Earlier this year, Bob Wolk called up Mateen Ali, a founding member of the Northwest Islamic Community Center in Plymouth and the center’s Sunday school teacher. Wolk said he had something to show him.
Ali said they “hit it off right away” on the phone, and he invited Wolk to visit him at the center. Wolk arrived toting a couple of boxes filled with T-shirts, each printed with an eye-catchingly bold but simple design: a cross, a crescent and a Star of David — the symbols of Christianity, Islam and Judaism — and the words “We are one nation” in red, white and blue.
Wolk is a member of Adath Jeshurun Congregation in Minnetonka, which is how he connected with Ali. The synagogue reached out to the Northwest Islamic Community Center after the presidential election, which coincided with a spike in both anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic incidents. Ali said a member of Adath Jeshurun came by one Sunday with flowers.