Staff Insights

Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting, five years on: We still refuse to admit ignorance can be deadly

By Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager. This opinion originally appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal This Saturday, August 5th, marks five years since a white supremacist walked into a Sikh gurdwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and murdered six innocent people who were preparing food. The shooter’s… Read More

U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations in Context of Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: What We Can Do

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. Recent violence and loss of life in Jerusalem[1] once again reminds us of how much we need to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. It also highlights the lack of imagination and political will of the… Read More

U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations in the Context of Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: What We Can Do

July 27, 2017 by Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director This piece originally appeared at the Huffington Post “Differences in narratives of Palestinian-Israeli conflict held by American Muslims and Jews may seem unbridgeable, but I know we can work together.” Recent violence and loss of life in Jerusalem[1] once again reminds… Read More

Monsters Command Fear, Losers Like ISIS Command Nothing

By Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. I don’t often find common currency with our Chief Executive’s speeches, but earlier this week while referring to the perpetrators of the Manchester Arena terror attack, our President said, “I won’t call them monsters because they would like… Read More

A Christian’s Reflection on Terror in the Name of Islam

By Henry Millstein, PhD, Content Manager & Programs Analyst​. This opinion appeared at the ING blog. The Crusades. The Inquisition. The wars of religion. The persecution and oppression of Jews. The burning of “witches.” Even the Holocaust—for though the Nazis did not claim to be motivated by Christian faith, the… Read More

Bay Area Muslims Condemn Attacks on Coptic Christians

By Maha Elgenaidi, ING Executive Director, and Michael Pappas, San Francisco Interfaith Council Executive Director. This opinion originally appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle. Every day, millions of Americans of all faiths and none give thanks for our Constitution’s guarantee of religious freedom. And when the news… Read More

Bay Area Muslims Decry Palm Sunday Violence and Call for Interfaith Unity for Human Rights

By Maha Elgenaidi, ING Executive Director, and Hamza Yusuf Hanson, President of Zaytuna College. This opinion originally appeared in the San Jose Mercury News. Last weekend, as Christians observed Palm Sunday, powerful bomb blasts struck Coptic Christian churches in Egypt in an assault claimed by ISIS. The… Read More

Holy Week for Abrahamic Religions, Faiths Urge Continued Resistance to ISIS

By Kate Chance, Interfaith Coordinator; Henry Millstein, PhD, Content Manager & Programs Analyst; and Tim Brauhn, Communications Manager. This opinion originally appeared at the Huffington Post. This week is sacred for the Abrahamic traditions and offers a beautiful opportunity to renew the historical bonds that have connected… Read More

Blessing the Bread – Remarks at PACT Solidarity Network Press Conference

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at the PACT Solidarity Network Press Conference on April 7th, 2017. Like the Torah, the Quran teaches that when the children of Israel were suffering from hunger and thirst, Moses prayed to God and God answered his prayers with food from… Read More

Maha Elgenaidi’s Opening Remarks for the 2017 Halaqa-Seder Dinner at Congregation Beth Jacob, April 2, 2017

By Maha Elgenaidi, Executive Director. This speech was delivered at a Halaqa-Seder Dinner at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City on April 2, 2017. Learn more about the Halaqa-Seder program here. Salam alaikum, shalom alaichem and greetings of peace. My name is Maha Elgenaidi and I’m… Read More
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