On Nov. 27, our friends at UMAF Sweden, led by Siavosh Derakhti, held an event in Malmo to bring together 70 young participants from different backgrounds for a diploma ceremony. The youth group reflected on their trip earlier this year to Auschwitz-Birkenau and discussed the importance of understanding the Holocaust, as well as combating antisemitism and Islamophobia. The event was part of the FFEU’s Season of Twinning with the Muslim World League #Twinning2019
On Nov. 26, FFEU partner Indian Pluralism Foundation. and LIPS organized a series of interfaith essay competitions for the underprivileged community of Tangra in Kolkota, India. The event engaged young participants as part of the Season of Twinning with the Muslim World League. Check it out #Twinning2019
On Friday, November 22, French NGO Espoir 18, The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU partner, held their first film screening session on the fight against anti-Semitism with “Tout, tout de suite.” The movie tells the story of Ilan Halimi who was kidnapped for ransom and subsequently killed in a Paris suburb, under the assumption that being Jewish also means having money. The film raises questions about the state of anti-Semitism in France, and was shown as a part of #Twinning2019
As part of the The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU Season of Twinning with the Muslim World League, a wonderful event was hosted in Toronto, Canada by JSpaceCanada on November 19. A full house turned out at the Imdadul Islamic Centre for a session on building allies in the struggle antisemitism and islamophopia. FFEU was also proud to have representatives from the National Council of Canadian Muslims, the Khadijah Centre and the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims. Check out the photos below #Twinning2019
FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany introduced Alhaji Khuzaima Osman, Personal Assistant to the National Chief Imam of Ghana, to Rabbi Noach Majesky, head of Chabad of Ghana. They met in Accra to discuss an interfaith event in late November as part of #Twinning2019 with the Muslim World League
This past Sunday, more than 300 people attended the parade and celebration of the birth of the prophet Mohammed in front of the California State Capitol building in Sacramento. The event was organized by Mahomed Khan, head of Starpower Offering Peace & Prosperity, with FFEU support. Mahomed Khan conveyed a message from Rabbi Marc Schneier about the importance of Muslim and Jewish twinning events. A letter from Congressman Brad Sherman was read in support of the celebration. The letter thanked Mahomed Khan for continuing to bring together Jewish, Muslim and other communities of faith. The keynote presenter was Qari Syed Saddaqat Ali, a world renowned Quran reciter who has millions of followers around the world #Twinning2019
On Sunday Nov. 17, 2019, The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU hosted its second annual Feeding the Hungry event at The Brotherhood Synagogue, in partnership with Muslims Against Hunger and the NY Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee. Muslim and Jewish volunteers packed 6,200 meals for the needy.
FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany, Brotherhood synagogue Rabbi Daniel Alder, Muslim Against Hunger Founder Zamir Hassan, Bronx Islamic Cultural Center Head Sheikh Musa Drammeh, Bob Wolf of Brotherhood Synagogue, Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee Trustee Sabeeha Rehman introduced the program.
NYU Students and members of the Peace Islands Institute also attended the program and volunteered.
After the event, 5,000 meals were brought to St Nicholas of Myra Orthodox Church for distribution. #Twinning2019 Muslim World League
On November 15, 2019, Rabbi Israel Uzan and Imam Abdulkareem Shefiu Majemu were hosted by the Human Right Radio Station in Abuja, Nigeria to discuss interfaith cooperation, followed by a visit to the Habibiyyah Mosque, Guzape, Asokoro, Abuja. The event was part of The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU’s Season of Twinning in partnership with the Muslim World League #Twinning2019
On November 14, 2019, Imam Abdulkareem Shefiu Majemu and Rabbi Israel Uzan organized a Muslim-Jewish Twinning Festival Humanitarian visit to Kujingoro Primary Health Care Centre and to the Internally Displaced Persons Camp (IDP) in Abuja. The delegation with the support of The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU donated 150 IDPs and sick including children.
Imam Abdulkareem Shefiu is executive director of the Strength in Diversity Development Centre, the Islamic Platform Society of Nigeria, and the Islamic Resource Centre. Rabbi Israel is the head of the Chabad Jewish Community Center of Nigeria. Muslim World League #Twinning2019