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INGYouth Workshops and Educator Seminars In
New NPR Series on American Muslims

A new National Public Radio series by correspondent Leila Fadel introduces audiences to young Muslims expressing themselves in innovative ways. In a story this week, Fadel reported on a Muslim family in Gilroy, California who worked with ING after their daughter was harassed by classmates for her faith. ING ended up conducting several anti-bullying school assemblies as well as educator training for the teachers and staff. You can read the full article here. To request an ING anti-bullying seminar for your school, visit our site here. To request an educator training, visit our site here.

Upcoming ING Events

What Does it Mean to Be Muslim? [VIDEO]

Last Monday, April 16th, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi participated in the first event of Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian’s “Understanding Islam” series to discuss Islam as a religion and an identity in modern America and abroad. Click here or on the video above for a recording. The second conversation in the series is Monday, April 23rd and will explore what it means to be a Muslim woman. Register soon!

How Religion Intersects With Gender:
April 23rd in Mountain View

For the second event of a three-part series on “Understanding Islam,” ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will join Anita Husen, Associate Dean and Director of the Markaz Resource Center at Stanford University, for a discussion on what it means to be a Muslim woman, and how Islam intersects with gender in today’s world. The discussion will be moderated by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian.

Islamophobia and Its Impact:
April 24th in Menlo Park

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will talk about xenophobia as it has been experienced by many different groups throughout American and European history, and will discuss the current state of Islamophobia and the efforts to combat it.

Planting Seeds in New Lands:
April 25th in Berkeley

ING is co-sponsoring an upcoming Muslim-Jewish gathering inspired by the Know Your Neighbor program. The evening features a keynote address by Mohammad Modarres, founder of Abe’s Meats, the first-ever “Interfaith Meat” (both Halal and Kosher). Join us as we share our rich personal histories of movement from one land to another, learn together, and enjoy a delicious Kosher and Halal meal.

Islamic Speakers Bureau Training:
April 28th in Plano, Texas

All it takes to dispel negative stereotypes of Muslims is a ten-minute face-to-face conversation. An upcoming Islamic Speakers Bureau training at the Islamic Association of Collin County (Plano Masjid) in Plano, Texas on Saturday, April 28th, will provide ordinary Muslims with the tools to answer difficult questions about Islam and to present in schools, churches and other venues about American Muslims. Register today!

Ladies Afternoon Tea:
May 6th in Los Gatos

While people in our community come from a variety of backgrounds, ideologies, and religions, one thing many of us hold in common is a shared appreciation of food, coffee, and tea. Join ING for this Know Your Neighbor-inspired gathering at Congregation Shir Hadash for the opportunity to get to better know others in our community over high tea, snacks, and good conversation. RSVP required.

Past Event Highlights

University of California Interfaith Panel Explores
Life, Death, and Everything In Between

The Interfaith Action Initiative of the University of California at Berkeley held its first-ever interfaith panel this week, bringing together representatives from all the major world religions, including ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali, who represented Islam on the panel. She answered questions about her faith journey, the importance and purpose of interfaith dialogue, and how one’s faith interacts with politics. To request an ING interfaith panel, visit our site here.

How Does the Language of Our
Prayers Inform How We Pray?

Prayers from different faith traditions can sound very similar to each other when spoken in a common tongue like English. Things change markedly when such prayers are rendered in their original languages, like Arabic for Muslims, Sanskrit for Hindus, or Latin for some Christians. ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali recently explored the languages of prayer for a class on Catholic Thought at the University of San Francisco. She described the various types of Islamic prayer and their relationship to the Arabic language. To request an ING interfaith panel, visit our site here.

Job Opening at ING

Development Associate Position Available

Come join the team! We’re searching for a Development Associate to support management in planning and implementation of fundraising- and development-related activities for ING. Learn more about the position and its qualifications at our employment page.