FFEU's #OurChildrenNow fundraising campiagn benefits the children of Crimean Tatars
Children of Crimean Tatar Political Prisoners enjoy festive Kurban Bayram (Eid Al-Adha) holiday celebration thanks to support from FFEU's #OurChildrenNow fundraising campaign
Thanks to generosity of donors who gave more than $6000 to FFEU’s #OurChildrenNow fund raising campaign on behalf of nearly 100 children of Crimean Tatar political prisoners on the LaunchGood.com crowd sourcing site, the Crimean Tatar community was able to hold a joyous Kurban Bayram celebration in the ancient Crimean Tatar capital city of Bakchisserai for the wives and children of political prisoners being held in prison in administrative detention by Russian authorities or sentenced to lengthy jail sentences on trumped up charges.
The festive event, held at the Guzel Café, was the first happy, stress free occasions many of the children had experienced since their fathers were arrested; with gifts, games, a workshop in making clay objects and entertainment by clowns and a dance ensemble. In addition, the children of the political prisoners, who were deprived of the of the only breadwinner capable to provide adequately for them. are now receiving food, clothing and school supplies on a regular basis thanks to the #OurChildrenNow campaign.
According to Lillia Budjurova organizer of the event, “All of us in the Crimean Tatar community want to thank with our whole hearts those who are helping our children and who made it possible to organize this beautiful celebration, which raised the morale of the entire Crimean Tatar community.” A mother of one of the children said tearfully, “I have never seen our children so happy and carefree. I only wish their fathers could be with all of us and be part of this holiday.” Said another, “it feels so good to know that we have not been forgotten by the world.”
Interfaith Iftar Dinners And Welcoming The Refugees 2016
The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding is supporting and partnering with different organizations in hosting a series of interfaith Iftars as well as welcome dinner for refugees in different cities:
- June 29, 2016 --- Iftar at the Turkish Cultural Center, Lanham, MD
FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program Director Walter Ruby was the only non-Muslim speaker at the Iftar Dinner held at the Diyanet Center of America (Turkish Cultural Center) in Lanham, MD. At the event, Walter assured the leaders of Muslim organizations attending the event: "American Muslims are not alone. FFEU stands shoulder to shoulder with you in fighting against Islamophobia and all forms of bigotry". The event, which was hosted by Turkish Ambassador H.E. Serder Kilic, featured remarks by leaders of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), Council of American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), United States Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO) and All-Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS Center).
Walter also conveyed FFEU's deep condolences to Ambassador Kilic about the terrorist attack on Istanbul Airport on the previous day.
- June 26, 2016 --- Refugees event in Detroit
FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program Director Walter Ruby led a panel discussion on "Refugee Resettlement: How the Greater Detroit Organizations Respond to the Uprooted" at the Points of Light Foundation's Conference on Volunteering and Service held this year in the Motor City. The participants were Jeralda Hattar, Director of Immigration and Refugee Services, Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan; Rabbi Mark Miller, Senior Rabbi, Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills; Imam Mohammed Mardini, Imam and religious director of the American Muslim Center in Dearborn; and Pastor Jack Eggleston, Assitant to the Bishop, Southeast Michigan Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Walter Ruby also was a guest at Off the Cuff, a WDHT-TV program hosted by Siham Awada Jaafar, one of the co-chairs of the Greater Detroit Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Council (GDMJSC) to discuss Muslim-Jewish relations.
June 25, 2016 --- Interfaith Iftar in New Jersey
On June 25, 2016, the Islamic Society of Basking Ridge - ISBR and the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding sponsored an Interfaith Iftar and Welcome Dinner for Syrian refugees attended by 200 people. Walter Ruby, FFEU Muslim-Jewish Director spoke on behalf of FFEU at the dinner.
June 23, 2016 --- NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee's Second Annual Iftar
Our young Leadership partners, the NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, organized their 2nd Annual Iftar at New York's Temple Emanu-El. The NYCMJSC brought a wonderful group of 200 passionate people willing to stand up for the other and to deepen Muslim-Jewish relations. The event supported by The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU was held under the theme: Welcoming Refugees and New Immigrants. FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany spoke at the event on behalf of the Foundation.
June 14, 2016 --- interfaith Iftar at the Nusantara Foundation
The Nusantara Foundation led by FFEU's partner, Imam Shamsi Ali, held its inaugural Interfaith Iftar on June 14. The inspirational event was attended by Muslim, Jewish and Christian leaders as well as interfaith activists including FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany.
Condolences were expressed to the families of the victims of the Orlando shootings. Speakers voiced their commitment to fighting hatred and intolerance and to building bridges of understanding between communities.
June 2, 2016 --- Welcome Refugee Dinner at Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church VA
On June 2, more than 200 Jews and Muslims, including about 40 recently arrived Syrian refugees, came together at Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, VA for a joyous Welcome Dinner for Syrian refugees. The dinner, which was initiated by FFEU and co-sponsored together with Temple Rodef Shalom, McLean Islamic Center, Syrian American Council and Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, was the first Welcome Dinner to be held in a synagogue, among similar dinners being held houses of worship across the country as part of Refugee Welcome Month.
The Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committees (MJSC) build on the inspiring success of the Weekend of Twinning in order to strengthen Muslim-Jewish communication in communities across North America on a year-round basis. The Solidarity Committees serve as umbrella bodies for Muslim-Jewish relations in their metropolitan areas, with the task of coordinating and publicizing the work of local Muslim-Jewish groups. While the MJSC's are initiated by FFEU, these committees are locally organized; most of the committees will have three focus areas:
- Standing Up for Each Other (Muslims and Jews taking joint public stands against hate crimes, incitement or discrimination directed at either community)
- Learning About Each Other so as to counteract Islamophobia and anti-Semitism within our respective communities
- Organizing and Publicizing Cultural, Festive and Social Service Events in order to deepen communal ties and allow individual Jews and Muslims to connect on a personal level
Rabbi Marc Schneier, keynote speaker, at Temple Emanu-El addressed a group of 250 young leaders about Muslim Jewish Interfaith dialogue at an event organized by the NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee (NYCMJSC), an NGO created by the FFEU consisting of influential young leaders from Muslim and Jewish communities in New York City.
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