On October 31st, 2019, The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU partner The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester hosted a panel on citizenship rights, featuring both Muslim and Jewish panelists. The Forum’s co-chair Councillor Heather Fletcher moderated an engaging discussion on feeling a sense of belonging in local communities, states, and beyond. Muslim World League #Twinning2019
Pictured below, from left to right: Forum Co-Chair Mohammed Amin; Speaker David Berkley QC, Barrister; Forum Co-Chair and event chair Cllr Heather Fletcher; Speaker Ahmed Nadim, Barrister; Forum Co-Founder Afzal Khan CBE MP; Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Abid Chohan; Speaker Joanne Feldman, Solicitor; and Speaker Nasir Hafezi, Solicitor.
The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU kicked-off the start of its Global Season of Twinning, together with the Muslim World League, with a Muslims Against Antisemitism Commemoration Service in partnership with Indian Pluralism Foundation. and in collaboration with Centre for Peace and Spirituality International and AJC – Global Jewish Advocacy, to remember the victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting last year.
The event also honored the myriad religious hate crime victims who are targeted across the world including the killings in the mosques, temples and churches.
This Remembrance prayer meet held in Beth El Synagogue in Kolkata, India on October 26th, 2019 was attended mostly by the Muslim community, who stood hand in hand and shoulder to shoulder with their Jewish brothers. Imam Abdul Aziz from Nakhuda Mosque offered his prayers and continued support towards promoting Jewish-Muslim harmony. #Twinning2019
As the Season of Twinning continues, we thank one of our UK partners, The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester, for holding another twinning event on January 13th, 2019. The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester’s members and friends gathered in Prestwich to enjoy their annual kosher meal out together. The event’s guest of honor was Mayor of Bury, Cllr Jane Black, who is the 8’th Jewish Mayor of Bury, together with her husband and official consort Mark Sankey.
On December 4th, 2018, Espoir 18, launched their online training on racism and Anti-Semitism in Paris. The event, supported by The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding during the #SeasonofTwinning2018, gathered a hundred young Parisians and representatives of French organizations. The training program is led by Espoir18 Director Jerome Disle and D’ailleurs et d’ici Director Marc Cheb Sun.
See more about the online training (French) here: http://www.mooc.espoir18.org/
Earlier this year, a delegation of Espoir18 met with various US organizations fighting racism and bigotry, including FFEU Executive Director Chris Sacarabany, FFEU friends, Wise Founder Daisy Khan and New York Muslim Jewish Solidarity Committee Executive Director Michelle Koch, in New York and Washington, DC.
On November 28, 2018, FFEU partners in Canada, JspaceCanada and the Canadian Association of Jews and Muslims organized a #SeasonofTwinning2018 at the Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. JspaceCanada and CAJM hosted representatives from Wahat al-Salam – Neve Shalom for a panel discussion about their educational work for peace and cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians.
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FFEU friends, Hafid Ouardiri, Director of Centre intercantonal d’information sur les croyances and Vice President of the Interreligious Platform of Geneva, Rabbi Francois Garai, Rabbi of GILGeneve (the liberal Synagogue of Geneva) and Mr. Ventz Sabev, Vice President of the Spiritual Appeal of Geneva, were hosted by the Grand Mosque of Geneva on November 19th, 2018 as part of FFEU’s Season of Twinning. They were welcomed by H.E. Sofiyan El-Fahd, Director General of the Mosque, Prof. Mohamed Lavrak, Communication Director and Assistant of the Secretary General of the World Muslim League, and Imam Sofiane Mhajri. The group discussed upcoming Muslim-Jewish projects in Switzerland. #SeasonofTwinning2018 #CommonFaith #CommonFate.
Congratulations to FFEU friends, Hafid Ouardiri, Director of Fondation pour l’entre-connaissance and Vice President of the Interreligious Platform of Geneva, Rabbi Francois Garai, Rabbi of Communauté Juive Libérale de Genève (the liberal Synagogue of Geneva) who are featured in La Tribune de Geneve. Dr. Ouardiri and Rabbi Garai took part in FFEU’s Season of Twinning program in November. Inspired by FFEU’s Twinning program Dr. Ouardiri and Rabbi Garai will continue to strengthen Muslim-Jewish cooperation and lead the effort in Switzerland.
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FFEU partner, Walter Ruby and JAMAAT (Jews, Muslims and Allies Acting Together) had JAMAAT General Assembly on November 18, 2018. The event was hosted by B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville, MD in partnership with the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society, Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, Rumi Forum and Foundation of Ethnic Understanding. The event was part of FFEU’s 2018 Global Season of Twinning. In the shadow of the horrific massacre in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Washington area Muslims, Jews and allies came together to declare solidarity with and support of each other and discuss strategies for helping each other in this time of increased hatred and bigotry in America.
Another successful #FFEUSOT Twinning event in New Zealand: FFEU thanks Paul Morris, Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington for gathering Muslim-Jewish Students on November 18, 2018 in Wellington. Many students in attendance reported that it was their first explicit meeting with a Muslim or a Jew. Students (of medicine; law; international relations; biochemistry; engineering; architecture; and business) gave excellent feedback about the workshop. They had an open discussions including Gaza, Zionism, the Shoah, and experiences, positive and negative, as religious minorities in New Zealand, a largely “secular” country. Both groups of students hope to meet again. #SeasonofTwinning2018
On November 6, 2018, FFEU partner in Brazil, Sheila Mann hosted a #FFEUSOT, #SeasonofTwinning2018 in Sao Paulo. The gathering marked the 5 year anniversary of the group of Muslim-Jewish women Sheila is leading, Women in the Pot (Peace on the table) @As Mulheres do POT. Representatives of the three Abrahamic – Raoul Meyer, Sheikh Houssam Al Boustani, and Emilio Gonzalez Ferrin- spoke about women’s contribution for peaceful coexistence in each religion. After the presentations, the group was invited to share a delicious meal based on the different culinary traditions and prepared by the members of the group. The host’s idea was to bring back the hospitality as in remote times below Abraham´s tent and indeed around the table, sharing food, the guests could feel love, kindness and friendship, flowing between all the group in a successful gathering. #CommonFaith, #CommonFate
Shiela Mann with Raoul Meyer, Sheikh Houssam Al Boustani, and Emilio Gonzalez Ferrin
As part of FFEU’s #SeasonOfTwinning2018, FFEU partner in Britain, Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester held an event on November 4th, 2018, “Is OFSTED trampling on faith? The rights of religious parents versus preparing children for life in modern Britain,” to discuss education in Muslim and Jewish schools. Panelists took questions from the public, including co-chair, HeatherFletcher, David Berkley QC, Ahmed Nadim, Joanne Feldman and Yasmin Aslam.