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.”

FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany met with H.E. Omar Ghobash U.A.E. Ambassador to Russia

On January 15, 2017, FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany and Oak Digital Principal Amit Anthony Khera met H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash at the Mark Hotel. Omar Ghobash is the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Russia, and has recently authored the book Letters to a Young Muslim. They spoke about the Ambassador's commitment to engage with young Muslims and fight extremism and radicalization. They also discussed FFEU's programs to take action against anti-Muslim bigotry, including the Muslims Are Speaking Out Campaign.

Click HERE to read H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash's interview in the Guardian.

Click HERE to purchase H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash's book Letters to a Young Muslim.

Oak Digital Principal Amit Khera, H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to Russia, and FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany at The Mark Hotel, in NYC, last January 15th.

Oak Digital Principal Amit Khera, H.E. Omar Saif Ghobash, UAE Ambassador to Russia, and FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany at The Mark Hotel, in NYC, last January 15th.

Huffington Post OPed: For American Muslims There Is Cause For Hope

By Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali, January 3, 2017

"2016 was unquestionably a difficult year.

Throughout the yearlong presidential campaign, we saw a worrisome uptick in expressions of bigotry, including Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and anti-Hispanic and anti-immigrant rhetoric; much of it clearly in response to demagogic rhetoric in the campaign itself. Since the election on November 8, the number of hate crimes have soared. Mosques, synagogues and other houses of worship across the country have been desecrated by swastikas and hateful slogans, while in diverse cities, Muslim women have been assaulted by bigots, intent on tearing off their hijabs..."


Read more on the Huffington Post

FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi keynote speaker at OSCE event in Hamburg

Photo: OSCE/Fanni Uusitalo

FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi attended the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council in Hamburg on December 9. She was a keynote speaker at the OSCE side event devoted to Youth and Security. She reflected on the need to empower young people in order to make them agents of change for today’s challenges. Hathroubi called for a change of paradigm and advocated for regarding youth as part of the solution rather than a threat.

See more on our blog and on OSCE website

Rabbi Schneier keynote speaker at the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Conference

Last Sunday, Rabbi Marc Schneier was a keynote speaker at the 3rd annual Muslim-Jewish Women's Leadership conference organized by the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom and co-sponsored by FFEU in New Jersey.

The SoSS 3rd annual conference has been a part of the FFEU Season of Twinning since 2014. The event was attended by nearly 500 Muslim and Jewish women and was, without a doubt, an amazing success.

See article in the New York Times and in NJ Jewish News

See also more pictures on our Twinning blog

 

Twinning event in Brazil

Between 50 and 60 people, mostly youth, met at CIP (Congregação Israelita Paulista) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Dec, 4th. The activities started with a screening of a short movie about Ahmed and Oren, two youngsters from Jerusalem, who use art to promote dialogue in a project called “Jerusalem Art”. In the sequence, David Broza’s documentary, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem, showing the interaction between Israelis and Palestinians through music, was followed by a chat with Ahmed and Rafael, a Brazilian living in Jerusalem, who joined Ahmed’s project.

A performance by Mazeej, a music ensemble composed by Jews and Arabs, and a fantastic falafel made by two Syrian brothers closed the event.

Please see video. See also more photos here.

Twinning Event in Wellington, New Zealand

On Sunday November 27, 2016, Professor Paul Morris of Victoria University of Wellington and Sultan Eusoff of FIANZ (Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand) hosted their initial FFEU Twinning Student Dialogue bringing together for the first time Jewish and Muslim students at Victoria University of Wellington. After exploring stereotypes and experiences of discrimination and prejudice the discussion explored overlapping Muslim and Jewish concerns as young people of faith living in New Zealand. The group have agreed in principle to meet again in the new year.

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