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PBS NewsHour on Halim Dhanidina

On December 30, 2018, PBS NewsHour aired special correspondent David Tereshchuk’s feature on Los Angeles Justice and NewGround board member Halim Dhanidina. Composed in part by David’s interview with Halim, and in other part by footage from NewGround’s recent Spotlight Storytelling event, the feature addresses the mixed responses that come with being the highest-ranking Muslim judge in the current United States, as well as the importance of diversity, interfaith work, and social understanding between Los Angeles communities.

You can also watch the whole feature, with full transcripts provided, on the PBS NewsHour website. NewGround is proud to be supported by board members who consistently seek to better our city of Los Angeles.

Interfaith Acceptance Video

NewGround is proud to be led by executive director Aziza Hasan, who is engaged in more than one of Los Angeles’s many civic spheres.

Recently, the Los Angeles Unified School District’s Office of the Superintendent released a video on Interfaith Acceptance and the beauty of the diversity in Los Angeles’s public schools. Aziza contributed to the making of this short video.

You can watch the whole video below, or open in a new window here.

A Wrap on Spotlight!

It’s been many years, and counting, that the NewGround community has successfully crafted and contributed to a lovely and experientially rich Spotlight event. This year was no exception.

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Showing up for Pittsburgh

Anytime a tragedy affects our community we all feel it. This past weekend our hearts broke as we learned of the mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Our thoughts are with the families and communities impacted by this horrific act of violence. We remember Melvin Wax, Irving Younger, Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz, brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, Rose Mallinger, Bernice and Sylvan Simon, Daniel Stein, Joyce Fienberg, and Dr. Richard Gottfried. May their memories be a blessing.

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Unconcerned with voting? Let’s have a talk.

NewGround’s Executive Director, Aziza Hasan, is concerned about voter engagement. Check out her opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee on addressing the matter at hand and reflecting on NewGround’s inception as a lesson in stimulating voters.

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A Cohort Kickoff!

A new year, a new cohort!

This past month, NewGround has been busy observing and celebrating both the Muslim and Jewish New Years, as well as the significant holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Ashura, and Yom Kippur. Alongside the new year, however, we are also thrilled to welcome our 2018-19 program cohorts.

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Aziza Hasan: CA Influencer!

This year, the Sacramento Bee has named NewGround Executive Director Aziza Hasan a California Influencer, as part of a series that addresses issues directly affecting Californians. Click below to hear Aziza’s thoughts on investment in education, going to the polls, and more!

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Annual Report to the Community!

The NewGround team always strives to ensure that our mission continues to hold presence in everything we do. In keeping with this goal, we have recently published our 2018 Annual Report to our community, which includes details on everything from this fiscal year’s finances, to alumni/a engagement, to the record-breaking tickets sold at our Iftar this past May. Take a look, and let us know if you have any questions by emailing info@muslimjewishnewground.org!
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NewGround Programs!

It is on the heels of wrapping up a sublime year with two fantastic NewGround cohorts – one from our Fellowship and the other from our high school leadership council (MAJIC) – that we at NewGround invite you to apply to our upcoming 2018-19 program cohorts! If you are interested in developing conflict resolution skills, lasting relationships, and your ability to communicate across communities, this opportunity is for you!

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