A panel discussion with Muslim and Jewish leaders in the New York area and around the world engaged in the work of building grass-roots Muslim-Jewish relations. Each of the panelists will describe their varied approaches to nurturing local and international coalitions of young and not-so-young Muslims and Jews committed to communication, reconciliation and cooperation. What are positive approaches that serve to bring Jews and Muslims together and what are the challenges we need to overcome in order to build understanding and trust? What are the stakes for both communities in building fruitful ties with the 'Other'?
Walter Ruby, Muslim Jewish Program Director, Foundation for Ethnic Understanding will moderate a panel including: Chelsea Garbell, President of Bridges: Muslim-Jewish Interfaith Dialogue @ NYU; Sami Elmansoury, New York-based activist and Muslim community leader who has led efforts to fight Islamophobia and strengthen Muslim-Jewish relations; Ilja Sichrovsky, the Vienna-based Secretary-General of the Muslim-Jewish Conference, a grassroots dialogue and leadership organization working worldwide with Muslims and Jews in their 20´s and 30´s and bringing them together face to face at annual conferences and Zamir Hassan, founder and president, Muslims Against Hunger, a New Jersey based national anti-hunger organization that has been involved in joint Muslim-Jewish 'feeding the hungry' efforts.