Solidarity Committees

About MJSC

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


Temple Emanu-El 

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.


Blog

The FFEU blog is a resource for the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committees and individuals, like you, who care about Muslim-Jewish activism.

Click here to go to the blog where you can share your experiences in the field of Muslim-Jewish relations with fellow activists  in the growing global movement. This is the space for grassroots participants in Muslim-Jewish relations in diverse locales, from Los Angeles to London, Toronto to Tunis, Manhattan to Melbourne and Vienna to Virginia; to communicate with each other-sharing diverse approaches and best practices for bringing Jews and Muslims together. Here you can:

* Please contact ffeu@ffeu.org and send in information on upcoming Muslim-Jewish events so that we can get the word out to people across town and around the world about what you will be doing

*Share stories and photos from just-completed  events and programs

*Send us your reflections on the need for Muslim-Jewish cooperation and how to overcome challenges that arise.

*Converse and communicate with fellow activists around the globe


MJSC Media

Jewish Journal

L.A.'s Jews and Muslims partner in 'twinning' events

When Jews and Muslims came together for a “twinning” event on Nov. 16, the Pico Union Project was filled with jamming, rapping, rhetoric, dancing and more.

 

New Jersey Jewish News

'Twinning' event centers on desire for peace

Eight thousand miles away from a part of the world where violent confrontations between Muslims and Jews occur on a near-daily basis, a roomful of people from both religions gathered at a mosque to discuss what they perceive to have in common.

 

Washington Post

Religion News Services

‘Spread hummus, not hate’ campaign unites Muslims, Jews

A small band of Jews and Muslims marched through one of the city’s busiest squares Tuesday (Oct. 14) shouting “Spread Hummus! Not Hate!”

 

American Islamic Congress

Voices Against Radicalism attend Spread Hummus Not Hate event

Today at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD), I attended a fun and meaningful event called Spread Hummus Not Hate. I thought the mission of the event aligned well with our current campaign, Voices Against Radicalism.

 

Diamondback

Group looking to improve Muslim-Jewish relations with hummus stops in College Park

A rainbow “peace” flag waved in the background as more than 20 students held up signs that read “Arabs, Muslims and Jews refuse to be enemies!” outside of Stamp Student Union’s main entrance Tuesday morning.

 

My Central Jersey

Group aims to bridge the gap between Muslims and Jews

New Jersey Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee headed by Jewish and Muslim leaders throughout the state is aiming to rewrite the dialogue of mistrust and misperception

 

Jewish Journal

Muslim-Jewish statement on the murder of innocents in Israel

We are a group of Muslim and Jewish community and religious leaders in Los Angeles and Orange County. Although we have important disagreements about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and how it ought to be resolved, all of us together affirm that the murder of innocent people, be they Muslim or Jewish, is a desecration of God’s name and violation of the most basic tenets of our faiths. There is no possible justification for such acts and we utterly reject them. We are all children of Abraham and are beloved of God.

 

Examiner

Faith communities come together to protest anti-Muslim Metro bus ad

On Monday, an interfaith coalition representing ten different faith groups which included, Baha’i, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Sikh, Unitarian Universalist and Zoroastrian, held a peaceful protest at the Rockville Metro Station to counter Geller’s anti-Islam ad. A statement issued by the Montgomery County Faith Community Working Group, said, “We stand united against all misinterpretations of the Quran as of all scripture that divide and misguide public sentiment toward prejudice and hatred. We seek to understand the Quran and all sacred works for the enlightenment they offer.”

 

Gazette.net: Maryland community news online

Religious leaders slam anti-Muslim bus ads

New ads on Metro buses with a photo of Adolf Hitler and a prominent Muslim leader represent the “bigotry and hate” that divide people and spur hatred, religious groups said Monday morning.

 

New Jersey Jewish News

Meetings Solidify Jewish-Muslim Coalition

When a Rockaway mosque encountered what it felt was unfair action by the local zoning board to undermine many of its activities, the New Jersey Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee sprang into action.


Interfaith Iftar Dinners and welcoming the refugees

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 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.

  • 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 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 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 26, 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.

 

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Points of Light Neil Bush (second from right), brother of former president George W. Bush, leads a discussion on how to motivate voluntarism at the Points of light conference in Detroit.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Points of Light Neil Bush (second from right), brother of former president George W. Bush, leads a discussion on how to motivate voluntarism at the Points of light conference in Detroit.

Participants in the panel chaired by Walter Ruby. (L-R): Jeralda Hattar, Rabbi Mark Miller, Imam Mohammed Mardini, Pastor Jack Eggleston. 

Participants in the panel chaired by Walter Ruby. (L-R): Jeralda Hattar, Rabbi Mark Miller, Imam Mohammed Mardini, Pastor Jack Eggleston. 

Left to right: Walter Ruby, Rabbi Dorit Edut and Siham Awada Jaafar.

Left to right: Walter Ruby, Rabbi Dorit Edut and Siham Awada Jaafar.

  • 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.

FFEU's Walter Ruby, Turkish Ambassador Serder Kilic, Andra Baylus and Andrea Barron of Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum.

FFEU's Walter Ruby, Turkish Ambassador Serder Kilic, Andra Baylus and Andrea Barron of Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum.