Muslim-Jewish Engagement in Jewish Silicon Valley Magazine | Featured Events

ING’s Muslim-Jewish Engagement Work Featured in JValley Magazine

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi recently sat down with Diane Fisher, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Rabbi Melanie Aron, senior rabbi of Congregation Shir Hadash in Los Gatos, to discuss how they’ve spent the past 20 years building the groundwork for Muslim-Jewish relations in the Bay Area. You can read the whole article at the JValley Magazine site or Maha’s blog.

Upcoming Featured ING Events

Islamic Society of North America Convention:
August 31st-September 3rd in Houston, Texas

ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali will speak in three sessions for the 55th Annual Islamic Society of North America Convention in Houston, Texas. On Saturday, September 1st, she will participate in a spiritual discussion exploring Islamic approaches to anger, and on Sunday, September 2nd, she will participate in a spiritual discussion exploring Islamic approaches to gluttony. On Sunday, September 2nd, Ameena will lead a community discussion on common challenges facing Muslim families today.

Back to School Anti-Bullying Webinar Series:
Next Webinar September 5th

Join ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan and special guest speakers for a series of anti-bullying webinars on Countering Islamophobia in Schools. Each webinar is 30-60 minutes long. The remaining webinars will cover:
  • Student and Parental Rights & Accommodations (view recording here) with Habeeb Quadri, Zahra Billoo, and Ishaq Pathan
  • Muslim Student Experiences & Peer-to-Peer Education (Wednesday, September 5th) with Dalia Mogahed and Ishaq Pathan
  • Reporting and Countering Islamophobia (Thursday, October 11th) with Zahra Billoo and Ishaq Pathan

Race, Class, and Religious Intersectionality:
September 8th in Jackson, Mississippi

On Saturday, September 8th, the Islamic Thought Institute at the International Museum of Muslim Cultures in Jackson, Mississippi will host a historic national conference that presents a candid conversation about race, class, and religious intersectionality. ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will participate in an interfaith panel examining the role of interfaith dialogue and engagement in building a movement against hate.

Religion and the Environment:
September 16th in Saratoga

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Saratoga will host an interfaith panel on religious teachings about conservation and environmental preservation. We hope that the audience will gain a new appreciation for ways in which faith traditions can work together to preserve our environment and our world.

Contemporary Issues Affecting American Muslims:
September 23rd in San Francisco

ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will speak with the participants of Calvary Presbyterian Church’s Adult Education class about contemporary issues affecting U.S. Muslims. The session will address the serious challenges facing American Muslims today, including Islamophobia, maintaining a minority faith and culture in an increasingly secular but still nominally Christian-majority society, and promoting education about Islam and Muslims.

Sabbath in the 21st Century:
September 23rd in San Jose

ING Community and Civic Engagement Manager Raania Mohsen will participate in an interfaith panel for the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council’s Interreligious Leaders Forum. The topic of the panel is “Sabbath in the 21st Century” and will feature representatives from a variety of religious backgrounds exploring how their faith communities orient around a “day of rest” in the modern (busy) world.

Jewish Festival of Sukkot for Muslim Neighbors:
September 23rd in Berkeley

Please join our friends at Chochmat HaLev for a celebration of the Jewish festival of Sukkot! Learn how to write your name in Hebrew and Arabic and help decorate the Sukkah (temporary outdoor dwelling). ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali and Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb will offer stories about Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar in the Jewish and Muslim traditions.

Public Hearing on Bullying Awareness:
October 12th in San Jose

Please join ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and Assemblymember Kansen Chu for an upcoming public hearing on bullying awareness. Maha will discuss ING’s work in schools through our speakers bureaus and INGYouth program. The hearing will be held on Friday, October 12th from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Santa Clara County Board Chambers in San Jose.


2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions:
November 1st-7th in Toronto, Ontario

The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the oldest, largest, most diverse interfaith gathering in the world. For the 2018 Parliament in Toronto, Ontario, Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan will deliver two sessions on ING’s programs. On Sunday, November 4th, he will discuss the Islamic Speakers Bureau and Interfaith Speakers Bureau and walk attendees through best practices for starting similar initiatives. On Tuesday, November 6th, Ishaq will lead a session exploring how the INGYouth program enables Muslim youth to actively counter hate in their communities.


Highlights of Past ING Events

“We need talks like this on Islam at every club.”

The Rotary Club of Saratoga invited ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi to their monthly meeting to discuss the current political environment for Muslims in the United States and engage in conversation on frequently asked questions about Islam. The group was very receptive and asked excellent questions about Americans who are Muslim. Afterwards, one member suggested that, “We need talks like this on Islam at every club.” You can schedule a presentation about American Muslims for your group at our site.