Led by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons President and Chairman respectively, the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding is dedicated to fighting intolerance and promoting understanding between ethnic or religious communities.


FFEU In The News


FFEU Chairman Russell Simmons sat down with the Daily Show host Trevor Noah to talk about #MuslimsAreSpeakingOut and Islamophobia. Click on the image to watch the interview.

Muslims Are Speaking Out - #MASO is a campaign showing how American-Muslims are denouncing extremism, terrorism and fighting misconceptions about them. 

Share. Like. Speak Out. Tag @MASOFFEU on Facebook. #MASO

Click on the image to watch FFEU Chairman Russell Simmons' interview with Yahoo News Now on Aug. 1st, 2016 about Islamophobia, bigotry and our campaign, "Muslims Are Speaking Out - #MASO." @MASOFFEU

Click on the image to watch FFEU Chairman Russell Simmons' interview with Yahoo News Now on Aug. 1st, 2016 about Islamophobia, bigotry and our campaign, "Muslims Are Speaking Out - #MASO." @MASOFFEU

Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, on the importance of fighting Islamophobia.

Sean Stone sits down with the founder of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Rabbi Marc Schneier, to discuss the role American Muslims are playing in denouncing acts of bigotry and terrorism, as well as his foundation's role in disseminating this peaceful message.

Muslims Are Speaking Out is a campaign led by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) a not-for-profit that strengthen cooperation between Jewish, African American, Muslim, Latino and other ethnic and religious communities: Mainstream Muslims are speaking out against terrorism and fanaticism, clearly and consistently but their voice is not really heard.

Orthodox Rabbi Marc Schneier organized the first ever "Today, I am a Muslim Too" rally in 2010 with Russell Simmons and a number of other celebrities. This clip was taken on January 18th as part of My Fellow American's "What is the truth about Islam in America?
Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali discuss issues that divide and unite Jews and Muslims, which they address in their book, "Sons Of Abraham." From the Skirball Center for Jewish Learning at Temple Emanu-El in New York City.

#MuslimsAreSpeakingOut - #MASO via LaunchGood

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Together, we will be heard and will make a difference!

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2016 Season of Twinning



Rally Participants to Declare: We Will Stand Up for Each Other and Fight Hatred and Fear Mongering No Matter Who Wins the Election on November 8!

Concerned about an increase in bigoted rhetoric and hate crimes in recent months, members of Muslim and Jewish student groups and community activists from the Greater Washington area will come together at a first-of-its-kind Rally on the Quad at American University (AU) on Thursday, October 20 from 4:30-5:45 to vow to defend each other and oppose the demonization of any faith or ethnic community, regardless of the election results on November 8th or other external events.

As an expression of that commitment, participants in the rally, including leaders of AU Hillel, the Jewish Student Association, the AU Islam Awareness Campaign, and the Muslim Student Association, as well as interfaith activists of all faiths from around Greater Washington, will sign the Religious Freedom Pledge, which commits signers to “uphold and defend the freedom of conscience of all individuals by rejecting and speaking out, without reservation, against bigotry, discrimination, harassment and violence based on religion or belief.” http://www.religiousfreedompledge.us/

The rally at AU, which is being hosted by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at AU, in cooperation with the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, is the culminating event of the Third Annual "Spread Hummus, Not Hate" (SHNH) day-long minivan tour of Greater Washington on October 20, during which Muslim and Jewish activists visit mosques, synagogues, campuses and a public park in downtown Washington to say, “We are Muslims and Jews coming out in public to express our love for each other and our dedication to working together for the betterment of both our communities as well as the Greater Washington community in which we live side by side.” 

Riders on the SHNH minivan will share free hummus and pita with people at multiple venues during the daylong tour that also includes a lunchtime encounter at Farragut Square in downtown Washington.

See the below itinerary of the Oct 20th SHNH Minivan tour:

  8:30 AM   The Muslim Community Center, Silver Spring, MD

10:15 AM   The University of Maryland, College Park, MD

11:30 AM    Masjid Muhammad, Washington, DC

12:45 PM    Farragut Square Park, Washington, DC

  2:00 PM    Temple Shalom, Chevy Chase, MD

  3:15 PM    Washington Hebrew Congregation, Washington, DC

  4:30 PM    American University, Rally on the Quad, Washington DC



Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali's book Sons of Abraham in paper back!

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. The two authors are leading religious figures from Judaism and Islam. Together they expose the dark roots of the anti-Semitism and Islamophobia that many young Muslims and Jews are still being taught today by their teachers and communities.




Shared Dreams Rabbi Marc Schneier and Martin Luther King III

"The history of Americans of African descent and Jewish descent is a story of two groups of people who have suffered uncommon persecution but who have persevered with uncommon faith. This is our common ground. We share the dream of a beloved community where one can live without the threat of racism, poverty, or violence. We share the dream of a beloved community where one can live without the threat of racism, poverty, or violence. We share the dream of a beloved community where the worst of the human spirit is defeated by our best. In Shared Dreams, Rabbi Schneier reiterates our commonality, as upheld by Martin Luther King, Jr. and fuels the reader to continue to work for the advancement of race relations among all God's children."

-Martin Luther King III


Sons Of Abraham is available on Amazon.

Shared Dreams is available on Jewish Lights

Shared Dreams is available on Jewish Lights


Find events and opportunities in your area! The calendar below is a public calendar for The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

Please click here to view our current 2016 Calendar.

Please feel free to add events to your personal Google Calendar, click on the (Google Calendar) link beneath each event.



April 14, 2016 --- Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)'s Interfaith and Government Relations Forum in Washington, DC.

March 23, 2016 --- FFEU Leadership meets with Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair in NYC.

Marc 22, 2016 --- Festival Voice of Peace, Paris City Hall.

March 17, 2016 --- Conference on Religion, Social Action and Urban Policy: London and Paris Face to Face in Paris, France.

March 16, 2016 --- FFEU Shows Support for the Republic of Azerbaijan with Notable Muslim and Jewish Leaders in Washington, DC.

February 25, 2016 --- NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee Living Museum Series Sponsored by FFEU; 96th Street Mosque.

February 23, 2016 --- Inter-faith Conference in Rabat, Morocco.

February 18, 2016 --- Generation NXT 7th Annual Charity Fundraiser Supporting FFEU at PH-D Lounge, 7-11pm.

February 11, 2016 (6pm) --- Live Ideas: A Journey of Reflection, Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali at New York Live Arts (219 W 19th St., NY, NY 10011). For tickets, go to http://newyorklivearts.org/event/sons-of-abraham 

January 30, 2016 (4:45-5:45pm) --- Rabbi Marc Schneier and Russell Simmons talk, Fighting for the Other, at Limmud FSU West Coast Conference in Pasadena, CA. (http://limmudfsu.org)

January 17, 2016 --- MLK Day's commemoration. More Information here

January 2016 --- 8th International Season of Twinning. More information here





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