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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April 23, 2019 Comments are off admin

State of the City 2019

This past week saw the City of Los Angeles bring underway the annual State of the City, during which Mayor Eric Garcetti outlines the strifes, successes, and recent experiences of our city as well as plans intended to improve the lives of Angelenos. This year, NewGround board member Nurya Shabir, from the Islamic Center of Southern California, and Rabbi Jocee Hudson, from the Temple Israel of Hollywood, were invited to give the invocation speech at the ceremony. You can watch their full address, in accompaniment with the entire event itself, below.
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April 2, 2019 Comments are off admin

Ralph Fertig z”l.

NewGround has been informed that the beloved Ralph Fertig z"l has passed away. Aziza shares: When I was in graduate school, I fell in love with the Civil Rights Movement in American History. As I read the accounts of what unfolded, I found myself in awe of the people I was reading about. These people made a conscious decision to take the higher road when provoked, to embrace love in the face of hate-filled actions, and to organize around a future where all are equal and all belong. Through my work with NewGround, I met Ralph and I heard his sto
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March 22, 2019 Comments are off admin

Christchurch, New Zealand

On March 15, 2019, a white supremacist killed 51 people across two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, and was apprehended on his way to a third. We have been left shaken, angry, saddened, and disillusioned. We have also been left needing one another even more than before. Our hearts, minds, and strifes are with those affected by these attacks. We are always with you and we always here for you. We would like to voice our love and support for the Muslim community everywhere and the people of New Zealand. Our program co-directors, Andrea Hodos & Tasneem Noor, have some words to share with you: Amid the intensifying conversation taking place on Representative Ilhan Omar... We felt it important to host an event for our alumni to come together and share how they were feeling about the controversies surrounding  Congresswoman Omar’s comments. In th
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Ilhan Omar, Dialogue, and Democracy

After a series of comments concerning her position on particular manifestations of support regarding Israel, freshly sworn in Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has become the unintentional public face of the rapidly intensifying debate around dialogue and public discourse, as well as the conversation about U.S.-Israel relations. While her comments brought to the surface a thread of national commentary on antisemitism, the very response to her comments also brings up questions of communicative efficacy, cross-ideological understanding, and the politics of the Israel question. Here at NewGround, we do not shy away from difficult conversations; indeed, it is a way for us to further understand one another, learn how to effectively address issues that we disagree on, and ultimately grow in the process.
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Wrapped: 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.
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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, 
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