Category: "Articles and Appearances by ICNY staff"

ICNY honored with CAIR-NY’s Partners in Justice Award

On April 20, 2013, at CAIR-NY's "Upholding our Constitution Award Dinner," The Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) was presented with CAIR's Partners in Justice Award, which honors organizations that display a commitment to peace & community building that improves the lives of all New Yorkers. Presenting the award were CAIR-NY Board Member Zead Ramadan (pictured, left) and CAIR-NY Board Chair Ryan Mahoney (second from right).                   The full transcript of Reverend Breyer's acceptance of the award is reproduced below.  A brief video clip of Rev. Breyer's speech was taken by her daughter Clara: Also on hand to receive the awar...Continue Reading

ICNY’s executive director interviewed for BBC Radio 4 on Egeria, a 4th-century nun and her pilgrimage to the Holy Land

BBC Radio 4's weekly program "Sunday" features the religious and ethical news of the week, regularly presented by Edward Stourton. In this segment recorded for the Easter 2013 program, ICNY's executive director, the Reverend Chloe Breyer, talks about Egeria, a Galician nun whose written accounts of her pilgrimage to the Holy Land about 381–384 may be the first formal writing by a woman in Western European Culture. ...Continue Reading

At Tenafly church, interfaith panel discuss women’s role in religion

Thursday, April 18, 2013 BY  PAIGE LESKIN CORRESPONDENT Northern Valley Suburbanite TENAFLY — Religious leaders and community members attended an interfaith forum on Sunday to discuss women's role in religion. The program at the Church of Atonement in Tenafly was the first such event the Interfaith Women's Initiative has organized in Bergen County. The New York-based group plans to hold similar events in the future. The goal for the meeting was to bring people of Abrahamic faiths together to learn about each other, interfaith member Shakeen Ahmed said. "We are here to address women's issues, to see how our faiths have different limitations and how much they're willing to com...Continue Reading


NEW YORK STATE INTERFAITH NETWORK FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contacts:  Diane Steinman,; O: 718-544-7289; cell: 917-685-1381; Faiza Ali,, 718-724-3041; Josefa Castro,; o: 718-726-9790, cell: 646- 299-1414; Minister Patricia Malcolm, 917-595-8908 New York City (Friday, April 5, 2013) RELIGIOUS AND CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS, IMMIGRANTS AND KEY IMMIGRANT ADVOCATE CALL FOR JUST AND HUMANE COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM Photo: left to right:  Rabbi Michael Feinberg - Greater NY Labor-Religion, Faiza Ali – Arab American Association of NY, Minister Patricia Malcolm – Churches United to Save and H...Continue Reading


NEW YORK STATE INTERFAITH NETWORK FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM Co-Chairs: Josefa Castro, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queen; Minister Patricia Malcolm, CUSH Director: Dr. Diane Steinman PRESS CONTACTS: Diane Steinman,; 718-544-7289 Josefa Castro.; 718-726- 9790 ext 8059 (Spanish) Minister Patricia Malcolm,; 917-595-8908 Faiza Ali,; 718-724-3041 Media Advisory WHAT: As the Senate “Gang of 8” completes work on a Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill (CIR), diverse religious leaders, joined by Congressional leaders, immigrant victims of our broken immigration system and a key immigration refor...Continue Reading

Interfaith Women’s Initiative: “Women of Faith in the Modern World”

Date: Sunday, April 14 Time: 3:30 pm Location: The Church of the Atonement (Episcopal), 97 Highwood Avenue, Tenafly (street parking) “What is the role of modern women in my religion?” is the question to be answered by: Dr. Sarah Sayeed (Muslim), Rabbi Rebecca W. Sirbu (Jewish), Prof. Kathleen G. Elkins (Christian). Presentations. Questions and answers. Food and conversation. Men and women, young and old, all are very welcome. Free. For more information, call: (201) 568-4604 or (201) 575-2382. For directions go to: or call (201) 568-1763....Continue Reading

VIDEO: ICNY’s Dr. Sarah Sayeed speaks on the role of interfaith dialogue in the empowerment of women, at recent panel discussion

On Tuesday, Feb. 12, ICNY's Dr. Sarah Sayeed (pictured, center)  took part in a panel discussion on the Occasion of World Interfaith Harmony Week entitled: "The Role of Interfaith Dialogue in Peace Building and Women Empowerment." The panel aimed to raise awareness on empowering women and discuss multiple perspectives, implications and misconceptions on girls’ education based on religions, traditions, and customs.  Speakers included Dr. Sayeed, ICNY Program and Communications Associate; Nobel Peace Prize recipient Tawwakul Karman; Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General of Religions for Peace; Joyce S. Dubensky, CEO of Tanenbaum; Dr. Alp Aslandogan, President of the Alliance for Shared ...Continue Reading

From the Queens Chronicle: Sunando Sen’s friends, Muslim community speak out against hate crimes

Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 2:44 pm, Thu Jan 10, 2013. by Josey Bartlett, Editor Individuals gathered in Jackson Heights on Tuesday afternoon to mourn victims of recent hate crimes and to call on the Police Department and elected officials to change policies that they say target Muslims. Supporters attended the rally with signs saying “Stop violence against women,” “Stop normalizing racism and violence,” and “NYPD and MTA, racial profiling and hateful ads have consequences.” Councilmen Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) spoke against anti-Muslim crimes and relayed anecdotes about their personal fight for lesbian, gay...Continue Reading

Video: Jackson Heights Vigil Against Race and Gender Violence, Jan. 8 2013

ICNY executive director, the Rev. Chloe Breyer, spoke at the January 8, 2013 vigil in Jackson Heights on growing incidents of violence targeting Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities with representatives from CAIR-NY, DRUM, City Council Member Danny Dromm, & The Hindu Temple Society of North America.        ...Continue Reading

“They may be legal but they’re not moral” – ICNY Executive Director comments on subway ads in New York Daily News

Controversial American Freedom Defense Initiative paid $77,000 to quote Koran with flaming Twin Towers By Pete Donohue / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Tuesday, January 8, 2013, 6:43 PM Hundreds of potentially inflammatory advertisements linking Islam to terrorism have gone up in the subway — the biggest series of its kind to date. The ads depict an image of the Twin Towers in flames with a quote, attributed to the Koran, “Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.” The pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative paid $77,000 for the message to be placed on 240 clocks throughout the subway system. The MTA last year rejected a similarly provocative advertisemen...Continue Reading