Meeting With Ambassador Ghobash In NYC

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.


UK Women and students taking part in twinning events in Manchester!

On November 23, our partner Faith Network 4 Manchester organized an amazing school interfaith Twinning event between King David Jewish School and Manchester Islamic High School for Girls' Bowling event' at Trafford Park Centre.


Our Partner Faith Network 4 Manchester organized a Muslim and Jewish Women interfaith Twinning event on November 16th at the Gatley Yeshurun Synagogue, Cheshire. The Oldham ‘CHAI women project, led by Najma Khalid with a group of Pakistani Muslim women, visited a Synagogue in Gatley in Cheshire. They were hosted by Marilyn Berg and other Jewish women from Cheadle and Gatley.

June who was in attendance expressed, “I felt our meeting with the ladies from Oldham was very memorable. It was as though we met as strangers and parted as family!”

Read more on FFEU twinning blog


Rabbi Schneier rallies to the defense of Congressman Keith Ellison

FFEU President Rabbi Schneier denounces the smear campaign falsely claiming that Rep. Keith Ellison is anti-Semitic. This is an important example of how FFEU is committed at this critical moment to standing up for the American Muslim Community when they are wrongly demonized and stigmatized.    

Interviewed by the JTA and the Jewish Week, Rabbi Marc Schneier said: “Keith Ellison understands that people who fight for their own rights are only as honorable as when they fight for the rights of all people”.

“For anyone to attack or vilify him as anti-Israel or anti-Semitic is outrageous,”

Rep. Ellison has worked with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in garnering the support of other Muslim leaders to press Hamas leaders to free captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and more recently, to return the remains of two Israeli soldiers killed in the last Gaza War.

Read more:

JTA article (11/18/2016)

JTA article (11/22/2016)

Jewish Week article (11/23/2016)


FFEU coordinates #IAMAMERICA rally in Michigan

Muslim-Jewish program Director Walter Ruby spoke on the theme of "Standing Up For Each Other In Challenging Times" at an #IAmAmerica event at the Bharatiya Hindu Temple in Troy, MI on Sunday November 20 co-sponsored by the Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network and the Greater Detroit Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Council. The event, also part of FFEU's Season of Twinning was attended by around 100 people.

Ruby spoke of the importance of #IAmAmerica rallies in cities around the country that day in affirming, in the face of escalating hate crimes across the country in recent days, directed against Muslims, Jews, immigrants and others, that people of diverse faith and ethnic communities are full partners in ensuring the success of America.

#IAmAmerica is a nationwide initiative co-sponsored by the Muslim Public Affairs Council - MPAC and national Muslim organizations, Shoulder-to-Shoulder, PICO National Network (People Improving Communities Through Organizing), The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding and Church World Service.

Read more on FFEU twinning blog

In moving Election eve event, USC Students of diverse faith pray for healing and kindness in America

The evening of prayer and reflection, which was co-sponsored by the USC Interfaith Council, USC Office of Religious Life and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, featured student speakers representing USC Hillel, Muslim Student Union, Catholic Center, Church of Latter Day Saints Student Association, Crusaders for Christ, Secular Student Fellowship, the Sikh Student Association, as Hindu and Buddhist student groups. Students of all backgrounds lit candles and hugged each other as they evoked their varied faith traditions in praying for an America that will be compassionate and open to people of all faith and ethnic backgrounds.

Read more on FFEU Twinning blog