Interfaith Dialogue Through Chocolate

Applied ICDBorn in Morocco, now based in Germany, Nadia Doukali has created Iftarlade chocolate which is both kosher and halal, with a label in Hebrew, Arabic, and German.

Doukali first designed a Ramadan calendar, which she called “Iftarlender,” (made up of the word “Iftar” – the evening meal during Ramadan used to break each day’s fast, and the German word “kalender” for the German advent calendars with small paper doors, and sayings or candy behind them). Then she created Iftarlade chocolate (“Iftar” + “schokolade”, or chocolate in German). She decided to make it halal, and then wanted it to be kosher as well, so she worked to gain the appropriate certifications. She sees her products as a way for people to be “united in chocolate.”

Read more here:

Avidan, Igal. (28 May 2020). Muslim German sets new bar for interfaith relations with kosher-halal chocolate. The Times of Israel.

Loho, Petra. (20 May 2020). Counting down to Eid? In Germany, Nadia Doukali gave the traditional Advent calendar a Muslim twist. Salaam Gateway.


Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, the Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, manages this website.

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