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

November 16, 2023

IMAN’s Interfaith Festival Nov. 19th, 2023

Please Join Us at the IMAN Center on Sunday, November 19th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Dr. Namazikhah of the IMAN Center has brought together interfaith leaders […]
November 9, 2023

Guibord Center “Conversations From Your Spiritual Core” Event Nov. 13th, 2023

The Guibord Center – Religion Inside Out is holding a “Conversations From Your Spiritual Core” workshop to help individuals have more meaningful and intentional conversations about […]
November 9, 2023

PBS News with Andrea Hodos and Tasneem Noor

Our fellowship facilitators, Andrea & Tasneem, were interviewed for a story on PBS News Weekend about how Muslim and Jewish faith groups are coming together. Our […]
November 9, 2023

New York Times Profile: Friendship Tested by War

Kurt Streeter of The New York Times wrote an in-depth profile of Aziza Hasan & Andrea Hodos, their friendship, and how that friendship has been tested […]
November 1, 2023

UCLA Vigil for Peace

UCLA Professor of History David Myers organized a Vigil for Peace on Wednesday, Nov 1, to honor the lives of those lost in Israel and Palestine. […]
October 13, 2023

The Grief is Too Large to Hold Alone: Message on Israel and Gaza

The grief is too large to hold alone. Thousands of innocent people have lost their lives and millions are still at risk. We know that many […]
July 18, 2023

Apply for MAJIC; Deadline August 6

Apply HERE.  NewGround is proud to convene MAJIC (Muslims and Jews Inspiring Change): a high school leadership council. This leadership training program offers a select group of […]
July 18, 2023

Apply for the NewGround Fellowship; Deadline Sept 1

Apply HERE. The NewGround Professional Change-Maker Program provides the expertise and relationships needed to transform Muslim-Jewish relations and work on issues of shared concern. This experience is […]
June 2, 2023

Community of Practice Facilitator Training on June 4!

The 2023 NewGround Facilitation Skills Retreat is aimed at building participants’ capacity for communicating across differences. You will have a hands-on experience of having constructive communication […]
May 12, 2023

May 16: Addressing the Roots of Antisemitism within Marginalized Communitiies

Get your free ticket to this panel discussion at the Japanese American National Museum
May 10, 2023

Project Day at Islah LA on Sunday, May 21st!

RSVP Form HERE.  On Sunday, May, 21st from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm NewGround will be holding a project day, beautifying the Islah LA campus! Join us […]
April 15, 2023

Public Forum on Antisemitism – May 2nd 2023!

NewGround hosted a public forum on antisemitism with experts Stephen Smith (ED Emeritus of USC Shoah Foundation), Ken Stern (Director at Bard Center for the Study […]
April 14, 2023

’22-’23 MAJIC Graduation Iftar!

 The MAJIC cohort of 2022-2023 will complete their year of hard work and graduate this Sunday, April 16th. They have gained skills working through interfaith conflict, recognizing […]
March 7, 2023

“Repairing the World” Screening: May 1st at 6:30pm!

Join RCP and Not in Our Town for a screening of Repairing the World on March 14th at 7:00 pm.  RSVP HERE A documentary film on […]
March 7, 2023

Community Ifar 2023: March 29th, 6:45 pm!

Join us for NewGround’s community iftar! After three years of separation, NewGround will be holding our Interfaith Community Iftar on March 29, 2023 at 6:45 PM, hosted by Temple Israel […]
May 25, 2022

Save the Date! Trailblazer Awards: December 11, 11:30 AM

We're celebrating 15 years of NewGround and the intersection of Passover and Ramadan!​
April 20, 2022

Keep up with our Book Club!

Featuring authors Yousef Bashir and Rachael Cerotti
April 11, 2022

Missed part of our Iftar? Want to rewatch?

We're celebrating 15 years of NewGround and the intersection of Passover and Ramadan!​
March 30, 2022

Virtual Community Iftar: April 7, 7:30 PM PST

We're celebrating 15 years of NewGround and the intersection of Passover and Ramadan!​
July 23, 2021

Spotlight Storytelling is back!

A warm welcome back to our Spotlight Storytelling fall event. NewGround hosted an annual Spotlight Storytelling evening for more than a decade, bringing together community members, […]