Tapping Into God: An Interfaith Experience

In 2017, author Debbie Belmessieri had a vision of taking her acclaimed book and making it into a video series. Join the author for a very special preview of the “pilot” for TAPPING INTO GOD: an
Interfaith Experience. Each episode features two respected leaders from two totally different faith
traditions meeting for the very first time on camera. Together, they explore each other’s perspective
and seek to find common ground.

“Episode 1” features Dr. David Brown of the Mormon Church and Imam Ahmad Salman of the Bay
Area Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Mosque.

Tickets are FREE (available through Eventbrite) but donations are encouraged after the screening. The book will also be available for sale.

President Trump’s Executive Orders & the Muslim Religion— What You Can Do

Speaker: Maha Elgenaidi

  • Founder of the Islamic Networks Group, a non-profit organization that works to counter prejudice and discrimination against American Muslims through education and relationship building.
  • Author of training handbooks on outreach for American Muslims, as well as training seminars for public institutions on developing cultural competency with the American Muslim Community.
  • Part-time lecturer on Islam in the modern world at Santa Clara University

Maha has been recognized with numerous awards, including the Civil Rights Leadership Award from the California Association of Human Relations Organizations and Citizen of the Year Award from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.

The public is welcome and admission is free.

For more information, contact:

Keith Casto, (408) 221-1304, kcasto@cwclaw.com
or Carla Zaccheo, (408) 218-3342, czaccheo@sbcglobal.net

Fear of a Faith: Sharia, Surveillance, Terrorism and the Muslim Ban

Ameena Jandali, Founding Member, Islamic Networks Group
Jihad Turk, President, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School
Joe Simitian, Supervisor, Santa Clara County—Moderator

What’s real and what’s not? Join us for this special community forum to learn more about the policies, politics and current events that affect the United States and our overall understanding of Muslims and the Islam religion.

Co-presented by the office of Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian

Film Premiere: St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan of Egypt

During the Crusades, Saint Francis of Assisi risked his life by walking across enemy lines to meet the Sultan of Egypt, the Muslim ruler Al-Malik al-Kamil. This remarkable encounter, and the commitment to peace of the two men behind it, sucked the venom out of the Crusades and changed the relationship between Muslims and Christians for the better.
Featuring dramatic reenactments and renowned scholarship, this amazing story is brought to life in “The Sultan and the Saint.” Scholars interviewed include Michael Cusato (St. Bonaventure University), Sr. Kathy Warren (Sisters of St. Francis), Suleiman Mourad (Smith College), Homayra Ziad (Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies), Paul Moses (The Saint and the Sultan), and others.
Join us for this premiere in San Jose to learn about the remarkable spiritual exchange between the Sultan and the Saint, and the great risks they took for peace.
Admission is free of charge. Tickets at SultanSaintSanJose.eventbrite.com
This film contains some scenes of violence and may not be appropriate for children under 12. Please use your own discretion.
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Interfaith Passover Unity Seder

Led by Rabbi Laurie Hahn Tapper and Father George Aranha, this interfaith celebration of a Passover Seder will include Jewish, Christian and Muslim participants. Members of other Faith traditions are welcome, as well.

RSVP by March 20 to Carol Rossi, 408-264-9786 or rossitwo@sbcglobal.net

Questions: contact diane@jvalley.org or call 408-357-7504

Unity Seder Flyer

Hands Around the Mosque

Love is the only force capable of uniting a divided nation

We Muslims, Arabs and South Asians are honored and grateful to our fellow American from diverse communities and faiths for standing with us in this climate of hate and division.

Let us send a profound and sacred message of our unity to the world as we reaffirm our commitment to stand by and support each other as one nation, the United States of America

Please join us for an interfaith/inter‐community gathering and move “From fear to friendship”

Tea and snacks will be served; Family event, children are welcome.

A special request to our faith leaders: Kindly wear your religious attire for the event.

Register at EVENTBRITE

SiVIC is one of the many partners for this event.

Meet a Muslim

You are invited to join us and meet a Muslim, someone who likely lives in your own community. These conversations have allowed many of your neighbors to participate in an open dialogue; sharing honest questions and thoughts, receiving equally honest answers about Islam and the everyday life of a Muslim.

Please bring an open mind and your questions; nothing is off limits.

Eid Festival: Celebration of Muslim Holidays

This Holiday Season  Please join us to experience how Muslims celebrate their holidays. A Holiday to build a “Beloved Community.”

All faiths encourage their followers to love their neighbors.
To love our neighbors, “We must know our neighbors.”

“National Know your neighbors” is AMV Foundation’s campaign to build a culture of hope, inclusion and peace.  We are encouraging all Americans to move “From Fear to Friendship.”

Highlights of the Festival:

Complimentary Gourmet Pakistani Lunch, Desserts from around the world, Interfaith panel sharing religious holidays, cultural performances, Mehndi Tattoos (Henna). Have fun dressing up with ethnic dresses, enactment of Eid visit to friend’s home and Bangles for girls.

Register at eventbrite.com


Show of Solidarity for Evergreen Mosque

Several community groups are planning a silent, peaceful show of solidarity outside the Evergreen Islamic Center this Friday, December 2, from 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, during their Friday afternoon prayer service.  The community usually starts arriving around 1:00, and the service ends around 2:00.  Participants are encouraged to bring signs showing support (eg. “You are welcome here”, “You belong here,” “Stronger in our diversity,” “San Jose supports you” etc.).

The Evergreen mosque was one of the communities across the nation that received a hate letter; police are investigating (story here). Evergreen Islamic Center started out as a satellite mosque and community center in the Evergreen foothills under the South Bay Islamic Association (SBIA) umbrella. SBIA is a multi-cultural, community service, and religious organization that was established in 1978 with the goal of providing Islamic services to the community.