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CarePoint Health Holds Iftar Dinners for Muslim Communities in Bayonne & Jersey City

Dozens of Bayonne and area residents attended the CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center Iftar Dinner in observance of Ramadan on Monday, May 21. Credits: Joseph Passantino
Bayonne Councilman at Large Juan Perez (front, left) enjoys the Ramadan observance with three other attendees at Bayonne Medical Center. Credits: Joseph Passantino
Christine Stryker, Senior Administrative Officer of the CarePoint Health Foundation Inc., kicks off the Iftar Dinner with a few words. Credits: Joseph Passantino
Hospital employees and community members enjoy conversation at the CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital Iftar Dinner on Wednesday, May 23. Credits: Joseph Passantino
Dr. Tucker Woods, Chief Medical Officer at CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital, welcomes attendees at the Christ Hospital Iftar Dinner. Credits: Joseph Passantino
More than 90 people enjoyed good food, prayer and conversation at CarePoint Health’s Iftar Dinner in Jersey City on May 23. Credits: Joseph Passantino

About 170 people, including many members of Jersey City’s and Bayonne’s Muslim communities, local public figures, healthcare administrators and others attended the two CarePoint Health-sponsored Iftar Dinners held last week in observance of the monthlong Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

Iftar Dinners are religious observances of Ramadan, often experienced as a community, with the faithful gathering to break their daily fasts. The dinners also include prayer and conversation.

In Bayonne, the Iftar dinner was held on Monday, May 21, at CarePoint Health-Bayonne Medical Center on 29th Street and Avenue E. Nearly 80 people attended, including Mayor James Davis and Councilmen Juan Perez and Sal Gullace. Gullace represents Bayonne’s Second Ward, where the hospital is located.

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CarePoint Health administrator Christine Stryker welcomed the gathering. “It’s so exciting to see the room full,” she said. “It’s such a special occasion, and it’s so great for us to be a part of this.”

Two nights later, 90 people attended the Iftar Dinner at CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital on Palisade Avenue in Jersey City. Attendees included several members of the Christ Hospital Medical Staff.

Marie Duffy, Chief Hospital Executive of CarePoint Health System, and Dr. Tucker Woods, Chief Medical Officer at CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital, greeted those gathered at that event.

“We’re so proud to have the dinner here for this community,” Dr. Woods said. “We’re very excited to welcome all of you.”

Attendees at both events joined together for group prayer and enjoyed traditional appetizers, entrees and desserts.

Christ Hospital officials said they looked forward to hosting the Iftar Dinner there again next year. This was the second year the Iftar Dinner was held at Bayonne Medical Center.

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