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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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.
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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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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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. (more…)
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