Led by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons President and Chairman respectively, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding is dedicated to fighting intolerance and promoting understanding between ethnic or religious communities.
FFEU In The News
Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali's book Sons of Abraham in paper back!
Racism and bigotry can infect the fabric of a community but what factors contribute to the rise of these judgments of character in the first place? At a time when incidents of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in particular are on the rise, the newly published paperback version of the book, Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims, explores the erroneous ideas that extremists in each religion use to justify harmful behavior. It tackles one of the biggest and most urgent challenges communities all over the world currently face – namely fighting against existing misperceptions and misconceptions about the other. The two authors are leading religious figures from Judaism and Islam. Together they expose the dark roots of the anti-Semitism and Islamophobia that many young Muslims and Jews are still being taught today by their teachers and communities.
Shared Dreams Rabbi Marc Schneier and Martin Luther King III
"The history of Americans of African descent and Jewish descent is a story of two groups of people who have suffered uncommon persecution but who have persevered with uncommon faith. This is our common ground. We share the dream of a beloved community where one can live without the threat of racism, poverty, or violence. We share the dream of a beloved community where one can live without the threat of racism, poverty, or violence. We share the dream of a beloved community where the worst of the human spirit is defeated by our best. In Shared Dreams, Rabbi Schneier reiterates our commonality, as upheld by Martin Luther King, Jr. and fuels the reader to continue to work for the advancement of race relations among all God's children."
-Martin Luther King III
FFEU's 2016 Highlights Brochure
2016 is a tumultuous year characterized by a disturbing rise in expressions and acts of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and racism, but FFEU, which has served as the global address for Muslim-Jewish relations, rose to this challenge. The most prominent example of this effort was our #MASO (MuslimsAreSpeakingOut) campaign, which created a platform for American Muslims, including imams and scholars, community leaders and grass roots activists, to share with Americans across the political spectrum their abhorrence for terrorism, violence and religious extremism as the antithesis of mainstream Islam. FFEU played a consequential role in Black-Jewish relations in 2016 with Rabbi Schneier and Russell Simmons; sponsoring the annual Soul to Soul concert in New York and co-chairing Let Freedom Ring Challenge in Colonial Williamsburg. On the international front, Rabbi Schneier met with the King of Bahrain, His Majesty King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa and addressed the international conference in Morocco hosted by His Majesty King Mohammed VI at which he praised both the host country and the State of Israel for undertaking innovative initiatives to fight climate change. Also, FFEU hosted Azerbaijan Appreciation Day in Washington during which Rabbi Schneier and American Muslim leaders praised that Muslim-majority nation as “the international paradigm” for Muslim-Jewish relations. FFEU redoubled its efforts to strengthen Muslim-Jewish relations in Europe; bringing together Muslim and Jewish community activists to denounce terrorism and extremism and stand together against Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.
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