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 old challenges or problems that we didn’t think we would have to deal with again. It’s been a year of new and old, of hurt and healing, and the acknowledgement that our society is getting more complicated by the day.

During this time, our NewGround family have remained active, holding community events, speaking on public forums, and providing programming intended to incite rich discussion. Here’s what we’ve been up to lately:

AP Coverage: "Interfaith Efforts Strained by Israel-Palestine Violence"

Our Executive Director, Aziza Hasan, and Assistant Director, Andrea Hodos, spoke to the Associated Press this past week about the ongoing violence taking place in Israel-Palestine. “We do not know the immediate path through this,” Aziza says, “but we are certain that until we humanize one another, there won’t be a path at all.”

Read the newly published article on the AP website now.

Alumni invitation: Private discussion on current events in Israel-Palestine

NewGround exists to convene Muslims and Jews in good faith discussion with one another, especially in times of distress. We will be continuing this tradition this week by hosting a private gathering for our alumni in order to provide an opportunity to connect with one another about the events we’re presently observing in Israel-Palestine.

All alumni are welcome to join this gathering, which will be held the evening of Thursday, May 20, on Zoom. Please email Tasneem Noor [at] [email protected] for the call-in details.

Missed our 2021 Virtual Community Iftar?

Each year, NewGround convenes the largest gathering of Muslims and Jews in Los Angeles to break fast (i.e. Iftar) at a Jewish Temple. This act of coming together serves to celebrate the Islamic month of Ramadan and appreciate the community members among us who observe it. A night of community building, breaking bread, and spiritual rejuvenating, our annual Iftar has become a cornerstone of the Los Angeles interfaith community.
This year, we convened virtually, and have provided a recording of the program for all to enjoy on both YouTube and Facebook. Tune in for cook-alongs, NewGround stories, and a spectacular call-to-prayer trifecta.

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