Before we established a social impact (food) startup, we focused on building a community by creating new interfaith programs. We are proud to be home to the award-winning Shabbat Salaam interfaith dinner series as well as the new Yalla, Yalla! Food History Tours and Cut The Beef Comedy Show. Got a sustainable venture that promotes inclusivity and diversity? Tell us more!
Building A Longer Table
The idea for Interfaith Meat originally came from when Abe's Eats founder Mohammad Modarres wanted to host a Shabbat Salaam interfaith dinner to bring his Muslim and Jewish friends together to discuss (and act on) the rise in anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic hate crimes across America. When he saw that they could not eat from the same plate, he spent the next year working with religious leaders and food experts to bring the Halal and Kosher dietary laws together. He eventually premiered Interfaith Meat at the first Shabbat Salaam event in San Francisco before hosting events across the US to more than 1,000 attendees.
Let's break bread together! More dinners coming soon!
Exploring Across NYC
The popularity of Shabbat Salaam gave Abe's an opportunity to expand into new programs. This time Mohammad worked with Hussein Rashid and Jon Adam Ross to highlight the stories of Muslim and Jewish immigrants who came to New York City to follow their American dreams. With a bus full of social entrepreneurs from the US and Europe, they began 2019 by hosting the very first Yalla, Yalla! Food History Bus Tour. The program made stops at food establishments like 2nd Ave Deli and Abu's Bakery along with visits to the Brooklyn Historical Society and the other places of cultural and historical significance.
One Step At A Time
After the success of the Yalla, Yalla! Food History Bus Tour, Abe's chose to partner with the New Day Fellowship - an interfaith initiative founded by community leaders including Islamic Scholar Hussein Rashid and Rabbi Joshua Stanton of the East End Temple - to create the Yalla, Yalla! Walking Tours.
Cut The Beef
Jokes, Jokes Jokes!
Our latest program combines our love for comedy to bring people together. At the end of our Kickstarter campaign, we hosted the first Cut The Beef Comedy Show, featuring the likes of Sam Morril, Dina Hashem, Ishmael Loutfi, Aman Ali, Matthew Broussard, and many others. It was a great night! Photos coming soon!
The idea for Interfaith Meat originally came from when Abe's Eats founder Mohammad Modarres wanted to host a Shabbat Salaam interfaith dinner to bring his Muslim and Jewish friends together to discuss (and act upon) the rise in hate crimes across America. Today more than 1,000 attendees across the US have attended a Shabbat Salaam event. Learn more about our programs.