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Allen Krause dies at 72; rabbi was trailblazer in O.C.'s interfaith movement

Allen Krause dies at 72; rabbi was trailblazer in O.C.'s interfaith movement

At Mission San Juan Capistrano, founded centuries ago to spread the Christian faith, Rabbi Allen Krause started an annual interfaith conference in 1994 because he felt that Orange County's religious groups were too insular.

About 600 people attended the first Religious Diversity Faire, with spiritual leaders from more than a dozen faiths holding workshops on their beliefs and practices. The event was staged for 15 more years.

Providing a window into the religious beliefs of others was a recurring theme for Krause, who was recognized as a trailblazer in the county's interfaith movement.

"I'm sure most of us have never seen a Muslim worship service," he said at...

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