By Francesca Norsen Tate, Religion Editor
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Interfaith Iftars have become a popular tradition in Brooklyn in recent years, and the custom is expanding throughout the Borough, through active outreach with the Turkish Cultural Center. Many Brownstone Brooklyn synagogues and mosques have hosted Iftars and other meals in conjunction with Jewish holidays that occur during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Because Islam observes a lunar calendar, Ramadan winds its way through the seasons and the civil calendar. By contrast, the Hebrew lunar calendar, adds in a leap month (Adar I, in the late winter/early spring) at 7 specific intervals in a 19-year cycle. This ensures that the major festivals, like Passover and Shavuot in the spring, and Sukkot in the autumn, stay in their respective seasons.