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.
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.