FFEU In The News 2017





NY Rabbi to lead first congregational mission to Bahrain


The Hampton Synagogue’s Rabbi Marc Schneier will lead a congregational mission to Bahrain in early 2018 after being invited by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

The congregation, located in Westhampton Beach in New York State, will be the very first Jewish one to visit an Arab country in the Gulf. 


Rabbi leads New York's Muslim day parade in gesture of unity


The Jewish and Muslim communities in New York have come together in an act of unity in the age of Donald Trumwith a rabbi leading the annual Muslim Day Parade in the city.

Parade organisers asked Rabbi Marc Schneier to be the honorary grand marshal in order to send a clear message of unity and togetherness between the two religions.


Rabbi leads NYC's Muslim parade to send message of unity


The 32nd Muslim Parade Day in New York City on Sunday was led by a Rabbi to exude a message of inclusion.

“This can serve as a wonderful paradigm,” said the grand marshal of the event and president of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding Rabbi Schneier. “Today I am a Muslim Too.”

Donning the grand marshal sash across his chest, Rabbi Schenier was joined by parade’s founder Imam Shamsi and a Hindu priest. According to the president of the Muslim Foundation of America, the parade was founded as a means for Muslims in New York to assert their place in the city.



In first, rabbi to lead Sunday’s New York City Muslim Day Parade


A rabbi will lead this year’s annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City.

Rabbi Marc Schneier, the president and founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding will serve as honorary grand marshal of the parade, which will take place on Sunday.


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Rabbi Marc Schneier To Lead New York’s Muslim Day Parade


Rabbi Marc Schneier, the president and founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding will serve as honorary grand marshal of the parade, which will take place on Sunday.

Schneier was chosen in recognition of his pioneering work in the field of Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States and around the world, according to organizers.


Rabbi to lead NYC’s annual Muslim Day Parade


Rabbi Marc Schneier, the president and founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding will serve as honorary grand marshal of the parade, which will take place on Sunday.

It is the first time in the parade’s 32-year history that a Jewish leader has been chosen to lead the Muslim Day Parade. This year’s parade is dedicated to the plight of the Rohingya, a mostly Muslim people facing violence in Myanmar.

Of Schneier, Ali said: “Having pioneered the field of Muslim-Jewish relations over a decade ago, he has demonstrated his dedication and devotion to the American Muslim community.”


After Friday’s London Tube Terror Attack, Best Response is to Strengthen Ties with Mainstream Muslims


Why do I, a rabbi, advocate reaching out to Muslims? Because over the past ten years, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), which I serve as president, has been engaged in a highly successful effort to build ties of communication and cooperation between Muslims and Jews across America and around the world. During that time, I have come to know scores of Muslims — both leaders of organizations and grass roots folks — as personal friends, whom I know in my gut would no more support acts of murder and mayhem against innocent people than I would myself.


President Aliyev meets with head of Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in New York


FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier "noted that President Ilham Aliyev has always been committed to interfaith dialogue and cooperation. Rabbi Marc Schneier, as head of the American Jewish community, thanked President Ilham Aliyev for supporting the Jewish community in Azerbaijan.

President Ilham Aliyev also praised the level of Azerbaijan-Israel cooperation. The head of state noted that today Azerbaijan has become one of the most important centers of multiculturalism, religious freedom and interfaith cooperation in the world."


Why Anti-Semitism Remains So Important To The Alt-Right


The sense of empathy. The spirit of fighting for the other. History has taught us that casual Jews become Jewish casualties. It is no wonder that the Jewish community is at the vanguard of speaking out for all victims of racial oppression, bigotry and discrimination. American Jews understand that a people who fight for their own rights are only as honorable as when they fight for the rights of all people.

For that, the Alt-Right will never forgive us.

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Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons Op-Ed: Blacks and Jews were singled out in Charlottesville


Today, the state of black-Jewish relations is one of cooperation, not conflict. Or, maybe blacks and Jews were singled out because the alliance of our two communities brought about the greatest social and political changes in our country’s history. Anti-black and anti-Semitic sentiment has long been interwoven in America, yet, we are stronger than ever, and the white supremacists are aware.

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Russell Simmons: President Trump's Charlottesville response is 'shocking'


One week ago, when white nationalists, white supremacists, Ku Klux Klan members and neo-Nazis shouted phrases like “Jews will not replace us” and “white lives matter,” Simmons and Schneier saw the very hatred they have worked together for decades to combat.

“When it comes to standing up to evil, there is no moral ambiguity," he said.

Rabbi Marc Schneier's Op-Ed: We as Jews must stand up for our Muslim neighbors


We must stand in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters and forcefully push back if steps are taken that violate their constitutionally protected rights as American citizens... If we resolve together to stand up for each other and to protect the rights of Muslims and other faith or ethnic communities that might be demonized or discriminated against, there is no question that we will prevail over fear and bigotry.

An iftar … at the Israeli consul general’s house?


The message of this evening was one of welcome and acceptance. At a time when Muslims are feared and singled out in America, including by our president, the consul general of Israel made them the first guests in his new home.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Israeli Consul General share Iftar together


Israeli Consul General of Los Angeles Sam Grundwerg and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding hold an Iftar meal with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Russell Simmons and Jewish/Muslim religious leaders to promote dialogue between the two communities.

Breaking the Ramadan Fast in a Synagogue Is the Latest in Jewish-Muslim Outreach


From Berkeley to Brooklyn to Brussels, Muslims and Jews are sharing the iftar meal and helping turn the tide against polarization.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is Guest at Israeli Consulate's Ramadan Event


“In our practice of serving God, there is no more essential service that we can provide than teaching people to connect and see themselves in each other,” said Simmons, according to the release.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Celebrates Ramadan, Breaks Fast With Israeli Consul


"Those who pit us against each other do so, not out of spiritual beliefs, but rather for their own political and financial enrichment," said Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Populism: The French election's big winner. How outsider candidates threw the traditional left-right battle into disarray.


"We have seen hundreds of debates about Islam and identity, but apart from Marine Le Pen, no one is addressing the losers of globalisation." Samia Hathroubi, FFEU's European Director.

Study: Jews, Muslims share same anxieties


"Walter Ruby, the program director for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, which promotes cooperation and understanding between Muslims and Jews, said that examples of solidarity between the groups in recent months 'very much jibe with what the poll says.'

He pointed to the examples of Muslims who have raised funds for desecrated Jewish cemeteries and of Jews who have opposed the Trump administration’s travel bans on people from majority Muslim countries.

'There is a common interest, a common sense of vulnerability,' he said."

Samia Hathroubi is a voice for Women in the World


Samia Hathroubi, a teacher in the suburbs of Paris and the European Director for the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding, will be appearing at this year’s Women in the World New York Summit, April 5-7.

Russell Simmons Talks to MG About Islamophobia, Muslim Women’s Day and the Media


"The hate has escalated over the years, and I think it’s all this dialogue about hate that has made us all kind of band together. The Muslim community is now put in a group of people at risk: Every woman, every African American, every Latino, every marginalized group are at risk. So now, we start to turn to each other for support – for protection. We are looking out for each other."

Un Dimanche de Rencontre Dans Une Synagogue Parisienne Entre Jeunes Musulmans et Jeunes Juifs Français


On March 26, our European Program Director, Samia Hathroubi, led our annual program, Sadaqa Tsadaka Project, where young Jews and Muslims were welcomed by Rabbi Yann Boissière, at the Liberal Synagogue of Paris, for a day full of activities. The young Muslims, coming from the mosque of Sevran, took part in a didactic Seder of Pessah, and a workshop of calligraphy in Hebrew/Arabic. Next month, their Jewish counterpart will be invited to the Mosque of Sevran.

Turning Off and Tuning Out On Top Of The World


"Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali from the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding both said a few words. The group’s mission is 'to reduce tensions among diverse racial and ethnic communities.' Rabbi Schneier decried the Trump administration’s decision to declare 'open season' on Muslims, and compared the current climate to the ninth biblical plague, 'the plague of darkness, a darkness that affected the heart (...) when we do not see one another and do not care for one another.'”


American Muslims worried about their safety: poll


"A poll carried out by The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a non-profit Muslim-focused think thank, backed up claims that Muslims have felt under siege since Donald Trump’s rise to power."


Virginia Republicans attack AG Herring for visit to mosque with controversial history


“I’ve had a wonderful, wonderful relationship with them,” said Walter Ruby, the Washington-based Muslim-Jewish relations programs director with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding. “It’s really not right to attack a mosque, a whole community, that’s doing wonderful work today.”


De Blasio attends ‘I Am a Muslim Too’ rally 


“We are here to show middle America our beautiful signs and, through our beautiful actions and intentions, that they have been misled,” he said. “They’ll see our rally; they’ll question their government.”


Thousands join 'I Am A Muslim Too' rally in New York to protest Trump's immigration policies


"We love this country, and we want to be accepted. This is our home," Navarro said.


#IAmAMuslimToo rally in New York sees thousands protest against Trump ban  


Co-organised by hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, rabbi Marc Schneier and imam Shamsi Ali, the event, which stretched back multiple city blocks, saw a range of speakers who declared, amid the unseasonable February sunshine: “Today, I am a Muslim too.”


Russell Simmons Headlines NYC Rally Protesting Trump Immigration Policies 


More than a thousand people of various faiths attended the "I Am a Muslim Too" rally, which was held in Times Square on Sunday and was organized by several groups, including the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.


'I Am A Muslim Too' rally held in NY against Trump's travel ban


“We are here because we will not be cogs in this machine that is dismantling our Constitution; that is dismantling our Bill of Rights,” Simmons said.

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‘I am a Muslim too’ immigrations rallies held around US


Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the peaceful rally, saying “we have to dispel the stereotypes” and that America is “a country founded to protect all faiths and all beliefs.”

Russell Simmons Protested President Trump’s Travel Ban at We Are Muslim Too Rally


The Times Square protest was organized by Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Nusantara Foundation in response to Trump’s travel ban, which prohibited refugees and citizens of seven mostly Muslim nations from entering the United States.

Chelsea Clinton and Her Two-Year-Old Daughter Join "Today, I Am A Muslim Too" Solidarity Protest in NYC


New Yorkers of various backgrounds and faiths turned out for the peaceful rally, which was coordinated by several organizations, including the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Jamaica Muslim Center.

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Thousands Of New Yorkers Rally In Midtown To Say “I Am A Muslim Too”


“As a Muslim, I came here to America where I was 17 years old. I consider this my country,” Sarowar told the Voice. “So it doesn’t matter what religion or ethnicity you came here as, everybody comes seeking America because of the freedom of religion.”

Mayor de Blasio, protesters declare ‘I am a Muslim, too’ in rally against Trump's immigration policies


“An attack on anybody’s faith is an attack on all people of faith,” de Blasio told the crowd in Times Square. “I’m proud to say today I am a Muslim, too,” he said. “This is about defending everything the country has always been about.”

I Am A Muslim Too rally in Times Square: See photos


The Today, I Am A Muslim Too rally took over the Crossroads of the World was led by speakers including hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons, Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali.

Organizers said the event was planned in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days.

Chelsea Clinton attends Muslim solidarity rally in NYC


The rally comes after Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The order also puts a temporary halt on the acceptance of refugees and an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees.

Russell Simmons Leads 'I Am a Muslim Too' Rally in New York


"We have to acknowledge there's a change in our country. We have been fighting Islamophobia for many years, but there is a shift towards more hate crimes and more hate," Simmons added Sunday. "But at the same time, we have to recognize there's also an acknowledgement of that hate and a connectivity that it brings, and a partnership and unity that it brings, so we can have this lovefest today."

Chelsea Clinton Took Her Daughter To Her First Protest, To Support The Muslim Community


“We must not fear in the face of oppression," said rally speaker Reverend N.J. L'Heureux Jr. of Queens, adding that our country is stronger than President Trump. "We must work together and stand solidly together."

Simmons on ‘I Am a Muslim Too’ rally in NYC


"Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons joins Joy Reid’s panel discussing the ‘I Am a Muslim Too’ rally being held Saturday in New York City, and the rising tide of protests against Donald Trump’s immigration and other policies."

#IAmAMuslimToo: Celebs, Mayor Show Support for American Muslims at Times Square Rally


"I think now that he's in office, people need to talk to him," he said. "He doesn't realize how much his works will be looked at as horrible in the future. He will leave a legacy of hate and America is moving towards greater love."

In Times Square, Protesters Take To The Streets To Say 'I Am Muslim Too'


"I ask you ... that you commit to being part of the true, never-again generation," Sarsour told the crowd. "Not on our watch, not on my watch, not on your watch."

Crowd Flocks To Times Square For ‘Today, I Am A Muslim Too’ Rally


“We are standing here at this moment in history when it no longer possible to be neutral. If you are silent, then you are complicit.”

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Crowd Flocks To Times Square For ‘Today, I Am A Muslim Too’ Rally


“We are standing here at this moment in history when it no longer possible to be neutral. If you are silent, then you are complicit.”


New Yorkers rally to say 'Today I am a Muslim, too'


"So we are here today to show middle America our beautiful signs and, through our beautiful actions and intention, that they have been misled -- that the seeds of hate that were small and maybe just ignorance cannot be watered, and that hate cannot grow because we are here to assist them in promoting love," Simmons told the crowd.

Russell Simmons Leads ‘I Am A Muslim Too’ Rally in New York


“We are focused on things that are not helpful to America, we’re using the Muslim community as a scapegoat. We are being mean to the people who are the victims of terrorism. All of the diversity we see here today will prevail.”

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NYC 'I Am A Muslim Too' rally protests travel ban


"We are living in a time when unity will make America great. This is a special moment for all Americans of goodwill to band together to promote the kind of compassion and equality for others that we want for ourselves."


Russell Simmons Wants to Fight Islamophobia With His "Today, I Am A Muslim Too" Rally 


"I am a member of all of the spiritual communities," Simmons said in a phone interview. "I feel that I am a Muslim today if you need me to be. I am a Jew today if you need me to be. I am a Christian today if you need me to be. It just seems to me that I should protect my brother because I am my brother."


Russell Simmons to Host “I Am a Muslim Too” Rally This Sunday


“Everyone except white privileged males are in immediate danger,” Simmons said in a statement. “African Americans, women, Latinos, Asians and LGBTQ are all at risk, but there is no freedom in that privileged status either because the spirit of the oppressor is oppressed as well. We are living in a time when unity will make America great. This is a special moment for all Americans of good will to band together to promote the kind of compassion and equality for others that we want for ourselves”


Facts Are Our Greatest Weapon Against Trump’s Muslim Ban


We the people declare Trump’s ban as morally, politically, economically, and ethically unconstitutional.  Trump did not win the popular vote and does not represent the voice of the people. We have taken to the streets in record numbers to remind him of this every day of his presidency —- swaying many of our senators, mayors, assembly members, and members of Congress to join the resistance from within. Trump’s hateful ban violates international law by openly endorsing discrimination against one targeted religion.

Rabbi Schneier's JTA Oped: As allies of Martin Luther King, Jews must fight for the civil rights of Muslims


"As we await the advent of the new Trump administration, it is more important than ever for our community to reconnect with that uplifting chapter in American history half a century ago. We should do so not for the purpose of self-congratulatory platitudes, but rather because we face a similar moment of moral testing now.

Just as many Jews risked their very lives to go to the South in the 1960s in support of our African-Americans brothers and sisters, we must show similar courage and fortitude today and stand up for American Muslims, whose civil and human rights are under attack". 


Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali's Oped: For American Muslims There Is Cause For Hope


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.