FFEU Biennal Congressional Reception Video

The FFEU Congressional Reception welcomed New Ethnic Members of Congress this past January 24th, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington D.C. Present at the reception were not only new and returning members of Congress, but also esteemed foreign dignitaries, including the ambassadors of Albania, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Slovenia, Hungary, and more.

Watch the video above and listen to hopeful words of unity, tolerance, and inter-community initiatives, by guest speakers: Rabbi Marc Schneier, Dr. Sayyid Syeed, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen, Congressman Donald McEachin, Congressman Brad Schneider, Congressman Jamie Raskin, Daisy Khan, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Josh Gottheimer, and Congressman Darren Soto.

“25 of the 55 freshman members of Congress are of Latin, Jewish, Asian, Black, and Indian descent. This is a portrait of what our country is today.” Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the FFEU

“25 of the 55 freshman members of Congress are of Latin, Jewish, Asian, Black, and Indian descent. This is a portrait of what our country is today.” Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the FFEU

Thank You For Joining Today, I Am A Muslim, Too Rally

Thank you for joining the historic "Today, I Am A Muslim Too" rally!

Times Square, NYC | 02/19

FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier, co-host of the "Today, I Am A Muslim Too" rally, addressing the massive audience.

FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier, co-host of the "Today, I Am A Muslim Too" rally, addressing the massive audience.

Thousands of New Yorkers representing a myriad of backgrounds and faiths, converged in Times Square on Sunday, February 19th, 2017, and joined a coalition led by Russell Simmons, Rabbi Marc Schneier, Imam Shamsi Ali, in a demonstration of support for the American Muslim community.

 

MEDIA COVERAGE | to read articles click HERE

 

11 Months Later...

March 15, 2016

Rabbi Marc Schneier: Netanyahu should take bold peacemaking trip to Saudi Arabia | by Ben Sales

A year ago, after his private meeting with the King of Bahrain, H.M. King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa,  FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier urged Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, to go to Saudi Arabia, calling for officially deepening the relations with the Gulf States and considering the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative as a concrete solution to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Read more about Rabbi's interview by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency HERE.

 

11 MONTHS LATER...

 

February 10th, 2017

U.S. May Turn To Arab Allies For Israel Plan | by Peter Baker & Mark Landler

The U.S. administration considers that the road for achieving Israeli-Palestinian Peace leads to Arab States capitals, including Riyadh. 

Read more about the New York Times article HERE.

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FFEU Biennal Congressional Reception

The FFEU Congressional Reception welcomed New Ethnic Members of Congress this past January 24th, 2017, at the U.S. Capitol Building, in Washington D.C. Present at the reception were not only new and returning members of Congress, but also esteemed foreign dignitaries, including the ambassadors of Albania, Azerbaijan, Sweden, Slovenia, Hungary, and more.

“25 of the 55 freshman members of Congress are of Latin, Jewish, Asian, Black, and Indian descent. This is a portrait of what our country is today.” Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the FFEU

“25 of the 55 freshman members of Congress are of Latin, Jewish, Asian, Black, and Indian descent. This is a portrait of what our country is today.” Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the FFEU

“This is a unique accomplishment when Jews and Muslims open their doors, open their hearts, open their religious places of worship, the entire nation benefits. That’s what we are celebrating today.” Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

“This is a unique accomplishment when Jews and Muslims open their doors, open their hearts, open their religious places of worship, the entire nation benefits. That’s what we are celebrating today.” Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

On the left, H.E. Floreta Faber, Ambassador of Albania, H.E. Bjorn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden and on the right, H.E. Shaikh Abdulla Al Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

On the left, H.E. Floreta Faber, Ambassador of Albania, H.E. Bjorn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden and on the right, H.E. Shaikh Abdulla Al Khalifa, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

 

AMBASSADORS: Ambassador Shaikh Abdulla Al Khalifa, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain | Ambassador Martin Andjaba Embassy of the Republic of Namibia | Ambassador Dr. Bozo Cerar, Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia | Ambassador Floreta Faber, Embassy of Albania | Ambassador Ramon Gil-Casares, Embassy of Spain | Ambassador Bjorn Lyrvall, Embassy of Sweden | Ambassador Elin Suleymanov, Embassy of Azerbaijan

MEMBERS OF CONGRESS: US Representative Darren Soto (R-FL 9th District) | US Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ 5th District) | US Representative Donald McEachin (D-VA 4th District) | US Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD 8th District) | US Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL 10th District) | US Representative Jacky Rosen | (D-NV 3rd District) | US Representative Deborah Wasserman Schultz (D-FL 23rd District)

COUNTRIES REPRESENTED: Albania | Azerbaijan | Kingdom of Bahrain | Belarus | China | Czech Republic | Hungary | Israel | Japan | Republic of Kazakhstan | Republic of Liberia | Republic of Namibia | Nicaragua | Slovenia | South Africa | Spain | Swede

SPEAKERS: Rabbi Marc Schneier, Founder and President of The Foundation of Ethnic Understanding | Dr. Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) | Representative Jacklyn Rosen (D-NV, 3rd district) | Representative Donald McEachen (D-VA, 4th district) | Representative Brad Schneider (D-IL, 10th district) | Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD, 8th district) | Daisy Khan, Founder and Director of Women’s Initiative in Spirituality and Equality (WISE) | Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL, 23rd district) | Representative Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ, 5th district) | Representative Darren Soto (R-FL, 9th district)

 

Holocaust Remembrance Genocide Awareness

The Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS), Center for Pluralism, I Am Your Protector, and The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding present:

 

HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE GENOCIDE AWARENESS

With Holocaust Survivor Johanna Neumann

Remembering the Past, Honoring the Heroes, Assuring a Safe Future

 

WHEN: Sunday, January 29th, 2017 | 1:45 - 4:00pm

WHERE: Adams Ashburn Mosque, 21740 Beaumeade Circle Ashburn, VA 20147

Victims and survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides will be honored at the prominent All Dulles Area Muslim Society ADAMS Ashburn Mosque where Muslims and Jews vow to stand together and speak up against the persecution of any faith or ethnic community.

 

“Never again will we be silent!”

 

Co-Sponsors: Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society JIDS, World Muslim Congress WMC, Interfaith Action for Humans Rights IAHR Jewish Community Center JCC, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom SOSS

For more Information, please contact: Mike Ghouse mike@centerforpluralism.com | Andra Baylus interfaithandra@gmail.com

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PRESS RELEASE | Washington Area Muslims and Jews to Commemorate Holocaust Together at Mosque in Northern Virginia

Participants to Vow ‘Never Again’ to Persecution of Any Community

Please contact: Walter Ruby (917) 294-1772 walterruby@gmail.com | Andra Baylus (703) 606-2764 interfaithandra@gmail.com

Jews and Muslims will come together at a prominent Northern Virginia mosque to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, and to vow to stand together against the persecution of any faith or ethnic community.

The commemorative event will take place on January 29 from 1:45-4:00 PM at ADAMS Ashburn Mosque, 21740 Beaumeade Circle, Ashburn, VA, 20147. Among the many worldwide events being held to mark the 71st anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz extermination camp in 1945, the event at ADAMS-Ashburn is unique for being held in a mosque and for involving Muslims and Jews from throughout the Metropolitan Washington area.  

The event, which is co-sponsored by the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, I Am Your Protector, The Center for Pluralism and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, will feature the participation of Johanna Neumann, a Holocaust survivor whose life was saved by Albanian Muslims who hid her from the Nazis. 

In addition, participants in the event will commemorate the genocide perpetrated against Bosnian Muslims in the 1990’s; discuss ongoing persecutions of two small Muslim communities, the Crimean Tatars and Rohingya Muslims of Burma, and highlight the recent upsurge in Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and other forms of bigotry in the U.S. They will vow that Jews and Muslims will stand up for each other if either faith community—or any other community--is demonized, discriminated against or victimized by hate crimes or violence. 

Rizwan Jaka, Chairman of the Board of the All-Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS Center), a mega-mosque with 9 locations in Northern Virginia including ADAMS-Ashburn, commented, “ADAMS is proud to serve as host of this event, which brings together Jews and Muslims to remember the horrific events of the Holocaust 70 years ago.”  Mike Ghouse, President of the Center of Pluralism, which has hosted Holocaust memorial events for the past 12 years, said, “The point of this event is not only to honor the innocent Jewish victims of the Holocaust, but to help ensure that nothing like it happens again anywhere in the world.”

Nazli Chaudhry, Washington area chair of I Am Your Protector, a community of people who speak up and stand up for each other across religion, race, gender and beliefs, remarked, “We are proud to honor Johanna Neumann, who survived genocide as a child, and will also speak about brave Muslims in Albania, Tunisia and other places who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.”

Andra Baylus. co-chair of the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, commented. “Commemorating the Holocaust together and applying its lessons today is a key component ofour work to enhance Muslim-Jewish cooperation in Greater Washington and beyond.” Summing up the significance of the January 29 ADAMS-Ashburn event, Walter Ruby, Muslim-Jewish Program Director at the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, commented, “It is of great significance that Muslims and Jews are coming together in a mosque to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust and to say ‘Never Again’ to bigotry and persecution against either of our communities--or any other community.”