Category: "Articles and Press about ICNY"

From NY Times: Film at 9/11 Museum Sets Off Clash Over Reference to Islam

This article by Sharon Otterman was published in The New York Times on April 23, 2014.  The full, original article can be accessed here. Film at 9/11 Museum Sets Off Clash Over Reference to Islam Past the towering tridents that survived the World Trade Center collapse, adjacent to a gallery with photographs of the 19 hijackers, a brief film at the soon-to-open National September 11 Memorial Museum will seek to explain to visitors the historical roots of the attacks. The film, “The Rise of Al Qaeda,” refers to the terrorists as Islamists who viewed their mission as a jihad. The NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who narrates the film, speaks over images of terrorist training camps and Qaeda...Continue Reading

Coalition Urges NYC Mayor for Diwali as Public School Holiday

This article appeared in IndiaWest on March 6, 2014. A coalition of almost 40 New York City organizations and temples urged Mayor Bill de Blasio to include Diwali alongside the new proposed public school holidays for Eid and Lunar New Year. The Diwali Coalition of New York City's letter, sent to the mayor earlier last month, highlights the importance of Diwali for the city's Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities and asked the mayor to take into consideration the significant number of the city's public school children who celebrate this festival. "Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated holidays in our community,” said Diwali Coalition of NYC member Dr. Uma Mysorekar, p...Continue Reading

Muslim Holidays and New York Public Schools – A Conversation with Students at DeWitt Clinton High School

America’s public schools are, by definition, secular institutions.  The establishment clause of   the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution dictates that they can neither honor nor denigrate any religious tradition or community.  But at the same time, our schools must respond to the needs of their culturally diverse students, including those of religious students and their families.  In order to meet the needs of religious students, New York City’s public schools have closed   for major Christian and Jewish holidays since at the least 1950s.  And in recent years, a growing number of edu­cators, activists, elected officials, parents, and students have pushed the DOE to recognize ma...Continue Reading

Building Bridges Between Neighbors and Faiths on Staten Island

The following article by Ron Lajoie was published by Catholic New York on December 27, 2013. Photo Credit: Mary DiBiasie Blaich FOOD FOR FAITH—Teens from Our Lady of Good Counsel parish, Staten Island join with others from the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center to prepare stew for the homeless in the kitchen at the Islamic Center. Preparing the stew are, left to right: Teresa Wrobleski, 14, from Our Lady of Good Counsel; Rocio Uchofen and Mustafa Islami, cooks; Dr. Sarah Sayeed, of the Interfaith Center of New York; Father Liam Tomas O'Doherty, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel; and Ennis Jabara, 16, from the Islamic Cultural Center. Imam Ferid Bedrolli and Father O'Doherty speak...Continue Reading

Muslim and Catholic youth united on Staten Island to feed the homeless

The following article by Maura Grunlund was published by the Staten Island Advance on Christmas Day, 2013. Teens from the Albanian Islamic Cultural Center and Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church cooked for the homeless. (Ferid Bedrolli ) STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Building on the shared religious teachings of social justice and eschewing a worldwide trend of conflict, Muslim and Roman Catholic teens cooked together on a recent Sunday at the Staten Island Interfaith Stew for the Homeless in Tompkinsville. The Albanian Islamic Cultural Center and Imam Tahir Kukiqi hosted the event where  youth from their center and Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church stewed together to promote religious...Continue Reading

“Remembering Annie Rawlings: Interfaith Justice Seeker, Beloved Friend”

The following tribute - written by ICNY Executive Director, The Rev. Chloe Breyer - was published by The Huffington Post on Nov. 11, 2013.  The original article can be accessed here.    Interfaith work is community organizing work. While there is a place for finely worded doctrinal agreement about God, the real fruits of Interfaith work are measured in soup kitchens that honor multiple types of dietary constraints or City Hall marches that call on God in many names. Interfaith work involves phone calls, emails, tireless amounts of networking, and lots of ethnic food. Its promise is revealed in joint efforts by people of different religions to address common concerns. Annie Raw...Continue Reading

Pastor, bishop, nun among 10 arrested at NYC immigration reform rally

October 30th,2013 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

The following article by Erica Pearson was published by the New York Daily News on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 4:16 PM.  Photos by Barry Williams for New York Daily News.  The original article can be accessed here.     Pastor, bishop, nun among 10 arrested at NYC immigration reform rally Those detained during the Tuesday protest calling for congressional action have been charged with disorderly conduct. The activists rallied near the immigration facility in Manhattan at 201 Varick St. (Featured photo caption: A NYPD officer warns immigration reform activists they will be arrested for blocking W. Houston St. outside a federal immigration facility on Tuesday.) T...Continue Reading

Civil Discourse with the Religious Other

A Public Event Join us for an evening devoted to civil discourse as part of civic identity in America. The Center for Jewish-Christian-Muslim Understanding, in partnership with the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue, presents a panel discussion on the evening of Thursday Oct. 24, 2013, at the Greenburgh Hebrew Center, Dobbs Ferry. It’s not just a matter of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, but it is also how we identify as Americans. How can we strengthen the fabric of the religious identities that make up the great quilt of our democracy? Guest panelists include Prof. Mary Boys, Union Theological Seminary, Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky, Director,...Continue Reading

From the Brooklyn Daily Eagle: Interfaith Forum Will Focus On Value of Preserving Hope

The following article by Religion Editor Francesca Norsen Tate was published in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Oct. 9, 2013.  The original article can be accessed here. Interfaith Forum Will Focus On Value of Preserving Hope The Kane Street Synagogue joins with the Interfaith Center of New York to sponsor an inter-religious panel discussion later this month. Prominent Christian, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist teachers and community leaders will explore the spiritual outlooks and religious practices of their traditions as they work to preserve hope in an often overheated and violent world. They will examine the questions: “How do our diverse religious traditions understand hope? What are the...Continue Reading

Huffington Post article features ICNY’s Dr. Sarah Sayeed: “Meet 5 People Inspiring Peace”

September 11th,2013 ICNY Articles and Press about ICNY, Latest News

The following article by Engy Abdelkader was originally posted on The Huffington Post on September 10, 2013, at 6:22 pm.  Click here for the original article. Meet 5 People Inspiring Peace Peace has many faces. We often think of it as the desired goal when bringing warring parties to the bargaining table to negotiate a workable compromise. Yet, all around the country Americans can be found working to promote a culture of peace in much more subtle ways. This article features five of those people, and spotlights their efforts. Some are addressing prejudices, confronting stereotypes and impacting attitudes. Others are trying to create societies where youth can fully use their talents to ...Continue Reading