From left to right, top to bottom, Fatih Ferdi Ates (Pacifica Institute), Michael Pappas (San Francisco Interfaith Council), Rabbi Jacqueline Mates-Muchin (Temple Sinai), Maha Elgenaidi (ING), Rev. Ronald Kobata (Buddhist Church Of San Francisco), Kaushik Roy (Shanti Project), Dr. Mary Wardell-Ghirarduzzi (University Of San Francisco), and Mayor London Breed (City of San Francisco)

Held by the Pacifica Institute, ING Founder and Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi took part in a virtual Interfaith Ramadan Gathering on Wednesday, April 29 along with other faith and government leaders, including San Francisco Mayor London Breed and San Francisco Interfaith Council Director Michael Pappas. She talked about the Islamic perspective on pandemics and the benefits they bring as well as some of the goals of Ramadan that align with our present situation. To view the recording, visit here. Maha speaks at 51:00 minutes on the recording.

Join us for a Virtual Abrahamic Interfaith Iftar
this Ramadan on May 7th, or May 14th

For the first time in three decades Passover, Easter and Ramadan all fall around the same time. Yet this year Christians, Jews and Muslims are having to adapt observances of their holiday rituals due to the coronavirus pandemic. Join us for a virtual fast-breaking (iftar) with representatives from the three Abrahamic faiths discussing their holiday observances and how they are being adjusted this year.

Register for ONLY one of the interfaith iftars below:

  • May 7th: Interfaith Virtual Iftar: Turning Houses into Sacred Spaces: Utilizing Rituals to Ground Us During COVID-19
  • May 14th: Interfaith Virtual Iftar: Turning Houses into Sacred Spaces: Utilizing Rituals to Ground Us During COVID-19

Facebook Live Two-Part Series on Ramadan, School, and COVID-19
on May 5th and May 7th

Since the start of Ramadan on April 24th, Muslim students attending school online due to the coronavirus pandemic now have the added dimension of fasting during sunlight hours. Join us for a Facebook Live two-part series on ways that students and educators can navigate their challenges this Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, May 5th at 3:30 – 4:30 PM PDT: A Conversation with Muslim Students on Ramadan During COVID-19

This webinar features ING teen speakers discussing the unique challenges and opportunities they are facing this Ramadan during the coronavirus pandemic as they struggle to balance school, social distancing, and fasting.

Thursday, May 7th at 3:30 – 4:30 PM PDT: A Conversation with Teachers on Ramadan During COVID-19

This webinar features ING staff and guest educators providing an overview of the impact of virtual education on students generally, before discussing the unique challenges for Muslim students fasting in Ramadan. It concludes with suggestions for reasonable accommodations for Muslim students during Ramadan to promote inclusivity and productivity during this unique situation.

To receive updates on this series, register here.

Countering Islamophobia through Education and
Interfaith-Intercultural Engagements on May 6th

On May 6th at 6:30 PM, ING Founder and Executive Director Maha Elgenaidi will address the topic of countering Islamophobia through education and interfaith-intercultural engagement for Salaam Islamic Center’s weekly conversations about Islam during Ramadan. To learn more about the online presentation, visit here.

Virtual Presentations about Ramadan for
your Group or Shabbat or Sunday Services

Ramadan during this pandemic is unlike previous years where communal activities have been central to observance. At ING we are happy to provide an overview of Ramadan as well as talk about some of the unique challenges and opportunities this Ramadan for your group or Shabbat or Sunday service via Zoom or another platform. To request a presentation about Ramadan, visit this page.

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