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Please note that the community event postings reflect the diverse rich fabric of our City’s interfaith community. Although this site is hosted by the San Francisco Interfaith Council, the views and nature of these events are solely those of the religious communities or organizations offering submissions and do not necessarily reflect the collective view of the SFIC. The SFIC reserves the right to reject requests-to-post from organizations and individuals other than the SFIC's San Francisco faith-based constituents and those events whose themes are unrelated to the religious life of our community. You can submit your own event by completing this form. Community Event submissions are subject to administrative approval.

April 2017

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Perspectives on World War II Japanese American Incarceration

Perspectives on World War II Japanese American Incarceration

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Event Address

Presidio Officer's Club
50 Moraga Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94129

​This panel dialogue marks the opening of the new special exhibition at the Presidio Officers’ Club, Exclusion: The Presidio’s Role in World War II Japanese American Incarceration.​ Exclusion is the latest special exhibition at the Presidio Officers' Club, a cultural institution showcasing the Presidio's role in shaping and serving the nation. Special exhibitions​​ explore the Presidio's heritage and allow for fresh perspectives and a deeper exploration of the topics and themes presented in the club's​ permanent exhibition. 

The military, the press, and the law were three institutions central to implementing, understanding, and challenging World War II Japanese American incarceration. Explore these perspectives with Dr. Stephen Payne, Command Historian at the Presidio of Monterey’s Defense Language Institute and Foreign Language Center; Richard Reeves, author of Infamy: The Shocking Story of Japanese American Internment in World War II, journalist, and senior lecturer at University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication; Don Tamaki, San Francisco civil rights attorney who served on the legal team that reopened the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case of Fred Korematsu, vacating his conviction for refusing to be incarcerated during World War II; and moderator, Jana Katsuyama, news reporter for KTVU FOX2 News.​​

In developing the Exclusion exhibition and its related public and school programming, the Presidio Trust staff collaborated with the Fred T. Korematsu Institute and the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS).

Phone Number

415-561-4400

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A Time to Break Silence: Resisting Islamophobia in Trump Era

A Time to Break Silence: Resisting Islamophobia in Trump Era

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Event Address

University of San Francisco
660 Parker Avenue
Fromm Hall - Maraschi Room
San Francisco, CA 94118

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  Dr. Clarence Jones 
Dr. Clarence Jones

Inaugural Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor
Dr. Suzanne Barakat 
Dr. Suzanne Barakat

Physician
 

 

  Mohammed Bilal 
Mohammed Bilal

Spoken Word Artist
Zahra Noorbakhsh 
Zahra Noorbakhsh

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A Time to Break Silence: Resisting Islamophobia in the Trump Era
Tuesday, April 4  |  11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
University of San Francisco, Fromm Hall - Maraschi Room 

The rise of Islamophobia, anti-Muslim discrimination, and related hate crimes is a crisis none of us can ignore. But how can we engage in resistance within this climate of fear and uncertainty? Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to join us for a daylong symposium aimed at educating and equipping all of us with effective tools for civic engagement. The event ​is inspired by ​the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s historic speech “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence.” ​The interactive workshops​ ​explicitly connect ​the rise of Islamophobia with the increase in other forms of hate and discrimination against marginalized communities. Keynote address by USF Inaugural Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor Clarence Jones and San Francisco physician Suzanne Barakat will vividly illustrate the tragic consequences of silence and the necessity of coalition-building to various forms of resistance. 

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USF Lecture Series in the History of Jewish/Christian Relations
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Interfaith Book Discussion

Interfaith Book Discussion

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Event Date(s)

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Apr 05 2017.

Event Address

First United Lutheran Church
2097 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

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INTERFAITH BOOK DISCUSSION

The discussion group will meet at First United Lutheran Church for the Lenten season and a study of The INTRAfaith Conversation: How Do Christians Talk Among Ourselves About INTERfaith Matters? with Pastor and Author Susan Strouse.

Please join us as we gather for food, fellowship, and thoughtful discussion during this season of Lent. Each session will begin with a simple meal of soup, salad, bread and prayer. For our discussion time, we’ll talk about a part of the book assigned for that week.

  • March 8 Part I “Why The Intrafaith Conversation Is Necessary”
  • March 15 Part II “The Next Big Issue”
  • March 22 Part III “Faces Of God”
  • March 29 Part IV “Pluralism”
  • April 5 Part V “The Mystic Heart”

The book is available through amazon.com. Don’t worry if you can’t read the whole section each week. Pick a chapter that looks interesting and focus on that. Pay particular attention to the reflection questions at the end of the chapter.

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Phone Number

415-359-1025

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Walk to Work Day

Walk to Work Day

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Celebrating Walking in San Francisco!

Each April, Walk San Francisco hosts Walk to Work Day, a fun and festive day of encouragement celebrating the most healthy, sustainable form of transportation: walking. People who live and/or work in San Francisco are encouraged to walk just 15 minutes of their daily commute (whether traveling to work, school, church, temple, or shops).

Walking 15 Minutes Counts!

Join Walk SF, San Francisco District Supervisors, along with city leaders of the Police Department, Fire Department and District Attorney’s Office, and the heads of city agencies including the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Public Works, the Department of the Environment, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, and thousands of San Franciscans to celebrate Walk to Work Day at one of the ‘Hubs’ on April 6.

Walk to Work Day is the perfect time to see how easy, fun, and energizing it can be to integrate walking into your daily life. If you (or your company), is interested in promoting the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and helping your entire team get energized by enjoying more of their everyday travels on foot, receive all the resources you need for a great Walk to Work Day.

Earn bragging rights by winning the Golden Millipede Award, given to the workplace with the most commuters walking on Walk to Work Day!

Have each member of your team who walks, tally results here.

Phone Number

415-431-9255

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The JCCSF’s Art of Aging Gracefully Resource Fair

The JCCSF’s Art of Aging Gracefully Resource Fair

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Event Address

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Make it a day of discovery. Engage with local businesses and organizations and enjoy valuable resources to help you stay healthy and energized, including:

• Presentations from local medical professionals on healthy living.
• Insights, opportunities and challenges to support active, creative aging.
• Free classes, yoga, meditation and much more. 

Stay for the day or attend select sessions! Advance registration is highly recommended. To register, call 415.292.1200. Visit jccsf.org/aginggracefully for more details.

Phone Number

415.292.1200

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Down/Out in New Economy: How People Find/Don’t Find Work Today

Down/Out in New Economy: How People Find/Don’t Find Work Today

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Event Address

San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Ilana Gershon Book Talk: Down and Out in the New Economy, How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today

Come hear from Ilana at the San Francisco Public Library for some insights on what it means to consider yourself a business and lessons you can apply to your job search.

This event is hosted by the San Francisco Public Library and JVS (Jewish Vocational Service).

Learn more about JVS and the San Francisco Public Library.

Ilana Gershon is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University. She is interested in how new media affects highly charged social tasks, such as breaking up or hiring in the United States. She has written The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media and most recently Down and Out in the New Economy. She has been a fellow at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and Notre Dame's Institute for Advanced Study.

Phone Number

415-782-6264

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April Community Breakfast: Jewish-Muslim Dialogue

April Community Breakfast: Jewish-Muslim Dialogue

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Event Address

Pacifica Institute East Bay
979 San Pablo Avenue
2nd Floor
Albany, CA 94706

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April Community Breakfast

Jewish-Muslim Dialogue: Learning from the Incarceration of Japanese-Americans in WWII

Pacifica Institute East Bay
979 San Pablo Ave. 2nd Floor Albany 94706
Sunday, April 9th
10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Please RSVP here.

You are cordially invited to community breakfast/brunch at Pacifica Institute, Albany branch. The program starts with breakfast and will be followed by lively table discussions on various subjects. 

Join Pacifica Institute/East Bay and Temple Sinai for a Community Brunch as we learn from the shameful incarceration of Japanese Americans and plan joint actions to avoid mistakes of the past. Special guest will be Karen Korematsu, daughter of Fred Korematsu, the civil rights legend who fought Executive Order 9066.

This event is open to public and free.

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Faith-Based/Community Organizations - Disaster Prep Webinar

Faith-Based/Community Organizations - Disaster Prep Webinar

Friends, 

In coordination with interagency partners, the DHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established a website for faith-based organizations that serves as a “one-stop shop” for information on available Federal tools, resources, and assistance on protecting houses of worship: www.fema.gov/protecting-houses-worship.This webpage now includes a new "At-a-Glance Guide for Protecting Faith-Based Venues" section.

We also invite you to join and/or receive a recording of a webinar taking place on 4/12/2017 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT. This webinar is a collaboration with FEMA Emergency Management Institute's Higher Education Program; Wheaton College Humanitarian Disaster Institute and University of Southern California Center for Religion and Civic Culture. The topic of the webinar will cover an "academic perspective on increasing engagement with faith-based and community organizations in disaster preparedness."

For those participating in religious observances on April 12, 2017, or unable to make the webinar due to other conflicts in schedule, we have ensured the webinar will be recorded and disseminated to all webinar registrants. Please register for the webinar and you will receive a recording of the webinar, a copy of the presentations and contact information for all speakers and presenters.

Sincere Regards,

DHS Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships

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SFIC April Monthly Breakfast
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Mastering the Fund Development Process - Part I

Mastering the Fund Development Process - Part I

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Event Address

OCCUR
360 14th Street
Grand Conference Room
Oakland, CA 94612

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April 13, 2017
Workshop

Mastering the Fund Development Process – Part I
Presenter: Kim Klein, Klein & Roth Consulting

 
This class is designed to help nonprofit leaders who have participated in Kim Klein’s basic major donor development class to take their knowledge and skills to the next level. In Part I of this hands-on training, Klein, a nationally known fund development expert, presents participants with the unique opportunity to learn advanced strategies to create their own fund development plan.  In Part II of this training, presented on June 1, Klein will give participants feedback on the plan they’ve developed along with her recommendations for achieving greater impact.
 
In Mastering the Fund Development Process, participants will learn:

  • How to develop grassroots funding strategies for the long-haul
  • How to identify and develop the organization’s untapped base of financial supporters
  • How to create pots of money through individual donor research and other approaches
  • How to create and manage the organizations’ Fund Development Plan

Priority will be given to individuals who attended last year's workshop
"Secrets to Building Multiple Income Streams" on Feb.25, 2016.  

Please note:  
We will be hosting this workshop at OCCUR in the
Grand Conference Room at 360 14th St, Oakland Ca 94612  
Doors open for check in at: 8:30am
Workshop will begin at: 9:00am - Noon

Phone Number

510-839-2440

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Interfaith Speakers Bureau Training

Interfaith Speakers Bureau Training

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Event Address

Islamic Networks Group
3031 Tisch Way
San Jose, CA 95128

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Join Islamic Networks Group on Thursday, April 13th for dinner and to learn more about the Interfaith Speakers Bureau!

The Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) is an ING program that promotes religious literacy and mutual respect among all faiths. Modeled after the Islamic Speakers Bureau, the Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) organizes panels consisting of two or more representatives from the five major religious groups speaking on a variety of topics to schools, colleges, universities, and other venues. ING continuously recruits volunteer speakers to join the Interfaith Speakers Bureau (IFSB) which operates in eight San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.

The Interfaith Speakers Bureau currently includes representatives of the Islamic, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, and Hindu religions. In addition to sharing a brief overview of their respective faiths, ING Interfaith speakers are trained to speak on a variety of contemporary topics, including “Living the Faith in the SF Bay Area,” “Shared Values Between Faiths,” and Contemporary Issues such as “Pluralism” and the “Separation of Church and State.” Additionally, the Jewish-Muslim panel addresses common issues related to living as religious minorities in the United States.

ING speakers in the Interfaith Speakers Bureau program are certified after a process of professional development, testing, and observation in a live setting by veteran speakers, who collectively have more than 50 years of experience in public speaking.  ING speakers adhere to the highest level of academic neutrality and objectivity when teaching about religion, as outlined in ING and the First Amendment Center.

Sign up here! https://ing.org/events/ifsb-spring-training/ 

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"Soup for the Soul" - Free Soup Third Sunday of the Month

"Soup for the Soul" - Free Soup Third Sunday of the Month

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Event Date(s)

Repeats every month on the third Sunday until Sun Dec 31 2017.
Sunday, May 21, 2017 -
8:30am to 10:00am
Sunday, June 18, 2017 -
8:30am to 10:00am
Sunday, July 16, 2017 -
8:30am to 10:00am
Sunday, August 20, 2017 -
8:30am to 10:00am
Sunday, September 17, 2017 -
8:30am to 10:00am

Event Address

First A.M.E. Zion Church
2159 Golden Gate Avenue
(Between Masonic and Central Ave.)
San Francisco, CA 94118

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Phone Number

415-931-7479

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Community Kitchen at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Community Kitchen at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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Event Date(s)

Repeats every month on March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December on the third Tuesday until Tue Dec 19 2017.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, August 15, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 -
5:00pm to 9:00pm

Event Address

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
245 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

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Community Kitchen at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The Community Kitchen, which began under the name Soup Kitchen, operates the third Tuesday of every month. The volunteer work involves food prep, cooking, hall setup, serving the meal and---so important!—cleanup. We also have a food pantry, so a few awesome volunteers come early to bag up canned/non-perishable goods for our guests to take with them. Some volunteers arrive earlier, but the typical timeframe is 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Won’t you consider volunteering once in a while? All you have to do is show up. By the way, there’s no age limit. We have teenagers volunteering and we have people “forever young” volunteering. Just look at the collage at the beginning of this Herald. Tots and teens. Seniors and all. Everyone turned out to make our Christmas Community Kitchen a true family event. How wonderful it would be for every month’s Community Kitchen to be like this. We prayed and we sang. We ate and we connected. Guests and hosts alike. We thought, what if the entire world took notice and tried a little bit of outreach: the world would become a better place. How about it. It would be truly wonderful to expand our volunteer base, so we can do more. Please communicate your willingness to Father Stephen, fatherstephen@annunciation.org. He will put you in touch to those who’ve taken the lead and are coordinating this important ministry. Thank you.

Phone Number

415-864-8000
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Third Wednesday Organ Meditation
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Immigration Now: What You Need to Know, What You Need to Do

Immigration Now: What You Need to Know, What You Need to Do

Event Details

Event Address

Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street
Gresham Hall
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone Number

415-749-6300

About this Event

Immigration Now: What You Need to Know, What You Need to Do

Join us for a workshop on immigration where experts deeply immersed in the issues will help us navigate current policies on immigration and discover the concrete, practical ways that we can help people caught up in them.

Professor Bill Ong Hing, Professor Heidi Ho and the Rev. Deborah Lee will discuss the latest developments on immigration and introduce people from the community struggling under the new climate who will share their immigration stories.

Hing serves on the faculty at the University of San Francisco (USF) School of Law and is Director of the Immigration and Deportation Defense Clinic. Ho is also faculty at the USF School of Law and assistant director of the Academic Support Program (and wife of Grace Cathedral Dean Malcolm Clemens Young). Lee is Senior Program Director of Immigration with the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.

“Immigration Now” is being presented in partnership by Grace Cathedral, Calvary Presbyterian Church, Congregation Emanu-El, Congregation Sherith Israel, Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, the Pacifica Institute, the San Francisco Interfaith Council and the University of San Francisco School of Law.

If immigration policies and practices, what America stands for and human dignity matter to you, please join us. Please register if you plan to attend

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"Battle for Syria" at The Commonwealth Club
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FREE Citizenship Workshop
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Middle East Forum Discussion: Defusing Hatred Project

Middle East Forum Discussion: Defusing Hatred Project

Event Details

Event Date(s)

Monday, April 24, 2017 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

Event Address

The Commonwealth Club
555 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Middle East Forum Discussion

Mon, Apr 24 2017 - 5:30pm

Will McGarvey, Executive Director, Contra Costa Interfaith Council 

This month's topic: the Defusing Hatred project

The Middle East Forum discussion group—which primarily covers the Middle East, North Africa and Afghanistan— has been meeting monthly for nine years. We are not a debate group. Each month we discuss timely, cultural subjects in a civil atmosphere with respect for others and their opinions. Students are particularly welcome.

Location: 555 Post St., San Francisco
Time: 5:30 p.m. program 
MLF: Middle East
Program organizer: Celia Menczel

Phone Number

415-597-6700

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Gather Together, Sing Together

Gather Together, Sing Together

Event Details

Event Date(s)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 -
5:30pm to 6:30pm

Event Address

First Presbyterian Church, Sanctuary
1510 Fifth Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901

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This new political era is giving rise to energetic grassroots responses. But how will we remain energized and motivated?

Join us for "Gather Together - Sing Together". 

Guest musicians, including Gareth Loy and Cindy Acker, will lead singing. Interfaith speakers will offer
hope and timeless insight. 

This month's topic is "Love Lives in Marin," which is a new initiative to address hate speech/actions. 

Speakers include: 

Rev. Kate Clayton, San Geronimo Community 
Presbyterian Church

Rabbi Susan Leider, Congregation Kol Shofar 

Cost: Donation to MIC at the door.

No RSVP necessary. Come one, come all!

Phone Number

415-456-6957

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Letters from the Camps: Voices of Dissent

Letters from the Camps: Voices of Dissent

Event Details

Event Date(s)

Thursday, April 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Address

Presidio Officer's Club
50 Moraga Avenue
Moraga Hall
San Francisco, CA 94129

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Letters from the Camps: Voices of Dissent

This California Historical Society Public Program will be held at the Presidio Officer's Club, Moraga Hall, 50 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94129

Using original letters from the internment camps of WWII, now preserved at California Historical Society, this interdisciplinary presentation focuses on Japanese Americans who spoke out during and after internment.

Contemporary descendants, writers, historians, activists, and performers will read from the letters and share their responses, including: Stan Yogi author of Wherever There's a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California and Fred Korematsu Speaks Up, John Crew of the ACLU, and Bonnie Akimoto, most recently in the play Beneath the Tall Tree at TheatreFirst in Berkeley. Additional readers to be confirmed soon.

In Partnership with the Presidio Trust and Friends of Topaz

Photo courtesy of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute

Phone Number

415-357-1848

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Trump and the Middle East

Trump and the Middle East

Event Details

Event Date(s)

Friday, April 28, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Event Address

The Commonwealth Club
555 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Trump and the Middle East

Fri, Apr 28 2017 - 12:00pm

Alon Sachar, Middle East Peace Advisor; Co-author, A Path to Peace
Eddy Simonian, Master's in International Studies
Maher Kalaji, Ph.D. in Chemistry
Banafsheh Keynoush, Ph.D., Middle East Scholar; Author, Saudi Arabia and Iran: Friends or Foes—Moderator

A distinguished panel will discuss their perspectives on Donald Trump's presidency as well as policies and actions which may lead to peace or further conflict in the region. Alon Sachar has worked to advance Middle East peace under two U.S. administrations and cowrote A Path to Peace (with Senator George Mitchell). Maher Kalaji is a frequent contributor to our Middle East forum, and Eddy Simonian, an Assyrian Christian, wrote his master's thesis on Lebanon's sectarian conflict. Along with moderator Banafsheh Keynoush, the three panelists will present their perspectives on the potential effects of Trump’s words and actions in the Middle East.

Location: 555 Post St., San Francisco
Time: 11:30 a.m. check-in, noon program
MLF: Middle East
Program organizer: Celia Menczel

Phone Number

415-597-6700

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"Together We Sing" with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

"Together We Sing" with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir

Event Details

Event Date(s)

Saturday, April 29, 2017 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm

Event Address

Oakland Convention Center
550 10th Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Email

"Together We Sing" is the finale concert for the first ever International Interfaith Gospel Music Conference, presented by the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir. This concert is free to the public and will feature the premiere of a new work by legendary gospel composer, Edwin Hawkins whose song "Oh, Happy Day" shaped the sound of contemporary and popular gospel music. Relish in the joyful noise of the Oakland Interfaith Gospel and Community choirs under the direction of Terrance Kelly, as well as visiting choirs from France, Denmark, Canada, Kenya, and the Conference Mass choir of over 350 voices. Guest soloists Calvin B. Rhone and Ashling "Biscuit" Cole will sing from the bottom of their souls and, together with the many choir voices, are sure to bring an experience like none other. 

Phone Number

510-839-4361

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