NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Donald J. Trump’s election victory has unleashed a flood of Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, but also led to a surprising new alliance. American Muslims and Jews are banding together, jolted into action by a wave of hate crimes against both groups and by Mr. Trump’s threats to bar Muslims from entering the country and register those living here.
They are putting aside for now their divisions over Israel to join forces to resist whatever may come next. New groups are forming and interfaith coalitions that already existed say interest is increasing. The groups are targeting not just clergy, but also laypeople, including business executives, students and women. Often the initial goal is simply to overcome stereotypes and get to know one another as fellow Americans.
Vaseem Firdaus, a Muslim who has lived in the United States for 42 years, spent Friday night at a Shabbat dinner for …