FFEU Press Releases



Kick-off of the 2015 Season of Twinning Events: Muslims and Jews declare "We Refuse To Be Enemies"

"While interacting with members of my own faith or ethnic 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".


Some Season of Twinning Events around the USA:


Muslim and Jewish Freedom Riders Travel To "Spread Hummus Not Hate" on November 5th Throughout Washington, DC



Leading NYC Imams and Rabbis to affirm solidarity between our communities and work together against hunger and homelessness on Gramercy Park South, New York City


Rabbi Schneier featured speaker at Congressional Black-Jewish event

June 25, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), in conjunction with Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY), John Lewis (D-GA), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Lee Zeldin (R-NY) and Mia Love (R-UT), hosted a breakfast for Black and Jewish Members of Congress. The purpose of this breakfast was to reflect on the shared experiences of Black and Jewish Americans, and to make certain that these communities continue to work collaboratively to eliminate racism and anti-Semitism both abroad and here at home.


Rabbi Schneier meets with President of Azerbaijan

Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding held a private meeting in Baku with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, His Excellency Mr. Ilham Aliyev. In their meeting, both the President and the Rabbi discussed a number of issues including the Foundation's expanding role in Azerbaijan in the field of Muslim-Jewish relations.


On Public Transport: Support Free Speech, Not Hate Speech

FFEU President Rabbi Marc Schneier 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.  


FFEU leads European Muslim and Jewish Leaders in Fight for Religious Freedom

European Muslim and Jewish leaders to Denmark's Agriculture Minister: We will judge you on your actions, not your words.



American Muslim and Jewish Leaders to Danish Ambassador: Ban of Kosher/Halal Ritual Slaughter Creates a Hostile Environment for Jews, Muslims in Denmark

On Thursday, February 27 2014, a delegation of American Muslim and Jewish leaders, spearheaded by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), met with the Ambassador of Denmark to the United States, Peter Taksoe-Jensen, to express their shock and dismay over Denmark's recent ban on kosher/halal ritual slaughter.

Member of Parliament Stefano Dambruoso welcomes Rabbi Marc Schneier to the Italian Parliament with Indonesian Ambassador to the Vatican, Bahar Budiarman and Imam Yahya Pallavicini.


The Third Track: The Theological Peace Process

Rabbi Marc Schneier met, November 12, with Israeli President Shimon Peres in Jerusalem followed by a meeting the next morning with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah. "Both leaders enthusiastically embraced the Foundation's initiative to open a full-fledged 'third track' to the current peace process, " Rabbi Schneier said, "To create true peace, we must encourage Jews and Muslims to get to know and appreciate each other on a theological level in addition to the existing political and economic tracks."


Muslim and Jewish Leaders from the Southern Hemisphere Issue Joint Statement of Principles:

Standing up for one another declaration of Jews and Muslims from Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa taking part in a joint mission to Washington.



Southern Hemisphere Muslim and Jews Forging 'Common Future' In Washington, D.C. June 4-5, 2013

With the U.S. State Department's eye-opening Report on Religious Freedom showing that both Islamophobia and anti-Semitism are on the rise worldwide, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), is spearheading a Mission to Washington of Muslim and Jewish leaders from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa on June 4-5.


Rabbi Marc Schneier at Congressional Black-Jewish event hosted by Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL)


Rabbi Marc Schneier, Russell Simmons, and FFEU honored at Congress for 25 years of leadership in Black-Jewish relations

As the nation marked the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, a unique ceremony took place in the US Capitol, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Freedom Rides Summer and honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU).

FFEU European Director, Samia Hathroubi, and Denmark's Minister of Food and Agriculture, Dan Jorgensen


Delegation of Muslim and Jewish Leaders Receive Assurance from Council of Europe Secretary General of Firm Opposition to Circumcision Ban

Thorbjorn Jagland Says Religious Discrimination of Minorities is a "very dangerous avenue to pursue"


FFEU Opens New Office in Europe

The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding has opened a new office in Europe headed by Samia Hathroubi, an award winning writer and community activist. Samia takes charge of the Paris based FFEU initiative as the Muslim and Jewish communities of Europe are coming under increased bigotry.


Mayor David Dinkins Weighs in on Knockout Game

Former Mayor of New York, David N. Dinkins, joined Reverend Al Sharpton, President of the National Action Network, and Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, hip-hop legend Russell Simmons and Jewish leader Rabbi Marc Schneier, Chairman and President, respectively, of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, in speaking out on knockout game violence and the targeting of Jews.

Rabbi Marc Schneier with Israeli President Shimon Peres

South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, Dr. Maqsoud Choudry, Rabbi Marc Schneier(President of FFEU), and Imam Mohamed Magid(President of ISNA) speak at a breakfast hosted by Ambassador Rasool about how to change the paradigm of Muslim-Jewish relations in South Africa


The Young Leadership Benefit: A Smash Hit!

On Monday, March 18th Russell Simmons graciously opened his private New York home to host the first Young Leadership Benefit along with his partner Rabbi Marc Schneier. The purpose of the event was to do much more than simply raise funds for the Foundation's groundbreaking work. Rather, the Young Leadership Benefit sought to expose and expand our work into the next generation of Young Leaders. The audience was filled with young entrepreneurs and public figures who not only dedicated themselves to furthering ethnic understanding, but also had a wonderful time doing it!

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