like Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Washington, all of which have significant Muslim and Jewish populations.

Although there are no official figures, the U.S. is believed to be home to about eight million Muslims.
A 2010 report by the North American Jewish Data Bank puts the number of Jews in the U.S. around 6.5 million.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view