Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali's book
Racism and bigotry can infect the fabric of a community but what factors contribute to the rise of these judgments of character in the first place? At a time when incidents of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia in particular are on the rise, the newly published paperback version of the book, Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues That Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims, explores the erroneous ideas that extremists in each religion use to justify harmful behavior. It tackles one of the biggest and most urgent challenges communities all over the world currently face – namely fighting against existing misperceptions and misconceptions about the other.
Rabbi Marc Schneier
I am a strong supporter of the right to free speech guaranteed in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, a principle which is at the very heart of the liberties we enjoy in America. Nevertheless, I applaud the April 28 decision by the Board of the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) to ban all political advertising on its buses and subways, rather than accede to a U.S. District judge's irresponsible ruling that the MTA must allow an inflammatory ad that defames Muslims and appears to incite violence against Jews. Hopefully, the decision by the MTA to take a necessary action that sadly limits political speech will trigger a reappraisal through which the American legal system begins to make a clearer distinction between free speech and hate speech.
The FFEU has become the international address for Muslim-Jewish relations. Our Muslim-Jewish Programming takes place in over 30 countries and on all six populated continents through our signature program "The Weekend of Twinning."
Building off of The Weekend of Twinning, FFEU has initiated Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committees across North America. These locally run and organized committees will stand up for the other, learn about the other, and host cultural and social events.
Standing Up for the Other
FFEU is the international address for Muslim Jewish Relations and the national address for Black-Jewish relations. We are committed to the belief that direct dialogue between ethnic communities is the most effective path towards reconciliation.
The FFEU was founded in 1989 for the purpose of restoring the historic alliance between African and Jewish Americans which reached its strongest point during the American Civil Rights Movement.
The FFEU is working to understand, and improve relations between Latinos and Jews.