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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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MAJIC Film Launch!

Each year, NewGround welcomes a select cohort of high-school aged leaders, 12 Muslims and 12 Jews, to participate in our MAJIC program as Muslims and Jews Inspiring Change. This year, we created three films to document their experience. (more…)

1 Month, 2 Communal Iftars

Eid Mubarak! During this past month of Ramadan, NewGround was proud to host two separate Iftars, one of which celebrated our fantastic 2017-18 fellowship cohort, and the other of which celebrated you and your willingness to engage in interfaith communication. Details on both Iftars below.
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Humanitarian Day 2018

Each year, the ILM Foundation and NewGround alum Umar Hakim bring together the Los Angeles service community to provide resources and services for the underprivileged of Los Angeles County. NewGround’s partnership with Humanitarian Day this year represents the importance of relationship-building in community support. Find more information about Humanitarian Day below.
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