‘COEXISTER’ Conference with FFEU European Director Samia Hathroubi

Our European director, Samia Hathroubi, held a public conference on December 8th co-hosted by the Parisian chapter of ‘Coexister’ the youth lead movement for the season of Twinning in Paris.

In front of a full packed venue, she presented a personal and professional view of Muslim-Jewish dialogue and cooperation in France and around the world.
She presented at length the projects and efforts of organizations struggling for better understanding, cooperation and inclusive societies.




FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program Director Walter Ruby took part in two Season of Twinning events in the Chicago area on December 3. The first event was the fifth annual ‘Preparing Food for Hungry and Homeless People Temple Beth Shalom in Naperville, IL, a suburb west of Chicago, featuring volunteers from Temple Beth Shalom,the  Islamic Center of Naperville and Muslims Against Hunger, a national ‘feeding the hungry’ campaign headed by FFEU’s longtime friend and partner Zamir Hassan.
Later, Zamir Hassan and Walter Ruby travelled to The Mosque Cares in East Hazel Crest, just south of Chicago to take part in a public discussion on Muslim-Jewish relations with Imam Wallace Muhammad, the head of The Mosque Cares movement, with which scores of African-American mosques across the the U.S. are affiliated. Also taking part in the discussion at the Mosque Cares  was Brian Zakem a board member of Temple B’nai Yehuda Beth Shalom in Homewood, IL and the Southwest Interfaith Team (SWIFT), a network of mosques, synagogues and churches in Chicago’s southwest suburbs.

Memebers of Temple Beth Shalom, Islamic Center of Naperville and Muslims Against Hunger gather for 5th Annual Preparing Food for the Hungry Twinning event in Napperville, IL near Chicago. (l-r) Rabbi Mark Rudolph, Temple Beth Shalom, Walter Ruby, FFEU Muslim-Jewish Program Director, Julie Glenn, member Temple Beth Shalom, Zamir Hassan, founder and director of Muslims Against Hunger


Members of the audience listen to presentation by Walter Ruby, Zamir Hassan, Imam Wallace Muhammad and Brian Zakem

3rd Annual Muslim-Jewish Women’s Leadership Conference Organized by the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom and co-sponsored by FFEU

Last Sunday, Rabbi Marc Schneier was a keynote speaker at the 3rd annual Muslim-Jewish Women’s Leadership conference organized by the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom and co-sponsored by FFEU in New Jersey.

The SoSS 3rd annual conference has been a part of the FFEU Season of Twinning since 2014. The event was attended by nearly 500 Muslim and Jewish women and was, without a doubt, an amazing success.

“History has shown us that it is women who have been influential in changing the course of war. We have the power as a large group of women, to change the cycle of hate.” – Sheryl Olitzky

Read more on The New York Times:

Congratulations to Sheryl Olitzky and Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom team!!



SOT Event at Victoria University of Wellington


On Sunday November 27, 2016, Professor Paul Morris of Victoria University of Wellington and Sultan Eusoff of FIANZ (Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand) hosted their initial FFEU Twinning Student Dialogue bringing together for the first time Jewish and Muslim students at Victoria University of Wellington. After exploring stereotypes and experiences of discrimination and prejudice the discussion explored overlapping Muslim and Jewish concerns as young people of faith living in New Zealand. The group have agreed in principle to meet again in the new year.



Season of Twinning Event in Brazil this Past Weekend!


Between 50 and 60 people, mostly youth, met at CIP (Congregação Israelita Paulista) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Dec, 4th. The activities started with a screening of a short movie about Ahmed and Oren, two youngsters from Jerusalem, who use art to promote dialogue in a project called “Jerusalem Art” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MinBVaAzLOo). In the sequence, David Broza’s documentary, East Jerusalem/West Jerusalem, showing the interaction between Israelis and Palestinians through music, was followed by a chat with Ahmed and Rafael, a Brazilian living in Jerusalem, who joined Ahmed’s project.

A performance by Mazeej, a music ensemble composed by Jews and Arabs, and a fantastic falafel made by two Syrian brothers closed the event.

Please see video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MinBVaAzLOo&feature=youtu.be

More photos: https://www.facebook.com/rafaela.barkay/media_set?set=a.10155028149711564.1073741849.550476563&type=3




Muslim-Jewish program Director Walter Ruby spoke on the theme of “Standing Up For Each Other In Challenging Times” at an #IAmAmerica event at the Bharatiya Hindu Temple in Troy, MI on Sunday November 20 co-sponsored by the Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network and the Greater Detroit Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Council. The event was also part of FFEU’s Season of Twinning and was attended by an audience of about 100.

Ruby spoke of the importance of #IAmAmerica rallies in cities around the country that day in affirming, in the face of escalating hate crimes across the country in recent days, directed against Muslims, Jews, immigrants and others, that people of diverse faith and ethnic communities are full partners in ensuring the success of America.
Ruby and other speakers in a panel discussion affirmed the importance of faith leaders coming together to pledge to stand up for each other if members of any faith or ethnic community are demonized, discriminated against or victimized by hate crimes or incitement. The event ended in a vibrant Interfaith Service and Concert.

Walter Ruby (3rd from left) speaks on the theme of ‘Standing Up for Each Other in Challenging Times’ at #IAmAmerican event in Flint, MI. Other members of an interfaith panel convened by the Detroit Interfaith Outreach Network, discuss strategies for faith leaders of diverse faiths to come together in support of each other. (l-r) Raman Singh, Sikh community, Rev. David Kasbow, Unification Church, Walter Ruby, FFEU, Antariksa des, Hare Kirshna community,  Michael Kelly, Quaker community, Sumaiya Ahmed, Michigan Muslim Community Council