That’s a Wrap: Trailblazer 2020!

Every couple of years, our team here at NewGround convenes Angelenos to celebrate the Trailblazers doing important work in our communities. This year, we hosted our first ever virtual Trailblazer Awards Ceremony, honoring journalist Ezra Klein, comedian Hasan Minhaj, and four of our wonderful Change-makers who took it upon themselves to convene a conversation about parenting and race this past summer. If you missed any part of the inspiring reflections of our Change-makers or of the conversation between our awardees Ezra Klein & Hasan Minhaj, we encourage you to watch the event on our Facebook page, where it is readily available to stream! You can also access the event on YouTube – we've linked the recording below! As we look toward the end of 2020
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July 20, 2020 Comments are off admin

Our alumni tackle race and state violence

At NewGround, we make space for hard conversations on a backdrop of empathy and relationship. NewGround was founded because people were unequipped to engage in difficult conversations, and were walking away from their relationships. This is why, rather than making statements, we convene so that our people can broach these topics bravely. We’ve already been engaging in these conversations within our fellowship cohorts, and we are committed to getting better at it. Over the past decade, we’ve learned from convening Muslims and Jews that it can be especially difficult to have conversations among our own people. As such, this is an important time to address the racisms that exist in our communities, and to nurture our capacity to have these complicated conversations within our communities and with our families. Our Change-makers have been doing this very work, and we are dedicating this newsletter t
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June 3, 2020 Comments are off admin

Our first ever virtual Iftar has wrapped!

On April 30, 2020, NewGround hosted its first ever virtual Iftar. Many of you know that the annual NewGround Community Iftar is a tradition very near and dear to our hearts and to the Los Angeles interfaith community. Each year, NewGround convenes hundreds of Angelenos across faith, class, and race for a night of breaking bread, facilitated table-side dialogue, and commemorating the month of Ramadan. This year, we were unable to convene in person, but something didn't feel right about not gathering at all this year. We made the decision to host our Iftar, for the very first time, virtually. Streamed on Facebook Live, thousands of you showed up and made the evening a meaningful, communal, and spiritually fulfilling experience. Among t
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April 14, 2020 Comments are off admin

COVID-19: Changes in the Community

NewGround exists to convene and build community. So what do we do when community safety requires that we physically distance ourselves from each other? Right now, the need for connection and community is more urgent than ever. We are mindful of the risks that we face at this moment. We also know that, under these circumstances, it is easy to feel distanced from one another. However, this time of physical separation doesn’t need to be a time of social isolation. What we hope will follow the COVID-19 outbreak is the opportunity to reflect, rekindle, and strengthen bonds in intentional and creative ways. In that spirit, we will gather online for our Community Iftar on the evening of April 30, 2020 for a virtual experi
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March 12, 2020 Comments are off admin

L.A.’s ‘Transcedients’ at the Japanese American National Museum

This year, Taiji Terasaki has brought his unique artistic style to Los Angeles! His exhibit, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, is a chance to learn about, reflect on, and celebrate heroes in Los Angeles, across the nation, and within our own lives. This exhibit is currently on display at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) and includes NewGround's own Aziza Hasan, as well as advisory board member Rabbi Susan Goldberg. Last weekend, JANM spearheaded a community celebration for these low-key Los Angeles heroes, as well as the values and work that they stand for. It was a day of music, workshops, and community-building. During the program, Aziza spoke on a panel discussion regarding human rights in Los Angeles. Read more about the celebratory event in The Rafu
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Announcing ‘Mission in Action’

As many of you know, Spotlight Storytelling was once a staple of the NewGround community. It was an annual event held specifically to provide a space in which community members could listen to one another's stories and express their own through performance and different forms of performance art. Spotlight is no longer held annually, with its final formal installment held in 2018, but we couldn't imagine a year without sharing NewGround stories. That's why, starting today, we're releasing all of the stories from our Spotlight tradition in the form of a weekly podcast titled 'Mission in Action.' In addition to stories shared throughout the Spotlight years, we'll also be releasing stories and archival footage from NewGround projects that have never before been publicized.
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Annual Report 2019

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 2019 Annual Report to the Community, which includes details on everything from this fiscal year's finances, to alumni/a engagement, to the success of our Iftar this past May. Take a look at the annual report below, and let us know if you have any questions by emailing info@muslimjewishnewground.org! We love hearing from you.
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Welcome, L.A. Heart

The first ever L.A. Heart block party was held this Sunday, 3 November, on Vermont Avenue between 4th & 5th. The Koreatown-based party was a joint effort by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Interfaith Council, NewGround alum Hedab Tarifi, and an abundance of community-based organizations from around our city to bring together Angelenos of all faiths, backgrounds, and ideologies to mingle, get involved in the community organizing scene, and enjoy food and entertainment side by side. From left to right: Alma Lujan, Khalil Rasheed, Hedab Tarifi, and Capri Maddox
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Dr. Guibord, A Giant in Our Community

Rev. Dr. Gwynne Guibord was one of NewGround's first friends, because she was one of those who possessed knowledge about the absolute need for community building. She knew it was a prerequisite to a pluralistic society, and she had faith that Los Angeles would become just that. Dr. Guibord was correct in her projections. Los Angeles is increasingly showing its communal, interfaith colors, and she was a key player in the the process. She attended press conferences, supported interfaith events, and protested injustices alongside her fellow Angelenos. She founded The Guibord Center as a means to organize around her pluralistic ideals, and made her mark on our City through dedication to them.
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June 21, 2019 Comments are off admin

Cooking up Connections, and more news.

Our 2018-19 cohorts have now officially wrapped, Ramadan has concluded with Eid al-Fitr, our Community Iftar was a success, and we continue to witness accelerating social change around the world. Included in this change is that which is taking place in our own communities through the creation and maintenance of relationship-based dialogue. Our 2018-19 programming may have come to a close these past few weeks, but the work of our fellows and MAJICians continues to push them to strengthen bonds, address social issues, and contribute to the birth of a healthier and more empathet
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