Upcoming: Trailblazer 2019

It is that point in the year once again, at which NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change selects three exceptional Change-making parties across the Muslim and Jewish communities to honor at the annual Suzy & Wally Marks, Jr. z”l Trailblazer Awards Ceremony.

This year’s Trailblazer Honorees and the reasons for which they were chosen can be characterized by the tireless and intrinsically motivated efforts that they have put toward their work in interfaith circles. This year, it is our pleasure to present the Trailblazer Award to Dr. Reuven Firestone, Regenstein Professor of Medieval Judaism at Hebrew Union College, Shiza Shahid, co-founder of The Malala Fund, and the Change-maker alumni project “Two Faiths, One Prayer.”

This year’s Trailblazer Honorees and the reasons for which they were chosen can be characterized by the tireless and intrinsically motivated efforts that they have put toward their work in interfaith circles. This year, it is our pleasure to present the Trailblazer Award to Dr. Reuven Firestone, Regenstein Professor of Medieval Judaism at Hebrew Union College, Shiza Shahid, co-founder of The Malala Fund, and the Change-maker alumni project “Two Faiths, One Prayer.”

We are also excited to announce that Palestinian-Mormon comedian Aron Kader will be joining us on stage for the Luncheon. Aron is an organizer of the Axis of Evil comedy tour and has been part of the fabric of Los Angeles comedy for years. This year, though, we look forward to sharing not only a city but a stage with him.

More details on tickets, sponsorships, and the luncheon itself can be found on the event page. Join us in celebrating these three hardworking parties and renewing our communal dedication to Change.

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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