RUTGERS STUDENTS, FAITH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS COME TOGETHER AT UNIVERSITY FOR STATE-WIDE STAND UP FOR THE OTHER RALLY

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Dr. Ashghar Kharazi, Board of Directors, Masjid-e-Ali, Somerset, NJ; Jacob Toporek, Executive Director, NJ State Association of Jewish Federations; New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino; State Senator Raymond Lesniak; Dr. Ali Chaudry, co-founder New Jersey Interfaith Coalition; Walter Ruby, Muslim-Jewish Program Director, FFEU, Rabbi Esther Reed, Senior Associate Director for Jewish Campus Life, Rutgers University; Steven Gutkin, Deputy Director, NJ Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; Imam Mustafa El-Amin, Masjid Ibrahim, Newark, NJ Atiya Aftab, Chair, Sisterhood of Salaam-Shalom

Rutgers Muslim, Jewish and Catholic students at Rutgers University came together with a wide assortment of faith leaders and elected and state officials from across New Jersey at a Stand Up for The Other rally at Rutgers University on the evening of November 1. The event, co-sponsored by FFEU with the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition and other groups, was a kickoff event for the 2016 Season of Twinning and featured student leaders and officials vowing to Stand Up for The Other if members of any faith or ethnic community come under attack. The participants signed a Stand Up for The Other pledge, written by Dr. Ali Chaudry, founder of the New Jersey Interfaith Coalition and a longtime ally of FFEU in Muslim-Jewish relations, promising that they will speak up0 if they hear bigotry against any community–even if the bigotry comes from members of their own community. Student leaders of Rutgers Hillel, the Rutgers Muslim Public Relations Council and Rutgers Salaam-Shalom promised to strengthen ties between Muslim and Jewish students on the campus, even while agreeing to disagree respectfully on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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New Jersey Jewish News covered this event! Please click here to read the article!

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