Welcome to FFEU! A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting racial harmony and strengthening inter-group relations.
We are dedicated to strengthening relations between ethnic communities. The Foundation was formed to promote understanding and cooperation between and among ethnic groups and to reduce the existing tensions among diverse racial and ethnic communities.
FFEU is the international address for Muslim-Jewish Relations and the national address for Black-Jewish relations. We are committed to the belief that direct dialogue between ethnic communities is the most effective path towards reconciliation.
Read our 2016 Highlights Brochure!
Fighting Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and religious bigotry!
FFEU is proud to have become the international address in Muslim-Jewish Relations. From our grassroots, Season of Twinning and Muslim-Jewish solidarity committees throughout North America and Europe, to our executive-level advocacy we work both to promote conversation, reconciliation and cooperation amongst Muslim and Jewish communities worldwide as well as to band together to fight Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism.
Our signature program is the Season of Twinning. We have also held delegations and conferences of Muslim and Jewish Leadership including the National Summit of Imams and Rabbis, three Muslim-Jewish Conferences in Europe, the Delegation of European Muslim and Jewish Leaders to New York and Washington D.C. and the Delegation of Latin American Muslim and Jewish Leaders to D.C. In June 2013, the FFEU hosted the Delegation of Muslim and Jewish Leaders from the Southern Hemisphere. In December 2015, FFEU co-sponsored a We Refuse To Be Enemies press conference at the European Parliament in Brussels with the participation of the newly appointed European Commission Coordinators on combating antisemitism and anti-Muslim hatred.
Click here to read FFEU's 5-year Muslim-Jewish Report (2006-2011).
Founded in 1989 to transform rising tensions between Black and Jewish communities in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) works to restore the historic alliance between African and Jewish Americans, an alliance which had reached its strongest point during the American Civil Rights Movement. Cofounded by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Joseph Papp, a leader in colorblind casting, the FFEU stands against racism and honors a pioneer in diversity every year with the Joseph Papp Racial Harmony Award. The Foundation organizes activities and spearheads initiatives that improve Black-Jewish relations such as promoting MLK programs in Jewish Schools and synagogues throughout New York, fighting Anti-Semitism with campaigns: "Say No to K.O." , and social events targeted for students.
The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding is currently working on strengthening cooperation between Latinos and Jews to help address common problems and issues affecting both communities. To spearhead such effort, FFEU has commissioned a poll in 2011 to determine the relationship between Latinos and Jews and the prescriptions necessary to strengthen their bond. The landmark survey emphasized the need for both communities to work together to fight discrimination and to advocate for social justice domestically and internationally. Also, it provided a roadmap for Latinos and Jews to address areas of mutual concern and to foster greater cooperation in the future.