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New Ground: a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change

New Ground: a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change

IN THIS ISSUE of New Ground: a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change
My So Called Enemy
Dialogue Facilitation Training
Alumni Profiles

My So Called Enemy: Please join us on February 12th for a NewGround screening of My So-Called Enemy, a documentary about the nature of dialogue in the midst of conflict at the IMAN center on Motor Ave. in West LA.

22 Palestinian and Israeli girls participated in a program which began in 2002 and concluded in 2009. This is a film about the relationships they developed. See more details about the film below.

Group of 10 or more can receive a discounted rate of $12 per ticket. We'll work out details of whether that would be easiest online or the night of for payment. NewGround at LimmudLATickets available here:

LimmudLA: NewGround's Executive Director, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, will be featured as a presenter at LimmudLA- a Jewish learning conference. The conference brings together Jews of all backgrounds for a celebration of life and learning. February 17th-19th in Costa Mesa

Dialogue Facilitation Training This Sunday

NewGround is founded upon the skillful leadership of dialogue facilitators Malka Fenyvesi and Aziza Hasan. Our extraordinary facilitators will be sharing their secrets with the public. Join Malka and Aziza for a one-day workshop to learn how to effectively lead interfaith dialogue in a variety of settings.

Sunday, January 22nd at Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills at 10:00a.m.-5:30p.m. Lunch included.

The cost of the program is $30. Spaces are limited so sign up early by RSVPing to

Profiled by the public radio program "Speaking of Faith," Hasan and Fenyvesi have also been honored in Los Angeles by the Valley Interfaith Council for their unique approach to strengthening communication and building trust.

NewGround Alumni Profile: Tasneem Noor

Transforming Student Leadership in California

When Tasneem Noor first began participating with NewGround, she was happy to see so many diverse and open-minded people, ready to discuss not only the topics important to all of them, but to get to know the people in the room and learn about how their faith was part of their everyday lives. Born in Pakistan but raised there, in India, and in United Arab Emirates, she moved to Los Angeles when she was a junior in high school. She attended UCLA for both her Bachelors in English, and Masters in Education in Student Affairs. Now, as part of the student affairs division at Cal State Los Angeles, she is working with the student government to support student programming and advocacy based initiatives. Read more.

NewGround Alumni Profile: Amy Kolsky
Bringing NewGround Around the World

Amy Kolsky is an adventurous spirit. During the NewGround experience, Kolsky was the only Jewish fellow who had not been to Israel or Palestine. "I didn't have much of a connection to Israel or particularly strong views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I just knew that both sides experienced a painful past and both sides took a powerful stance now. I came to the realization that after NewGround, I wanted to learn more about the region." So Amy took a position teaching at a summer school in the West Bank city of Nablus. After completing her teaching assignment, she spent a month traveling or more specifically, "Couchsurfing," around Israel. "I came in to NewGround open-minded and the fellowship taught me how to take this experience to the next level- to encounter people as individuals not just as representatives of political entities. And that enabled me to engage with people across the spectrum." Read more...

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