Impact

A Message From the Executive Director

Dear Change-makers and community members,

As a stakeholder in the NewGround community, we wanted to share with you some of the amazing successes NewGround has accomplished over the past few years to champion change. The upcoming U.S. presidential election has generated a drastic rise in social division. As NewGround  launches our fall programming and prepares for this December’s first ever virtualized Trailblazer Talks, we are also working diligently to confront the tide of phobia and promote pluralism.

On September 24, 2015, I was appointed to the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. I joined community leaders from across the nation in making recommendations for improved relationships between faith-based organizations and the government. It is an exciting new endeavor for myself and for NewGround.

Over 18 million people have viewed the new Buzzfeed video, “I’m Muslim, But I’m Not…,” featuring Change-makers such as Saaliha Khan and Tom Earl, our own former NewGround staff members, and Marwa Abdelghani, our former Muslims and Jews Inspiring Change (MAJIC) advisory board member. The video is a vehicle for change — celebrating the many faces of Muslim Americans across Los Angeles.

Harvard University’s Pluralism Project Director Diana Eck praised NewGround in the 17th issue of the Journal on Inter-Religious Studies.  A piece on the transformative power of relationships written by NewGround is also published in the issue, while the Jewish Journal and Alt Muslimah ran our thought piece on resolving differences, co-authored by Andrea Hodos, an alumna of our Professional Fellowship program, and myself.

Our Change-maker initiatives, such as the Sardari & Morady StoryTwo Faiths One Prayer, and 72 Virgin Mocktails, among many others, have reached over 150,000 people locally and globally amplifying our message of pluralism.

We invite you to explore more about our change-makers in action right here on our website, www.mjnewground.org, and continue the conversation on social media @MJNewGround to see how we #BreakNewGround together.

With gratitude,

Aziza Hasan

Executive Director

June 10, 2021

Upcoming: Summer 2021 events

Talking about Racism in Muslim & Jewish Communities Join us on June 16, 7:00 PM PST for a public dialogue about racism in Muslim and Jewish […]
May 18, 2021

What have we been up to?

We’ve all had a rough year, and some of us have had to face challenges that we’ve never faced before. Some of us were faced with […]
February 18, 2021

2021: Courage Accelerator

December 28, 2020

That’s a Wrap: Trailblazer 2020!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9y2PL5e3yU
July 20, 2020

Our alumni tackle race and state violence

Our alumni have been active in continuing important conversations around race in the United States, through online thought leadership as well as through facilitation. NewGround alum […]
June 3, 2020

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 […]
April 14, 2020

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 […]
March 12, 2020

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

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December 27, 2019

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 […]
November 11, 2019

Annual Report 2019

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November 5, 2019

Welcome, L.A. Heart

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August 20, 2019

Dr. Guibord, A Giant in Our Community

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June 21, 2019

Cooking up Connections, and more news.

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April 23, 2019

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, […]
April 2, 2019

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 […]
March 22, 2019

Christchurch, New Zealand

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March 15, 2019

Ilhan Omar, Dialogue, and Democracy

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February 1, 2019

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 […]
January 10, 2019

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 […]
January 2, 2019

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 […]