Hurry, and register for Muslim and Interfaith Panels Join ING and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian for a Series of Panels on Muslims and Their Faith Organized by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and ING are the following South Bay panels on Muslims and Islam. Cost is free and open to the public. Tuesday, April 16th 7:00-8:30pm What does it mean to be Muslim? The basics. Join ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali and other panelists for a discussion of Islam as a religion and an identity in modern America and abroad. Tuesday, April 23rd 7:00-8:30pm Fear of a Faith: Sharia. Surveillance. Terrorism. The Muslim Ban. What’s real, and what’s not? Join ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and other panelists for a discussion of the policies, politics, and current events that affect U.S. understandings of Islam and Muslims. Thursday, April 25th 7:00-8:30pm Women and Islam Join ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and other panelists for a discussion of what it means to be a Muslim woman and how Islam intersects with gender in today’s world. Join ING, City of Mountain View, and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian for Interfaith Panels on a Series of Topics Organized by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and ING are the following South Bay interfaith panels. Cost is free and open to the public. Please RSVP below. Monday, April 29th 6:30-8:30pm Religion and Pluralism Join an interfaith panel consisting of Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian representatives to address how religious communities view the beliefs and practices of other traditions. RSVP here. Thursday, September 12th 6:30-8:30pm Separation of Church and State Join an interfaith panel consisting of Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian representatives to address the different ways that their religious community has interacted with the state. RSVP here. Host Your Own Halaqa-Seder with ING’s Halaqa-Seder Kit ING’s Halaqa-Seder program brings American Muslims and American Jews together to experience the retelling of Moses and the Exodus story from one another’s perspectives and discuss the profound commonalities that they share in their traditions, sources of knowledge, and sacred texts over a meal. Halaqa is a Muslim term denoting a gathering (often involving food) to study a religious text. The Jewish Seder is a ceremonial meal celebrated at Passover, the holiday commemorating the Exodus, which includes as one of its primary components the recitation and study of the Exodus narrative. Both celebrations have in common the conjunction of a convivial meal and convivial study, expressing the spirit of the event. Our Halaqa-Seder kit, which includes an agenda, text comparisons of Jewish and Muslim scriptures, play scripts, and discussion questions, is a comprehensive guide for hosting an event in your area. To request to receive the kit, click here. Soufra Film Screening at Congregation Beth Am Consider attending this film screening of “Soufra” on April 3rd at 7:00pm at Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. Soufra follows the inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur Mariam Shaar – a generational refugee who has spent her entire life in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp just south of Beirut, Lebanon. The film follows Mariam as she launches a successful catering company, “Soufra,” which turns into a food truck business with other refugee women in the Burj El Barajneh refugee camp. The screening will be followed by a reception with desserts and conversation. For registration and more information, click here. Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization with affiliates and partners around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism.