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.
NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee organized its 4th Annual Iftar on June 07, 2018 with the support of the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding at Temple Emanu-el Synagogue. It was the biggest and most successful celebration that saw the coming together of Muslims, Jews and allies to embrace the common humanity, stand with those impacted by all forms of violence and oppression, and reflect on everyone’s role in creating more peace in the world.
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FFEU friend and partner, Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester had their annual Iftar on May 27th, 2018 at UKIM Khizra Masjid in Manchester.
The Forum co-chair, Mohammed Amin MBE, The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr June Hitchen, Rabbi Dr Bobby Silverman of Manchester Reform Synagogue, Sajjad Amin of UKIM Khizra Masjid and The Very Reverend Rogers Govender, Dean of Manchester, were among the keynote speakers. The other Forum Co-Chair, Heather Fletcher was Master of Ceremonies.
In this difficult week following the first Anniversary of the Manchester Arena terrorist attack, all of the speakers shared their perspectives about the need for unity. Each welcomed the rich tapestry and diversity of people who had made Manchester their home over the last couple of centuries.
Within her vote of thanks, June Rosen Executive Member of the forum shared a personal observation: “There is a well-known saying that ‘what Manchester does today the world does tomorrow.’ If this evening is what Manchester does today and what the world will do tomorrow, this could be the greatest gift that this great and proud city has ever given.”
FFEU supported and co-sponsored the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society (JIDS) Spring Picnic alongside the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, and Jews and Muslims Acting Together (JAM-AT) on May 06th, 2018. Muslims and Jews from around Greater Washington came together in Rock Creek Park, Washington, D.C., for a delicious vegetarian meal, games, good conversation and discussion of plans for upcoming Ramadan iftars and events throughout the year focused on strengthening ties of understanding and standing up for each other if either community is victimized by hate crimes or incitement.
On April 26th, 2018, The Foundation For Ethnic Understanding-FFEU European coordinator Samia Hathroubi was invited by Rebecca Lillian from Open Skåne and the city of Malmo alongside American and European leaders working in the field of Muslim-Jewish cooperation to share her expertise on Muslim-Jewish dialogue and FFEU-sponsored initiatives like the youth program, Sadaqa Tsedaka, implemented last year in Paris.
It was a great opportunity to highlight the importance of working together on common issues like in 2014, with the Danish ban on ritual slaughter.
She also met with the Rabbi of Malmo, Rabbi Moshe David HaCohen who shared his amazing work with Imam Salahuddin Barakat to combat anti-semitism which is a huge threat to the Jewish community.
NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee hosted its 3rd Annual Passover in a Mosque on March 20, 2018. The Passover celebration of freedom and justice provides us a special opportunity to come together and demonstrate our unity, despite the current divisive political climate. Our unique interfaith Passover Seder combines the traditional Haggadah story reading with group discussions and time to reflect on our own stories and challenges. We will be welcomed by Imam Ahmed Dewidar, led by Rabbi Lauren Grabelle Herrmann in the Haggadah reading and ritual, and then enjoy a delicious halal/kosher meal.
This event would not be possible without the generous support of our partners: The Anti-Defamation League, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Islamic Society of Mid Manhattan, and Society for the Advancement of Judaism.
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FFEU UK Coordinator, Qaisra Shahraz, toured Pakistan on February 2018 to promote FFEU’s #SpreadtheHummusNotHate campaign. She met with humanitarians and dignitaries, gave a speech at the Karachi Literature Festival and held numerous dialogues in universities to discuss about women’s rights, interfaith work, peace and tolerance.