Past Events – November 2019 Highlights of IFSB Past Events To book an Interfaith Speakers Bureau panel, visit our site. 11/14: Stop Hate and Spread Love in Sunnyvale From left to right, Fatih Ferder from the Pacifica Institute, Jan McDaniel from the Los Altos United Methodist Church, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi, Rafael Brinner from the Jewish Federation, Elizabeth Green from the FBI, and Vlad Khaykin from the ADL speaking on a panel hosted by the Pacifica Institute. Maha addressed the rise of hate crimes and how to prevent them through allyship and education. The event was attended by 120 people of various backgrounds and began with a Thanksgiving dinner courtesy of the Turkish community and ended with a Q&A session with the panelists. 11/8: Introduction to Islam during Interfaith Panel on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Rohnert Park ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali presenting on Islam as part of an interfaith symposium for students at Sonoma State University. Students asked many questions about Islam and expressed appreciation to Ameena for the presentation. 11/7: Shared Values Among Faiths in Santa Cruz From left to right, Laurie Schlaepfer, Tenzin Chogkyi, Dr. Sulochina Lulla, Henry Millstein, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi, and Harry Cornbleet presenting to students at the University of Santa Cruz (UCSC). Students were excited and asked intriguing questions. 11/6: Shared Values Among Faiths in Mountain View From left to right, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, Madhu Kopalle, Harry Cornbleet, Tenzin Chogkyi, Rev. George Anne McDonnell, and ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi speaking to audiences at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. Panelists spoke about the shared values among their faiths, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, and Islam. This was a culmination of a 3 interfaith panel series co-sponsored by the City of Mountain View. 11/6: Christians and Muslims in Gilroy From left to right, ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi, and Joy Aspenall speaking to Gilroy middle school students. Maha and Joy spoke on the shared beliefs, practices and values of Islam and Catholicism. Students asked questions that demonstrated their deep understanding of and respect for both traditions which is due to the good education provided by their teacher, Chris Eaton. To book an Interfaith Speakers Bureau panel, visit our site. Highlights of ISB Past Events To book an ING presentation, visit our site. 11/25: Providing Health and Well-Being for Muslim Americans in North Carolina via Webinar ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali speaking to students and educators at the University of North Carolina in Pembroke via webinar. After the presentation the professor commented, “we appreciate your time and attention to providing us a wonderful presentation this evening. The information you shared with us was enlightening on many levels.” 11/15: Mosque Tour in Berkeley ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali with students from the Chaplaincy Institute outside the Berkeley mosque where Ameena conducted a tour and Q&A session. After attending the Friday prayers Ameena explained the different aspects of the service and mosque structure and answered their questions, which ranged from topics related to the prayer service to gender issues and hijab. The Chaplaincy Institute has been working with ING for over a decade. 11/15: A History of Muslims in America in San Jose ING Speaker Ismael Nass-Duce speaking to middle school students in San Jose. The students asked many questions, especially about prayer practices, and enjoyed when Ismael wrote their names on the board in Arabic. 11/14: Demographics of Muslims & Challenges Confronting Muslim Americans in San Jose From left to right, Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen standing with ING Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi. After receiving an ING cultural diversity seminar for law enforcement, Santa Clara County Deputy DA David Angel said “I can enthusiastically endorse the training given to my office by ING recently… The training offered by [the ING speaker] was a great first step in helping us to recognize the many subtle, and not so subtle, ways that Muslims can be de-humanized in our culture. It helped us see the many ways they can be victimized and harmed. It gave us tools to help us do our jobs and reach out to the Muslim community. We learned practical and helpful lessons about the ethnic, linguistic and ethnic diversity of the Muslim community in our country. Of course, we were passionately concerned about the rise in hate crimes targeting this community, particularly when that hatred is amplified by politicians, but we also learned practical wisdom in working with both Muslims who are more secular and those who are more devout. I can highly recommend the training for other District Attorney Offices. …ING is a great asset as we build bridges with our Muslim neighbors.” 11/13: Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith in San Francisco ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan speaking to a middle school English class in San Francisco. Students had just finished reading Towers Falling, a book exploring the life of a Muslim student 15 years after the events of 9/11. After a brief talk about Muslims, Ishaq answered students questions relating to life as a Muslim American. 11/13: Islamophobia and Its Impact in Alameda ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali and ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan presenting to middle school students in Alameda. Ameena discussed the roots of Islamophobia, ways it is disseminated, and its impact, including the bullying of Muslim students. She asked the students about their experiences with bullying and a few of them shared their personal experiences including a Muslim boy who was overcome with sobs and a Muslim girl who said students who bullied her because of her faith made other students afraid to be her friend. Islamophobia has a real impact on the lives of even the youngest Muslim Americans. 11/12: Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith in San Mateo ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan and Content Manager Ameena Jandali speaking to middle school students in San Mateo. Students were really interested in the 4th pillar of Islam which is fasting, asking questions about who fasts, what constitutes breaking it, and of course, “not even water?” 11/7: Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith & Muslim Women Beyond the Stereotypes in San Francisco ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali speaking to students at a private Catholic high school in San Francisco. Students asked about Ameena’s personal practice of Islam, the faith in general, and the difference between the role of Jesus in Christianity versus Islam. 11/5: Islamophobia and Its Impact in Milpitas ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan presenting to middle school students in the South Bay. Ishaq addressed definitions of Islamophobia, why it exists, and how to counter it. Throughout the presentation Ishaq and students made connections between Islamophobia and other forms of racism and bigotries. To book an ING presentation, visit our site. Highlights of INGYouth Past Events To book an INGYouth workshop, visit our site. 11/17: INGYouth Workshop in Berkeley ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan delivering this workshop to Muslim teens at an Islamic school in Berkeley. Ishaq learned about their school experiences and spoke about how to answer loaded questions about Muslims and Islam. 11/15: INGYouth Workshop in Berkeley ING Bay Area Director Ishaq Pathan delivering this workshop at Berkeley High School. Ishaq spoke with students about how they could educate others about the diversity of Muslims and key principles within Islam. To book an INGYouth workshop, visit our site. Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a peace-building organization providing face-to-face education and engagement opportunities that foster understanding of Muslims and other misunderstood groups to promote harmony among all people.