FFEU In The News 2016


Why we Care: Standing up for the Crimean Tatars


Read FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier's Op-ed about FFEU's support to Muslim Crimean Tatars. FFEU intends to stay engaged on the issue in 2017.

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Both Feeling Threatened, American Muslims and Jews Join Hands


NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Jolted into action by a wave of hate crimesthat followed the election victory of Donald J. Trump, American Muslims and Jews are banding together in a surprising new alliance.

A Prayer For Donald Trump And America, From An Old Friend


Russell Simmons penned a letter to President-elect Donald Trump: " While I vigorously campaigned against his presidential candidacy, he won the election and I hope he hears these words".

Jews and Muslims Come Together to Feed the Hungry


On Sunday, as part of the annual “Twinning” series of events, which encourage partnerships between Jewish and Muslim groups, the Brotherhood Synagogue in New York City held a program where volunteers put together food packages in conjunction with the Muslim Hunger Van project.

Samia Hathroubi : un combat pour une société inclusive


FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi talks about her story as a French-Tunisian family, her memories of her grandfather, a veteran of the Second World War. 

US Muslim Leaders to Hamas: 'Return Shaul and Goldin to Israe'


"Fighting for the other signifies a true level of cooperation," Rabbi Schneier says. "It allows the growth of emphathetic imagination and pushes us to see others as children of God as we see ourselves."

Muslim Leaders Join Parents Of Slain Israeli Soldiers In Appeal To Hamas


Congressman Ellison and Carson as well as 8 other prominent American Muslim leaders penned a letter to Hamas advocating for the Goldin and Shaul families.

Muslims speak out against Islamic extremism


The latest initiative by Rabbi Schneier is to create a coalition of the most prominent American Muslim leaders to reach out to Hamas leaders, asking them to release the bodies of two Israeli soldiers killed in 2014 during Operation Brother’s Keeper that are still being held hostage by Hamas.

10 US Muslim leaders urge Hamas to release remains of Israeli soldiers


Rabbi Marc Schneier, the president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, initiated the letter. He made it public on Sunday at the annual Washington conference of the Israeli-American Council, where Goldin’s parents were in attendance.


Russell Simmons Harnesses The Power of Celebrity to Effect Change


Variety's Philanthropist Of The Year Carries Buddhist Serenity To His Struggle For Rapid Change In A World He Sees In 'Perfect Order.'

Russell Simmons Slams Donald Trump Over His Increasingly Islamophobic And 'Hateful Campaign'


Simmons then cites that pushing for equality is an inherent part of the fabric of our nation. "Fighting Islamophobia should be part of the American Dream. America is built on tolerance of religions and tolerance in general."

Who was Bastille Day truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel?


"Tunisia stands by France in its fight against terrorism and supports any measure taken by the French government to protect its territory and the security."

Jews And Muslims Break Bread, Build Bridges At Iftar Dinner


"I remember feeling at last year’s iftar that this work of building bridges between our communities was important” said Rabbi Allison Tick Brill, an associate rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in her opening remarks at the event. “And yet this year, it feels even more pressing.”

"The event at the Upper East Side synagogue was the second annual iftar organized by the NYC Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee (MJSC), which was started around two years by the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding..."

Breaking bread, reaching out to refugees


Sponsored by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge, the interfaith iftar is an annual event that the two organizations began three years ago. This year, the first to honor refugees, attracted over 100 Christians, Muslims, and Jews. 

Op-Ed: Muslim Americans revile terrorism too: Donald Trump is lying again


"There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism. Targeting civilian's life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram or forbidden --- and those who commit these barbaric acts are criminals, not martyrs."

Muslim, Jewish leaders mark Azerbaijan appreciation day


The visit was the first-ever joint American Muslim-Jewish mission to Capitol Hill focused on expressing support for a foreign country because of its commitment to promoting interfaith dialogue and religious diversity.


The Jewish Voice: Muslim And Jewish Leaders Mark Azerbaijan Appreciation Day In Washington, DC


Led by FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier, more than 100 Muslim and Jewish leaders and interfaith activists came together to celebrate the Republic of Azerbaijan, on March 16th, 2016 in Washington DC. 

Rabbi Schneier, who met with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev in a one-on-one meeting in the Azeri capital of Baku in April 2015, spoke of Azerbaijan “as the paradigm of Muslim-Jewish coexistence in the Islamic world” and expressed his personal gratitude to the Government of Azerbaijan for its warm relationship with Israel and sustained support of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Delegation of Muslim and Jewish Leaders Visits Washington for Azerbaijan Appreciation Day


On March 16, 2016, led by FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier, more than 100 Muslim and Jewish leaders and interfaith activists celebrated Azerbaijan Appreciate Day in Washington, DC. It was attended by notable speakers who praised Azerbaijan for its role in improving Muslim-Jewish relations, and working towards the protection of freedom of religion for all citizens in a Muslim majority country.

Bahrain's king meets rabbi, reportedly calls for Arab League to label Hezbollah terror group


Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa met with Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, on March 02, 2016 in the Royal Palace in Manama to discuss concerns in the Middle East and having an opportunity to establish peace in the region.

Live Ideas: A Journey of Reflection, Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali


A multi-faceted conversation reflecting the worldwide journey of discovery of two widely respected spiritual leaders two years after the release of their ground-breaking book, Sons of Abraham, and the many issues and socio-political circumstances that both divide Jews and Muslims and bring them closer together.

This event is part of Live Ideas Festival 2016: MENA Future - Cultural Transformations In The Middle East North Africa Region.

Hip-hop Mogul Russell Simmons raps dialogue at first ever West Coast Limmud FSU event


Russell Simmons, together with Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), spoke on a panel called "Fighting for the Other" at the weekend conference, which saw 750 Russian-speaking Jews from all over California participate in a weekend of learning and cultural activities.

Photo Flash: National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene Hosts 3rd Annual SOUL TO SOUL


The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene hosted its 3rd annual concert of Soul to Soul. The musical celebration featured Yiddish and African-American folk music intertwined to honor the late Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement.

Op-Ed: Like MLK, American Jews should defend black lives – and Israel


"Black Lives Have Always Mattered to American Jews": Read Rabbi Marc Schneier's last op-ed in JTA.

Soul to Soul Concert Preview


FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier and Chairman Russell Simmons will present Soul to Soula cross cultural exploration of African-American and Yiddish music presented by the national theatre Folksbiene.

The program is in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

UK Jews, Muslims stand firm amid ominous currents


In a time of growing Islamist threat, members of the two faiths have carved out a unique relationship.