Jewish, Muslim families from iconic protest photo share Shabbat meal

This image of a Muslim girl and Jewish boy has been retweeted over 220,000 times. (Screenshot from Nuccio DiNuzzo/Twitter)

This image of a Muslim girl and Jewish boy has been retweeted over 220,000 times. (Screenshot from Nuccio DiNuzzo/Twitter)

(JTA) – The two families captured in a viral photo taken at O’Hare Airport in Chicago during a demonstration of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban had a Shabbat meal together.

On Friday night, the Yildirim family, who are Muslim, joined Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell and his family at their home in Deerfield, Illinois, the Chicago Tribune reported. 

As a gift, the Yildirims brought a drawing by their 7-year-old daughter, Meryem, of the photo that brought them together. The Bendat-Appells put it in a place of honor on the refrigerator, according to the report.

The photo, taken by Chicago Tribune photographer Nuccio DiNuzzo, shows a Jewish boy wearing a kippah and a Muslim girl wearing a hijab holding protest signs while they both sit on their fathers’ shoulders during the airport protest.

The families had exchanged contact information at O’Hare after talking about sharing a Shabbat meal in celebration of peace, the Tribune reported.

Bendat-Appell and Fatih Yildirim told reporters the two had been discussing where to find a good kosher steakhouse when the photo was taken.

Yildirim said he has been criticized in the Turkish media over the photo and that his family in Turkey has distanced themselves from it.

The Yildirims reportedly invited the Bendat-Appells to their home for the next dinner.

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