Muslims and Jews Launch New Organizing Group

Bay Area Muslims Host Dinner;
Launch New Muslim-Jewish Connect Group


A few of the Muslim and Jewish representatives at last night’s dinner

Representing three dozen Bay Area Muslim and Jewish houses of worship and non-profit organizations, and led by ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi and Rabbi Nathanial Ezray of Temple Beth Jacob-Conservative, more than 50 Muslims and Jews gathered together last night at Yaseen Islamic Center in Burlingame to break bread and discuss a shared path forward. The evening began with prayers and a statement of vision for the future of our two communities working together — based on decades of local Jewish-Muslim efforts, an exploration of new opportunities, and a clear strategy to address common causes and concerns in light of increasing Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.


Maha Elgenaidi and Rabbi Amy Eilberg lead brainstorm and feedback session

The evening launched an organized effort of leaders that will meet regularly and provide support for local programs, events, and other joint efforts. In the current political climate, such organized efforts are more important than ever.

Upcoming Interfaith Solidarity Events 

Unite Against Hate
Friday, August 25, 12:00 PM
Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco, CA
Join community leaders, faith-based representatives, local labor members, and city officials to celebrate our San Francisco values of compassion, love and inclusiveness.
More details here.

Interfaith Gathering Against Hate
Friday, August 25, 5:30 PM (oneg/nosh), 6:30 PM service followed by dessert
Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco, CA
This interfaith, interracial, community-wide Shabbat service will involve representatives from faith-based and civic organizations as well as San Francisco’s political leaders.
More details here.

Fellowship and Freedom (sponsored by the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition)
Friday, August 25, 2017, 6:30 PM
Peninsula Temple Beth El, San Mateo, CA
More details here.

Bay Area Rally Against Hate
Sunday, August 27, 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Crescent Lawn, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Join us at an interfaith gathering with members of the greater East Bay community to stand against anti-Semitism, racism, and hate.
More details here.