Introducing "NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership" with a Week of Interfaith Events in L.A.

March 6, 2007

This week, the Muslim Public Affairs Council officially launches a new major initiative, "NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change". The launch, which will be held at Los Angeles City Hall on Thursday, will be hosted by City Council President Eric Garcetti. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sheriff Lee Baca, and prominent interfaith leaders will also be in attendance.

NewGround, a joint partnership with the Progressive Jewish Alliance (PJA), is an innovative long-term program dedicated to building meaningful relationships and fostering a strong sense of civic engagement amongst diverse groups of Muslims and Jews.

In honor of this milestone, MPAC & PJA will be hosting a week of interfaith events. Please join us to celebrate this new collaboration...

Wednesday, March 7th
NewGround, MPAC and PJA Screen "Encounter Point"
"Encounter Point" is a documentary about a former Israeli settler, a Palestinian ex-prisoner, a bereaved Israeli mother and a wounded Palestinian brother who risk their lives to promote a nonviolent end to the conflict.  The film explores what drives them and thousands of other like-minded civilians to overcome anger and grief to work for grassroots solutions.

Stay for a dialogue session following the screening led by MPAC and PJA, location TBA.

Wednesday, March 7 at 7:20 p.m.
Laemmle Music Hall
9036 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

For more information, click here to email MPAC, or visit the movie's official website.

Thursday, March 8th
FaithJam 2007

An interfaith concert bringing together the sounds and cultures of our world.

Thursday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Performers include: JUNOON, missFLAG, On Ensemble, COR AME Gospel Choir and more! Click here for more information and free tickets.

This event is part of the Let My People Sing festival. For information on other events from the festival, click here.

Monday, March 12th
Thanksgiving Coffee: An Interfaith Collaboration in Uganda

Join us for an evening of stories from JJ Keki, an Abayudaya Jew who runs the Mirembe Kawomera Cooperative. This coffee-growing cooperative is a rare partnership compromised of Jews, Muslims, and Christians who have put Uganda's history of religious and tribal divides behind them.  Emphasizing respect and diversity, the Mirembe Kawomera Cooperative has built a strong leadership, with representation from all three faiths on its executive board. It is one of six smaller co-ops under the larger Gumutindo Cooperative, which brings together over 2,400 Ugandan farmers.

Monday, March 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Ten Thousand Villages of Pasadena
496 S. Lake Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

PJA, MPAC and Ten Thousand Villages are sponsoring this event. Click here for more information about Ten Thousand Villages.  Click here for more information on Thanksgiving Coffee.



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