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Muslim-Jewish Halaqa-Seder Study Session Brings
Together South Bay Muslim and Jewish Communities


Members of the South Bay Muslim and Jewish communities came together last weekend for an intimate study session exploring the Exodus story from the Torah and Qur’an in preparation for next month’s Muslim-Jewish Halaqa-Seder event. Attendees commented on the depth and honesty of their dialogue, which explored both similarities and differences between the two accounts.

It was truly a safe space for exploring the meaning and significance of the Exodus story on both an individual and community level, with a number of participants commenting that not only were they learning about another tradition’s interpretation of the Exodus narrative, but came to a deeper understanding of their own tradition through the dialogue. Click here for slideshows of this and other Halaqa-Seder study sessions.

At ING, we believe that face-to-face dialogue and engagement are powerful ways to build relationships of trust and mutual respect. Join us at one of our upcoming events detailed below, and Like us on Facebook or Follow us on Twitter to be the first to hear about our work.


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 more information. Tickets are $10/person (to cover costs).


Upcoming Adult Interfaith Training and
INGYouth Workshop with Michigan ING Affiliate

March 5th and 6th, 2016

Later this week, 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.


ING Speakers Conduct Face-to-Face
Presentations Every Day of the Week


ING’s Speakers are always on the road, bringing informative and engaging presentations to students across the Bay Area and through our Affiliates throughout the country. Last week, one of our Speakers presented 6 sessions to over 550 students at her local high school. Face-to-face encounter and engagement is a key part of what makes ING’s presentations so popular and successful. “Perhaps my presentations reached the ears of some students who will now think more about how to show respect to students of all backgrounds and traditions,” this Speaker reflected.

Visit our site to learn more about the work of the Interfaith Speakers Bureau and Islamic Speakers Bureau, including how to schedule presentations and panels.


Featured Events from ING’s Interfaith Allies Program

Interfaith Allies 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:

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]