Season of Twinning Events in NYC!

Join leading NYC Imams and Rabbis to affirm solidarity between our communities and work together against hunger and homelessness!

When: Sunday, November 22

Where: THE BROTHERHOOD SYNAGOGUE, 28 Gramercy Park South, New York NY, 10003

Featured Speakers:
Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer
Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
Imam Shamsi Ali of Jamaica Muslim Center and President of the Nusantara Foundation
Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, Executive Director of the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at NYU
Daisy Khan, President of the WISE Muslim Women
Rabbi Daniel Alder, spiritual leader of The Brotherhood Synagogue
Sheikh Moussa Drammeh of the Islamic Cultural Center of North
America and Founder of Peace December
Rabbi Jeremy Kalmanovsky, senior rabbi,Congregation Ansche Chesed

Ibrahim Sayar, Director of Interfaith Affairs, Peace Islands Institute
Zamir Hassan, Founder and President Muslims Against Hunger.

*Registration required by November 18th at*

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Twinning Event in Manchester Grammar School

Impressive event held in Manchester Grammar School taught the importance of religious tolerance, togetherness and peace between different ethnic communities. The Twinning slogan, “We Refuse To Be Enemies” drove the spirit of the event for over 300 students and several teachers in attendance!


Speakers included Heather Fletcher representing the Muslim Jewish Forum as its Co-Chair and Qaisra Shahraz representing the same forum as an executive member and as the Vice Chair of Faith Network 4 Manchester.


According to Qaisra Shahraz, who helped organize this incredible day of Twinning, the event endured “a lovely and lively atmosphere as we enjoyed eating Hummus and Pitta bread and posing for pictures. Most memorable and happy afternoon.”



The event wishes to thank, “Terrie James, Jane Withel, Dan Farr, the teachers, the two sixth form boys who introduced us and Hannah Salomon from UJIA who has helped to arrange this event.”


Link to Qaisra’s blog:


AJMF Paris Press Release:

Chers Amis et Amies,

Comment ne pas manifester notre émotion, notre soutien et notre compassion à ceux qui ont été touchés de plein fouet par les menées de l’obscurantisme?

Les événements dramatiques que notre pays traverse à nouveau soulignent la pertinence de nos actions et de nos mises en garde. Et si les mesures de prudence et de répression s’imposent, elles ne doivent pas faire oublier le travail de prévention et de fond qui, seul, ramènera la cohésion dans notre société.

Nous saluons l’action de tous ceux qui œuvrent pour notre sécurité, ainsi que celle des associations sœurs qui militent pour le bien vivre ensemble. Sans elles, le repli, la méfiance, la haine et les amalgames deviendraient la règle dans les comportements.

Nous appelons les instances nationales représentatives juives et musulmanes, religieuses ou profanes, à travailler ensemble à l’éradication des fléaux qui minent nos sociétés: le racisme, l’antisémitisme et le racisme antimusulman.

Nous appelons chacun et chacune d’entre vous à nous manifester son soutien, à nous faire connaître, et à être des militants de la rencontre, du dialogue et de la connaissance.

A toutes et à tous, nos vœux de courage dans leur travail pour la paix.



Le Bureau de l’AJMF Paris

Sun. 22: 2nd Annual Imams and Rabbis Summit in the Washington DC. area

SILVER SPRING, MD: On November 22, 2015 a number of organizations in the Washington, D.C. area will convene a summit of Muslim and Jewish clergy and religious leaders from across the region at the Indonesian Muslim Association in America (IMAAM) Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. This will be the second annual summit of its kind in the Washington D.C. area.

Here is the press release:

Contact: Hamza Khan, 301-851-1173



Nov. 19: Twinning Event in Detroit!

More than 100 Muslims and Jews from across Greater Detroit took part in a Muslims and Jews We Refuse to Be Enemies event at the Student Center at Wayne State University on Thursday evening November 19.

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Pictured Left to Right: Siham Jaafer, Rabbi Dorit Edut and Samatha Woll of Greater Detorit Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Council

The unity event feature speeches by WSU President M. Roy Wilson, FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program DireImam Mohamed Mardini and Rabbi Norm Roman, two of the pioneers in building relations in Greater Detroit over the past 30 years.
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Eviatar Baksis, Israel shaliach at WSU Hillel and Achmed Sabbagh, President of the Arab Student Union at WSU

The event included remarks by leaders of the Jewish, Muslim and Arab student groups at WSU and an awards ceremony for Muslim and Jewish high school students who wrote essays and did art work celebrating diversity and Muslims-Jewish friendship.
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Old friends and allies in Detroit: Imam Mohammed Mardini and Rabbi Norm Roman

After a poignant and moving Moment of Silence for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Beirut, Israel and elsewhere, the event took on a festive, joyful and boundary crossing flavor with Muslim and Jewish participants doing a hora together to music performed by the Kidz Klezmer Group of Greater Detroit, and rapping along with Muslim hip hop performer Omar Aburashed.
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Omar Aburashed performs his hip hop composition opposing violence and calling for Interfaith coming together

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Kidz Klezmar Group performs Israeli folk song

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Teenage winners of the Creative Writing contest display their certificates

In addition to FFEU and GDMJSC, the event was co-sponsored by Ameinu Detroit, Michigan Muslim Community Council, Jewish Community Relations Council, Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, Congregation T’chiya, Islamic Organization of North America, Interfaith Leadership Council of Metro Detroit and others.
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December 2nd: Season of Twinning Event in Manchester!

Make sure to RSVP for the Multi-Faith #Tw15nning event hosted by the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester! Speakers will be students from different faiths! In attendance will be some lecturers, students & student ambassadors,  as well as some representatives of different faiths, our executive teams for both MJF, FN4M and some members from We Stand Together.

When: December 2, 2015. 1-3pm

Where: Student Chaplaincy, St. Peter’s House

RSVP by Nov. 23: or

Looking forward to an afternoon of “making new friends and helping improve community relations!”

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Nov. 22: Season of Twinning Event in Berlin Hosted by The Saalam-Schalom Branch Initiative

Hosted by The Saalam-Schalom Initiative, this year’s brunch is apart of the international “Season of Twinning.” In cooperation with the Foundation for Ethnic Understading (FFEU), Jews and Muslims gather worldwide in November 2015 and declare “We Refuse To Be Enemies”
The event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 22 at the Neuköllner Leuchtturm.
We stand united against racism and antisemitism, and share our reality of solidarity. In times of increasing violence, discrimination and polarization, we call for more proximity, openness and equal participation in society. Exclusion and separation are no alternatives. That is why we invite our neighbors to SaSha’s November brunch, to share voices that too often get lost in the cries of racism.
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Facebook page for Brunch Event:
Facebook page for The Saalam-Schalom Initiative:

FFEU European Director, Samia Hathroubi, Takes the Media by Storm After Tragedies in France

Samia Hathroubi, FFEU European Director based in France, is taking the media by storm after the terrorist attacks in Paris. NPR, Bbc5, PBS, Aljazeera UK and Aljazeera America, Sky News, French newspaper Libération and other Norwegian and Turkish media outlets interview her.


NPR:  After Paris Attacks, Some Fear Backlash Against Muslim

PBS Newshour: Samia Hathroubi shared her thoughts after the attack in Paris on hoping that French society won’t fall in the terrorists trap:

MSNBC: Samia Hathroubi interviewed by Chris Hayes on MSNBC in All In with Chris Hayes. She emphasized the importance of our Muslim-Jewish work especially after a Jewish teacher was stabbed in Marseille, Tuesday evening, by purported ISIS supporters.

Huffington Post Live: “We need to bring more positive narrative in the media” said Samia Hathroubi while being interviewed with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, by the HuffPost live at 11.45 am EST. She highlights the importance of the Season of Twinning initiated by FFEU to create interfaith and interpersonal links between Muslims and Christians. She also gave her expertise about the situation of Muslims in France.



Liberation: Samia signs the call “We are united” in French newspaper

International Business Times:

Huffington Post article in French“French Muslims caught in the crossfire

AlJazeera UKSamia is pictured

ChEEk Magazine:

Bergens Tidende:

KTQV: Samia Hathroubi: “Do we really think that bombing a city of 200,000 people will help us combat terrorism in our own country?”



VPR Vermont’s NPR News Source: “Samia Hathroubi of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding said this is not a clash of civilizations, but rather a clash of ‘humanity and brotherhood against inhumanity and blind violence.’”

Middle East Eye: “Sadly the victims represent well what France is: young and multicultural. This is what the terrorists were targeting. That way, as French people, we are all victims of them. For instance, a friend of mine, Fatoumate, who wears the hijab, she hasn’t been out for two days now. Me and her are not living the same reality. Obviously I’m less ‘visible’ than her. But we won’t cave in.”

The Telegraph: By Samia Hathroubi

Muslim Community Report: Walter Ruby, FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program Director, discusses the Season of Twinning in juxtaposition with the tragedies in France.


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