Join us to hear important Muslim and Jewish stories of courage.
Rendezvous: Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Sponsored by HUC-JIR in partnership with reGeneration, NewGround, and Muslim Public Affairs Council.
Join us for a screening of the movie Rendezvous, followed by an interfaith panel on the power of narrative to build solidarity and solutions. Click here to RSVP.
Aziza Hasan, executive director of NewGround, will be part of the panel.
Movie description: When Rachel (Stana Katic), a Jewish-American doctor, and Jake (Raza Jaffrey), a Muslim-American U.S. State Department agent, join forces in a perilous quest to solve the mysterious death of Rachel’s brother, a biblical archeologist, they stumble upon a conspiracy that could literally lead to Armageddon. Caught in the middle of a plot to hasten the end of mankind, Rachel and Jake must solve the murder, save the world, and discover for themselves that true treasures are often hiding in plain sight. Click here to watch the official theatrical trailer for The Rendezvous! **Suggested donation of $10 goes to reGeneration’s efforts to improve early childhood education in crisis zones**
Did you know that according to the 2016 Homeless Count there are almost 1200 unaccompanied homeless youth in the LA Metro area who don’t have a roof over their heads on any given night?
Did you know that in the 2014-15 school year, the LA County Office of Education counted 63,000 homeless students – a 17 percent increase from the previous school year?
We, the Muslim and Jewish youth in NewGround‘s MAJIC program, invite you to attend and support MAJIC’s Y4Y Fair (Youth For Youth Fair) — a day of education, advocacy and service organized by youth for youth. Join us on April 23rd from 12:30 am to 3:00 pm at the Pico Union Project — to learn about issues facing homeless and shelter-insecure youth in the greater Los Angeles area. Whether you can join us or not, you can take part in this day by simply donating to create hygiene packs for homeless teens and provide gift cards so some of them can pick out their own clothing.
We hope you will lend a helping hand by supporting our fundraiser to provide some new clothing and much-needed survival supplies to homeless teens. Then join us on April 23rd to assemble and put personal touches on the packs. We’ll learn more about issues facing homeless youth and learn ways you can make a difference.
MAJIC is “Muslims and Jews Inspiring Change” — the high school leadership council of NewGround: a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. Every year we partner with Youth Service America on their Global Youth Service Day. This year, we decided to educate ourselves, and the people around us, about the urgent needs of homeless youth in Los Angeles. As Muslims and Jews, our traditions teach us that every young person has the right to dignity – and to be a part of a better future for all of us – no matter their background.
MAJIC will partner with Pico Union Project, a multi-cultural and faith center committed to the principle “love your neighbor as you want to be loved” and built on the site of one of LA’s most historic synagogues, adjacent to Downtown LA. The fair centers around opportunities to learn about and help with the crisis facing thousands of homeless kids in Los Angeles through hands-on activities and projects for kids and adults. Kosher and halal food will be available.
Your donations will go to:
- Hygiene packs with supplies like toothbrushes, toiletries, socks and more.
- Gift cards so homeless youth can pick out their own clothing.
- Financial support for organizations we have learned from who are directly addressing the challenges faced by homeless and shelter-insecure youth: Youth Policy Institute, Safe Place for Youth, School on Wheels and the Sanctuary of Hope.
- A small percentage of our funds will be spent on supplies for the fair itself.
Please support the work, spread the word and join us on April 23rd for MAJIC’s Y4Y Fair to learn more!!! Register here!
(Your donation is tax deductible through Community Partners – NewGround’s 501c3 fiscal sponsor. Thank you for your support of this important work!)
On June 14th, NewGround change-maker Jason Velazquez, a gay Muslim man from Florida, shared his reflections on the tragedy in Orlando and a moment of silence with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at the beautiful interfaith iftar hosted by the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission.
NewGround fellows design projects to connect with and improve their communities.
Our recently graduated professional fellows have developed some amazing projects over the past 8 months. Take a look:
Interfaith Shabbat Dinner in Support for Refugees: Muslims and Jews gathered together to share an evening of prayer, food, and thought provoking discussion. Fellows bridged communities and began a thought-provoking and inspiring discussion about one of the many crises facing our world and learned to act as protectors for one another in times of need.
Interfaith Podcast: Fellows record and produce an interfaith podcast that showcases conversations about common lifestyle struggles that exist in both the Muslim and Jewish communities. Emotional barriers are broken down as they share their stories.
Meet Pray Love: Fellows created opportunities for people of different faiths to experience one another’s traditions and prayer spaces through the simple act of visiting during a regularly scheduled service. Inspired by their own transformative experience of coming together as Muslims and Jews, the fellows foster familiarity and friendship, the seeds of which are already present but too often lack the conditions to nurture their growth.
MiND_Kit: This initiative provides necessary and innovative skills and resources to middle school children in South Central LA. Through community collaborations, computer hardware and programming tools are introduced to young children in hopes to empower the community. Fellows will develop a workshop curriculum at local universities and colleges to serve as an incentive for youth to attend the resource hubs as an alternative to potentially engaging in criminal activity.
Muslim and Jewish Kids for Change: The Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC) and Islamic Center of Southern California (ICSC) bring their Sunday Schools together to learn about each other while giving back to the community. For their first meeting, the groups met at the Islamic Center for an interfaith exchange. The kids connected with one another as they learned about the many similarities between their religions and assembled hygiene kits and bagged lunches for the homeless. Get a beautiful and inspiring sense of the day here.
On June 8th, 350 Muslims and Jews came together at the historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple to connect and build relationships across faith traditions, and to honor this year’s graduates of the Professional Fellowship program. NewGround’s community iftar and fellowship celebration is the single largest gathering of Muslims and Jews held during Ramadan in Los Angeles. Many thanks to our sponsors, donors, guests, event co-chairs, board, interns and volunteers who helped make the evening memorable for all!
NewGround was named one of America’s top 50 innovative Jewish organizations for the 3rd year in a row!
The annual Slingshot Guide, which highlights the best of the Jewish nonprofit world, was released today, March 7th, 2016, and NewGround was selected from among hundreds of finalists. The Guide noted that NewGround’s fellowship and High School initiative “produce emerging leaders who forge change.”
The organizations included in the Guide are driving the future of Jewish life and engagement by motivating new audiences to participate in their work and responding to the needs of individuals and communities – both within and beyond the Jewish community – as never before. NewGround is proud to be among the 50 organizations honored for achieving these results.
The Slingshot Guide also noted:
“In recent years, NewGround’s efforts have been so successful that the group has been recognized by Harvard University’s Pluralism Project, and the White House invited NewGround to present on a panel about effective bridge building between communities of different faiths. This kind of recognition comes when an organization is doing something right, and NewGround has perfected its approach to bridge building.”
NewGround is thrilled to be a part of the amazing community of hundreds of innovative Jewish organizations included in the Guide over the past eleven years who continue to create positive change in the community
Download a free copy of the Slingshot Guide at www.slingshotfund.org.
NewGround leaders inspire dialogue around Los Angeles.
NewGround Executive Director Aziza Hasan spoke on the future of Islam in Southern California along with retired Councilman Robert Farrell and some amazing high school students at Masjid Bilal. Saaliha Khan, NewGround Communications and Project Manager, addressed the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Faith-based Advocacy Council meeting on NewGround’s accomplishments and vision for the year ahead.
If you have an inspiring idea, now is the time to transform it into a reality…
NewGround Change-maker Grant awardees in the inaugural year experienced unprecedented exposure and in some cases viral success — spreading our message of hope and change through shared experiential learning and civic engagement. These initiatives inspired thousands and received widespread media coverage around the country on Upworthy and HuffPost and across the world from Pakistan to Israel.
Learn more about how you can apply here. The application deadline is 11:59 PM, Friday, February 26, 2016.
Only NewGround alumni and current program participants are eligible to apply.