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Register Now for This Saturday’s Workshop on Answering Difficult Questions about Islam and Muslims in the Current Political Environment

Saturday, February 27th, 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Trainers: Ameena Jandali, ING Content Director and Sean Rose, ING Deputy Director

For Muslims participating or wishing to participate in interfaith work or speaking to the public about Islam, this workshop was designed for you. Non-Muslim interfaith allies welcome!

The current moment is one of the most challenging times to be an American Muslim. Islamophobia is at an all-time high, fueled in part by recent tragic national and international events. Muslims often find themselves called upon to answer difficult questions about their faith and loyalty.

Join us for this interactive workshop focused on guidelines, methodology, and knowledge for understanding and responding to frequently asked questions about Islam and Muslims. The workshop is suitable for ages high school and above. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and a printed kit with answers to common FAQs.

Registration fee: $10 which covers materials and a light lunch. For questions, contact Content Manager Henry Millstein at [email protected]


Register Today – Muslim-Jewish Halaqa-Seder:
A Celebration of the Exodus Story

Sunday, April 3rd, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM


ING is excited to convene the second annual ‘Muslim-Jewish Halaqa-Seder: A Celebration of the Exodus Story’ in partnership with Congregation Shir Hadash, the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, and the Pacifica Institute on April 3rd, 2016.

Join us for dramatic reenactments of scenes from the Exodus Story in Muslim and Jewish scriptures followed by engaging interfaith table conversations and a halal/kosher dinner among members of the South Bay’s Muslim and Jewish communities.

Last year’s event was sold out. Reserve your seats today or contact Deputy Director-Programs Sean Rose ([email protected]) for further information. Tickets are $10/person (to cover costs).


Upcoming Adult Interfaith Training and INGYouth Workshop with Michigan ING Affiliate
March 5th and 6th, 2016

ING staff will travel to Michigan for events with the Islamic Education & Resources Network (ILearn), an ING Affiliate. On Saturday, March 5th, the Muslim Unity Center (MUC) will host an adult-focused event on Effective Interfaith Training for Muslims: Thriving in Difficult Times. On Sunday, March 6th, the MUC will also host an INGYouth Workshop for students aged 10-18 and their parents.


Featured Events from ING’s Interfaith Allies Program: #HateEndsWithMe

Interfaith Allies – #HateEndsWithMe is ING’s national grassroots campaign to respond to growing anti-Muslim and anti-minority sentiment, bigotry, and hatred by encouraging and facilitating face-to-face engagement, relationship-building, fellowship, and action between people of different religious traditions, beliefs, and cultures. Over the coming year, with the unique opportunities and needs that an election cycle brings, congregations and places of worship will be at the forefront of efforts to build face-to-face, person-to-person relationships of trust and mutual respect with those from different religious traditions and backgrounds. Here are some upcoming Interfaith Allies events that you can attend:

Islamophobia and American Muslims
Sunday, February 28th, 10:30 AM in Berkeley

ING Content Director Ameena Jandali will deliver a presentation on the interplay of Islamophobia and American Muslims at this event for the United Methodist Church of Berkeley.

Interfaith Panel: Religious Pluralism
Tuesday, March 1st, 6:15 PM in San Jose

How do different religions view the beliefs and practices of other traditions? ING Programs Manager Henry Millstein will facilitate this panel, which includes ING Speakers Michael Bennett (Buddhist), Joy Aspenall (Christian), Harry Cornbleet (Jew), and Nauman Azhar (Muslim).

Interfaith Council Safe Space Dialogue
Wednesday, March 2nd, 7:00 PM in Santa Cruz

This event will give the University of California at Santa Cruz community an opportunity to ask questions of adherents of several world religions. ING Chief Executive Officer Maha Elgenaidi will represent Islam on the panel.

50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate: Jewish Reflection
Wednesday, March 16th, 7:00 PM in San Jose

ING Speaker Harry Cornbleet will offer one of a series of reflections by members of different faiths on the Vatican II document Nostra Aetate that opened up the Catholic Church to interfaith dialogue.

Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith
Saturday, March 19th, 2:00 PM in Santa Cruz

ING Chief Executive Officer Maha Elgenaidi will present our core presentation Getting to Know American Muslims and their Faith, which describes the basic beliefs and practices of Muslims and gives a brief overview of their history and of notable Muslims today.

Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory – Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Poetry from the Convivencia
Thursday, March 31st, 7:00 PM in Los Gatos

The art project “Birds of Longing: Exile and Memory” interweaves Muslim, Jewish, and Christian poetry and spiritual texts from the period of the Convivencia in Spain. ING Chief Executive Officer Maha Elgenaidi will participate on an interfaith panel reflecting on the artwork and texts.

What a Muslim Wishes Christians Knew About Islam
Sunday, April 3rd, 5:00 PM in Piedmont

ING Content Director Ameena Jandali will present her reflections on “What A Muslim Wishes Christians Knew About Islam” at Piedmont Community Church.

Being A Muslim in the Bay Area
Sunday, April 10th, 9:15 AM in Cupertino

As part of Saint Jude the Apostle Episcopal Church’s Sunday Morning Forum, ING Chief Executive Officer Maha Elgenaidi will explore the current environment for Muslims living in the Bay Area, and how other faith groups can help improve the situation.

20th Annual Multicultural Freedom Seder
Wednesday, April 20th, 6:00 PM in San Francisco

The theme for this year’s Multicultural Passover Freedom Seder is modeled on recognizing the many communities that call San Francisco home. ING is a co-sponsor of the Freedom Seder and we urge you to attend and celebrate together. You can join ING’s table by writing to ING Deputy Director-Programs, Sean Rose at [email protected]