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ING Statement on Anti-Semitic Fliers at UC Campuses

In response to Anti-Semitic fliers distributed on UC Davis and UC Berkeley campuses, ING released a community statement condemning these horrible events.
“We at ING stand in solidarity with the Jewish community against these attacks and pledge that they will serve to further energize our efforts to counter bigotry with education and interfaith and intercultural engagement. We urge all who are concerned with the future of our state and our nation to do the same.”


Know Your Neighbor: Creating Inclusive Classrooms Campaign
Reaches 600,000 people

The Know Your Neighbor Creating Inclusive Classrooms Campaign reached over 600,000 people and garnered over 1,000,000 impressions across the country. Over the course of the week, students, educators and parents were encouraged to share their practices, resources, and concerns when creating inclusive and safe classrooms. While the campaign may be over, you can still view a wealth of important resources here.


Teaching About Religion in Public/Private Schools Webinar Series –
First Webinar on October 24

Join ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan, ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali and a special guest speaker Dr. Susan Douglass from Georgetown University for a two-part webinar series for educators on teaching about religions:
  • Guidelines For Teaching About Religion (Wednesday, October 24th) with Dr. Susan Douglass and Ishaq Pathan
  • Resources For Teaching About Religions (Wednesday, November 7th) with Dr. Susan Douglass, Ameena Jandali and Ishaq Pathan


Upcoming Featured ING Events

Public Hearing on Bullying Awareness:
October 12th in San Jose

Please join ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and Assemblymember Kansen Chu for an upcoming public hearing on bullying awareness. Maha will discuss ING’s work in schools countering religious and ethnic based bullying through education. The hearing will be held on Friday, October 12th from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Santa Clara County Board Chambers in San Jose. Live-streaming of the event will take place at this link.

Workplace Religious Diversity Symposium:
October 29th in Palisades, New York

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will participate on an interfaith panel about religion and workplace trends and accomodations for the Tanenbaum Center’s 2018 Religious Diversity Symposium. Tanenbaum is a valued Know Your Neighbor: Multifaith Encounters partner organization.

American Muslim Beliefs and Practices:
October 29th in San Jose

ING Civic and Community Engagement Manager Raania Mohsen will discuss American Muslims and their faith, including demographics and basic beliefs and practices. To book an ING speaker on topics relating to Islam and Muslims, visit this site.

Religious Pluralism in the United States:
October 30th in Seaside

How do different religions view the beliefs and practices of other traditions? Is adherence to one religious tradition compatible with respect for the many other religious traditions and convictions in our world? The Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) will address these questions and more for an upcoming panel at California State University in Seaside as part of their Inclusive Excellence program. To book an interfaith panel, visit this site.

2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions:
November 1st-7th in Toronto, Ontario

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the oldest, largest, most diverse interfaith gathering in the world. For the 2018 Parliament in Toronto, Ontario, Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will deliver two sessions on ING’s programs. On Sunday, November 4th, he will discuss the Islamic Speakers Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau and walk attendees through best practices for starting similar initiatives. On Tuesday, November 6th, Ishaq will lead a session exploring how the INGYouth program enables Muslim youth to actively counter hate in their communities.

Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes:
November 13th in San Francisco

ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will deliver “Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes,” one of ING’s core presentations, to students at the Notre Dame De Nemur University. Her talk will explore the history and contemporary lives of Muslim women around the world, including common misconceptions. To book an ING speaker on topics relating to Islam and Muslims, visit this site.

Past ING Events

“Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me”

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi delivered a special homily at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in San Francisco and spoke to the adult education group about religious pluralism from a Muslim perspective as well as ways one individual can make a difference in spreading peace. Maha noted, “‘Talk to people’ isn’t a particularly exciting commandment. But it is something that we must do whenever we can.” You can read her full homily at our site.

INGYouth Speakers Speak About Allyship

INGYouth Speakers Maahum and Yusra spoke about American Muslims and their faith to their Muslim Student Association Ally Club at their high school. They clarified a few misconceptions and stressed education and learning about Muslims as an important tool to becoming an effective ally. To learn more about the INGYouth program, visit our site.

Library Presentation Breaks Down Stereotypes of Muslim Women

ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali presented about Muslim women at the Golden Gate Valley Branch library in San Francisco on Saturday as part of a program called SWANA at the Library, honoring the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of people of Southwest Asian and North African heritage. She reviewed common stereotypes and their sources before discussing Islamic teachings on women and both the progress of and the challenges facing Muslim women today.

Jewish Community Welcomes Muslim Community
to Celebrate Major Holiday

ING Content Manager spoke at a Festival of Sukkot with the theme, “Welcome Muslim and Immigrant Friends and Neighbors” at Chochmat Halev in Berkeley on Sunday, where she joined Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb in recounting stories of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar from Muslim and Jewish traditions.

Threads of Commonalities Between Faiths

“SiVIC’s Interreligious Leadership Forum at the Center for Spiritual Living in San Jose was an amazing experience,” remarked Raania Mohsen, ING Community and Civic Engagement Manager. In discussing “Sabbath in the 21st Century,” a day of rest or worship, Raania shared the Islamic tradition of Sabbath, or the holy day of Friday, and learned about similar traditions of other faiths. Members of ING’s Interfaith Speakers Bureau, Dilip Amin representing Hinduism and Reverend George McDonnell representing Christianity, also participated.