ING Welcomes New Albany and Hartford Affiliates

Table of Contents:

  • Teacher Testimonial
  • Paid Internships Available
  • ING Welcomes Two Affiliates
  • Featured ING Events

Testimonial from a high school teacher, April 2016

Thank you for the two ING speakers you sent to our school. Our students’ response was incredible! You came in, answered many questions, and helped my students understand Islam with new insight and light. I cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your day to visit our high school and share your wisdom with our students. Your visit is the highlight of this unit and it is the key to understanding Islam from a human perspective. I am so grateful for ING and the service you provide our community.

Ordering Information: Educators, to order ING presentations, interfaith panels or training seminars, e-mail Henry Millstein at [email protected] with “ING Programs” in the subject line. Free online lessons plans for educators are available at this site.


Still Accepting Internship Applications for Summer

Interns are paid. Two of five internship slots still available. ING offers a wide range of full- and part-time internships and volunteer opportunities to work with academic and professional staff in the fields of interreligious education, programs, communications, fundraising and operations. You must be an undergraduate or graduate college student in order to apply. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by Friday, May 6. Decisions will be made by Friday, May 13. Internships begin as early as May 23 and end as late as September 16.


ING Welcomes Two New Affiliates
Hartford, Connecticut; Albany, New York

Our new affiliate in Connecticut hosted ING staff for two workshop events this past weekend, April 23–24. On Saturday, local youth and their parents addressed issues of parents’ rights, as well as harassment and bullying in our schools in an ING Youth/Parent Workshop. Also included in the workshop are educational tools on Islam and Muslims. On Sunday, dozens of adults were trained as ING public speakers on Islam and Muslims in America.

Also joining our Network this week is a group of seasoned educators in the Albany, New York area, bringing the total number of ING affiliates to 24 regions in 20 states and Canada.


Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith
Sunday, May 1, 10:00–11:00 a.m. in Berkeley

ING staff will lead ING’s core presentation on the basic beliefs and practices of Muslims, which includes a brief overview of their history and of notable Muslims today. This presentation also addresses common misconceptions relating to extremism and women’s rights and discusses Islam’s perspectives on pluralism and other faiths, including Judaism and Christianity.


Toward a More Perfect Union: Overcoming Islamophobia
Sunday May 1st, 6:30–9:30 p.m. at Cabrillo College, Aptos

Representatives of several regional Muslim organizations, including ING Content Director Ameena Jandali, will address ways that we might proceed to help to create a climate of compassion and trust in our community. The event will also feature a showing of the 2014 PBS documentary “An American Mosque” that tells of the 1994 destruction of a mosque by an arson fire in Yuba City and the way that the non-Muslim community rallied to support its rebuilding.


Interfaith Panel: Living the Faith
Wednesday May 4, 1:30–2:30 p.m. in San Jose

At this ING event, representatives of the major world religions will introduce their beliefs and practices then discuss how they implement and live their beliefs, practices and values in the busy life they lead in the San Francisco Bay Area. ING panelists will be Berget Jelane, Buddhist; Joy Aspenall, Christian; Esther Heller, Jew; and Nauman Azhar, Muslim. Facilitator: Jean Ramacciotti.


ING Youth Speakers Training
Friday, May 6th, 4:00–8:00 p.m. in Pleasanton

At this first ING Youth Speakers Bureau training, high school and middle school students will be trained to present their faith in a clear, articulate way that will reach their peers and build inter-religious understanding and harmony in their schools and communities.


Getting to Know Muslims and Their Faith
Wednesday, May 11, 7:00–9:00 p.m. in Palo Alto

ING Chief Executive Officer Maha Elgenaidi will deliver our flagship presentation and answer questions on American Muslims to the Palo Alto Kiwanis Club relating to contemporary issues to the Palo Alto Kiwanis Club. This is the second of two presentations for this group.