Understanding Islam Panel | Oakland Equity Training | Upcoming Events ING holds the first of its three Ramadan 26th Anniversary Events. Join us for the next two Hosted by an ING supporter in Saratoga, ING held its first of three Ramadan 26th anniversary events where David Renie, ING board chair and Ishaq Pathan, ING deputy Director spoke to a small audience of 40 supporters. Join us at the next two events to learn about exciting new programs that promote intercultural understanding, empower Muslim teens, and explore ways we can jointly address and overcome common roots of bigotry. You will also have the opportunity to meet our new leadership team for the Bay Area: Upcoming ING Supporter Events in the Bay Area: • Sunday, May 19, 2019 in Dublin, 6:30-9:30 pm. Register here for Dublin event. • Sunday, May 26, 2019 in Palo Alto, 6:30-9:30 pm. Register here for Palo Alto event. We look forward to seeing you at one or both of the remaining events. Thank you. ING Speaks on First Panel of Understanding Islam Series at Saratoga Civic Theater. Register for upcoming events ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali joined Jihad Turk, President of Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, and Anita Husen, educator and linguist and previous director of the Markaz at Stanford University, for the first of a three-part Commonwealth Club series on “Understanding Islam,” moderated by Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian in Saratoga. The conversation began with a general description of the basics of Islam, including Muslims’ great respect for Jesus and other Abrahamic prophets, before addressing questions about diversity in practice, differences between Shias and Sunnis, the meaning of hijab, and current topics such as Ilhan Omar and her recent comments. Find more information in our upcoming events section for the next two panels in this series on April 23rd and April 25th. RSVP here. ING Joined Oakland Unified School District to Provide Staff Equity Training ING Deputy Director Ishaq Pathan and Content Manager Ameena Jandali presented “Fostering an Inclusive Environment” to teachers at an elementary school in Oakland organized by the Oakland Unified School District’s Office of Equity. They discussed general school climate and the high rates of bullying and other issues impacting minority students. They also proposed remedies in the form of anti-bullying programs and accommodations for religious practice and presented resources for teaching about diverse cultures. Teachers shared their experiences of student bullying as well as their own strategies and solutions for inclusion. To request an equity training for your school, visit our site. Upcoming Events Friday, April 19th, 2019: Developing Cultural Competency: Working With American Muslim Communities, Monterey, CA. Find more information here. Monday, April 22nd, 2019: Developing Cultural Competency: Working With American Muslim Communities, FBI San Francisco Division, San Francisco, CA. Find more information here. Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019: Understanding Islam: Fear of a Faith: Sharia. Surveillance. Terrorism. The Muslim Ban. What’s real, and what’s not?, Saratoga Civic Theater, Saratoga, CA. Find more information here. RSVP here. Thursday, April 25th, 2019: Understanding Islam: Women and Islam, Saratoga Civic Theater, Saratoga, CA. Find more information here. RSVP here. Friday, April 26th, 2019: Mosque Tour, Chaplaincy Institute, Alameda, CA. Find more information here. Sunday, April 28th, 2019: Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith, Glide, San Francisco, CA. Find more information here. Monday, April 29th, 2019: Religion and Pluralism, Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, Mountain View, CA. Find more information here. RSVP here. Islamophobia, Islam and Ramadan, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA. Find more information here. Wednesday, May 1st, 2019: Understanding Muslim Students: Fostering an Inclusive Environment, Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, CA. Find more information here. If you are interested in attending any of these upcoming events, please write to [email protected]. Highlights of Past Events Middle School Students were Curious About Daily Muslim Practices Supplementing curriculum, ING Speaker Aisha Jill Morgan presented “Getting to Know American Muslims and Their Faith” to middle school students in Sonoma. She discussed prayer and other daily Muslim practices, beliefs about the afterlife and creation, and commonalities among Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Students were attentive and inquisitive. To book a presentation about American Muslims, visit our site. Tenderloin Community School Received Presentation on Ramadan ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali spoke about “Understanding Ramadan” during April’s Principal Chat at the Tenderloin Community School in San Francisco. She gave an overview of Ramadan, the purpose and goals of fasting, and a look at a day in the life of a fasting person. You can access ING’s free public presentation on Ramadan on our site. ING Covers Death and Dying on Interfaith Panel ING Content Manager Ameena Jandali spoke on a panel about death and dying for chaplains and staff at the Institute on Aging in San Francisco along with representatives from other faiths addressing the topic from their traditions. She described Islamic beliefs and teachings relating to illness and death and common end-of-life practices, including burial and mourning. Both the panelists and attendees were struck by the many similarities in all of the beliefs and rituals surrounding death and dying. To request a similar presentation, visit our site. Islamic Networks Group (ING) is a non-profit organization with affiliates and partners around the country that are pursuing peace and countering all forms of bigotry through education and interfaith engagement while working within the framework of the First Amendment’s protection of religious freedom and pluralism.