Join Russell Simmons, Rabbi Marc Schneier, Imam Shamsi Ali Satu, and a coalition of religious and civic organizations for a day of action, supporting equality and tolerance for American Muslims. The event takes place Sunday, February 19th, at 12pm in Times Square, NYC (48th St. & Broadway).
TAKE ACTION NOW! Help The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU, together with Burma Muslims, support the stateless Rohingya, as they make their way into Bangladesh without any assistance.
Mohuiddin Mohamed Yusof of the World Rohingya Organization, based in NYC, is taking off to Bangladesh on Friday, February 10, to purchase and distribute blankets for these Rohingya individuals/families in need.
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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.
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org | Andra Baylus email@example.com
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
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.”
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.
By Rabbi Marc Schneier, January 9, 2017
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..."
In an unprecedented action, scores of members of the New Jersey State Senate and State Assembly took the Stand Up for the Other Pledge on December 19. The Pledge, sponsored by the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition (NJIC), and developed by NJIC founder Dr. Ali Chaudry, also president of the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge and co-chair of the New Jersey Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, reads: "While interacting with members of my own faith, ethnic or gender community, or with others, if I hear hateful comments from anyone about members of any other community, I pledge to stand up for the Other and challenge bigotry in any form."
The New Jersey Interfaith Coalition (www.njifc.org) developed the Stand Up for the Other pledge in response to efforts by FFEU to bring Jews, Muslims and members of other faith groups together during Season of Twinning events in 2015 and 2016. On November 1, Muslim, Jewish and other students--as well as faith leaders from around the state--came together at Rutgers University to vow to stand up for each other if any community is unfairly attacked--regardless of the results of the Presidential election.
According to State Senator Raymond Lesniak, who took part in the two twinning events and took the lead in pressing members of the Senate and the Assembly to come together to sign the pledge in unison "We are proud that the State Legislature of New Jersey is the first in the world that has stepped forward to say that each of us is responsible to speak out against bigotry wherever we find it. Added State Sen. Linda Greenstein, who also took part in the twinning events; "This is about standing up and doing the right thing, in order to make the world a better place."
According to Walter Ruby, "Kudos to our dear friend Ali Chaudry for initiating this Pledge and congratulations to all of members of the New Jersey Senate and Legislature--both Republicans and Democrats--who chose to stand up against bigotry at a crucial moment. We will now work to get legislators from states across the country to follow New Jersey's enlightened example."
More than 100 imams, rabbis and Muslim and Jewish leaders came together on Sunday December 11 to vow to stand up for each other of either community is demonized or discriminated against by either private citizens or by governmental action.
According to FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program Director, Walter Ruby, who addressed the Summit; “It is so important that during this time of fear and uncertainity that we redouble and accelerate our ongoing efforts to build ties of communication and cooperation between Muslims and Jews.. People in both communities need to know that we will stand united against any efforts to hurt either of our communities—or any other faith or ethnic community.
See the JTA article about the event
Sunday December 11th FFEU European Director, Samia Hathroubi, was among 30 Jewish and Muslim women and leaders from different parts of the country who came together in London. They discussed, shared, laughed, ate awesome food food together. Afterwards they walked around the Westminster area with a superb tour guide who highlighted women throughout London history.
On December 8, FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier was a keynote speaker at annual interfaith forum organized by the Jamaica Muslim Center (Official) in New York. Rabbi thanked Imam Shamsi Ali for a remarkable 10-year partnership that pioneered Muslim-Jewish relations in building the FFEU as the global address in this field. The event was attended by around 100 people.
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.
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 also more pictures on our Twinning blog
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.
FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program Director Walter Ruby took part in two Season of Twinning events in the Chicago area on December 3. The first event was the fifth annual ‘Preparing Food for Hungry and Homeless People Temple Beth Shalom in Naperville, IL, a suburb west of Chicago, featuring volunteers from Temple Beth Shalom, the Islamic Center of Naperville and Muslims Against Hunger, a national ‘feeding the hungry’ campaign headed by FFEU’s longtime friend and partner Zamir Hassan.
Later, Zamir Hassan and Walter Ruby travelled to The Mosque Cares in East Hazel Crest, just south of Chicago to take part in a public discussion on Muslim-Jewish relations with Imam Wallace Muhammad, the head of The Mosque Cares movement, with which scores of African-American mosques across the the U.S. are affiliated. Also taking part in the discussion at the Mosque Cares was Brian Zakem a board member of Temple B’nai Yehuda Beth Shalom in Homewood, IL and the Southwest Interfaith Team (SWIFT), a network of mosques, synagogues and churches in Chicago’s southwest suburbs.
See more pictures on our blog
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.