Love is limitless and universal. Just like music.
The potential of music inspired a social-musical initiative, Koolulam, to unite people and thus encourage harmony in humanity.
To bring people together, it organizes mass singing events that involve non-professionals. In each event, participants learn a new rendition of a well-known song and perform it immediately thereafter.
One of these events took place at the Tower of David in Jerusalem, and hundreds of Jews, Christians, and Muslims sang Bob Marley’s “One Love” together.
It was June 14th, 2018, the night of Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting and introspection.
The event honored the historical visit to Israel by Indonesia’s religious leader Sheikh Haji Yahya Cholil Staquf, who is also secretary-general of Indonesia-based Nahdlatul Ulama, the largest Muslim organization in the world, with more than 60 million members.
After seeing some videos, Staquf contacted Koolulam and told them about his planned trip to Israel and wanted to take part in an interfaith social music event.
Coincidentally, the Tower of David and Jerusalem.com offered to sponsor such an event.
Koolulam co-founder and general manager Michal Shahaf Shneiderman explained:
“It was an amazing confluence and fit our agenda that each person can be part of our events no matter where he comes from or what he believes. And what could be better than this historic location to host people of three religions singing together in English, Hebrew, and Arabic?”
Koolulam tickets always sell out quickly, but this time, there were even fewer tickets available as a result of the space limitations at the Tower of David.
At five minutes to midnight, participants received lyrics sheets and were divided into soprano, alto, and baritone on the entrance of the ancient citadel-turned-museum of Jerusalem history, and were given 45 minutes to learn their parts.
Staquf, along with Brother Franz von Sales and Israeli interfaith activist Rabbi Yakov Nagen, greeted and blessed the crowd.
The result was outstanding, as they show the power of unity by singing the song in English, Arabic, and Hebrew, in three-part vocal harmony.
Tower of David Museum Director Eilat Lieber was happy to use the opportunity to bring so many people from around the world together, “ promoting messages of peace, respect, and friendship.”