MYG interfaith project declared “2013 Faith-Based Organization of the Year” by Governor Jerry Brown
By: Soha Yassine
The office of Governor Jerry Brown declared our Muslim-Jewish leadership council. MAJIC (Muslims and Jews Inspiring Change) the 2013 “Faith-based organization of the year.” I have been invited to Sacramento to receive the award along with co-creator Rabbi Sarah Bassin.
Late 2011, the youth of the ICSC came to us asking for the chance to enact the religious values we have taught them with their peers from other faith communities. And we listened. Along with our Jewish friends, the Muslim Youth Group of the ICSC created the Muslim-Jewish leadership council, MAJIC: Muslims and Jews Inspiring Change.
In the summer of 2012, our council launched! The Youth Service Agency had also just named the Muslim-Jewish High School Leadership Council a lead agency for 2013′s Global Youth Service Day on April 28th, 2013. This prestigious title and grant are awarded to far reaching coalitions in the community to support youth-led service projects.
Over the course of nine months, the 16 Muslim and Jewish council members learned from organizational leaders how religious values inform their work in combating hunger, poverty and discrimination.
On April 28, our students held a city-wide awareness campaign about hunger and a carnival at Masjid Bilal Islamic Center. Over 600 people participated. This event was covered by KABC-7 news. The City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission awarded each student for cultivating interfaith understanding and coalition building between two communities that have faced challenges and difficulties in maintaining meaningful dialogue.