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CUAH Youth Engagement and Leadership Project Dec 10 (CAIF Rep(s) Needed!)

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on December 7, 2017 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Please join CUAH, MCEA, MCCPTA and the MC Regional SGA on Sunday, December 10th at 4 pm, at MCEA, 12 Taft Court, Rockville, for a kickoff meeting to organize the CUAH Youth Engagement and Leadership Project (YELP).

Through YELP, we are recognizing that schools are critical points of entry for combatting bigotry and discrimination, promoting inclusiveness and equal opportunity, and building cultures of dignity. Student-led peer advocacy, support and education programs are important ways through which we can address the dramatic increase in bias incidents and harassment in our local schools. YELP will identify and provide concrete financial, mentoring, and community support for students who have developed or are developing projects designed to address these challenges.

Our initial objectives for YELP are:

· Identify students who are are developing or expanding projects designed to address discrimination and hate, promote inclusiveness and equal opportunities, and build cultures of dignity in their schools and communities;

· Provide grants of $500 - $1,000 to kickstart and support these student-led projects;

· Assign adult mentors to assist students in developing or expanding these projects;

· Assign experienced student organizers to serve as mentors to students organizing these projects;

· Organize an annual social change conference that:

o Provides student leaders with opportunities to showcase their projects and recruit volunteer or other community support;

o Recognizes students leading particularly effective projects with awards and opportunities to present their projects and results to a large audience;

· Build community awareness of youth-led efforts through social media and other communication and media platforms; and

· Create pathways for youth to engage with elected officials, local leaders and other policy makers.

We welcome your input/feedback on the concept for YELP and its objectives, and your involvement as charter founders of this project. Please let us know whether you or a representative from your organization will be able to join us on December 10th. Thank you!


Making Sandwiches for Martha's Table, CAIF Planning Meeting

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on October 28, 2017 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

CAIF met for the yearly planning and leadership election. Agenda included making sandwiches for Martha's Table (153 delivered), collecting food for a Thanksgiving Basket for a family at NCCF, planning for 2017-2018, leadership election including new middle school cohort of leaders, watching the moving film Walking In Oak Creek about the terrible shooting at the Sikh Gurdwara and how the Sikh community and broader Oak Creek community supported each other during this terrible ordeal, reinforcing love and forgiveness and community and deepening ties between everyone. CAIF member Zayd Ali told us about his new "soccer diplomacy" using soccer to connect refugee children to the community. He will be organizing volunteers for playiing soccer with kids during a job fair for newly relocated refugee parents. CAIF will provide some volunteers!  Ideas for this year include: continuing to serve the hungry and homeless through Washignton Hebrew Congregation food packing, serving at Calvary Women's Shelter, DC protests including DC march against white supremacy in December, animal shelter, undraising through card making, bake sales for Puerto Rico and other natural disasters. Holidays CAIF would liket to celebrate in the next year  include Day of the Dead, Holi (Hindu), Chinese New Year and an interfaith gathering for Thanksgiving. Next events: Soccer with Refugee Kids Nov 12, March Against White Supremacy Dec 3. Daniel and Nicholas will continue as leaders this year and 4 middle school youth (Julia, Emily, Leah, Asia) will provide a Middle School leadership team. All members were asked to do outreach to invite friends to check out CAIF. 

Raising funds for Puerto Rico

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on September 30, 2017 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

CAIF Members and their friends, Julia, Anjali, Annika, Emily, Tanushree, Asia, Leah, Juliana, Erin, and Becca, made cards to raise funds for those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. They raised over $1000  for United for Puerto Rico and Hispanic Federation Unidos with cards as thank you gifts and 100% of proceeds go to direct relief. 

Making Peace Benches for DC

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on September 24, 2017 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

CAIF worked at Washington Hebrew Congregation with their youth and Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center youth making peace benches. Rabbi Lustig talked to the kids about God being present when 2 people are face to face and he is in discussions with the DC Mayor to place these around DC in hopes they will inspire people to come together and talk face to face. The goal is for these three youth groups with youth in 7th and 8th grade to do several service projects together yearly through High School to forge a growing relationship. 

Annika: "First off, I thought it was really cool just to make the benches, and I also learned how to use power tools! It was awesome working together with people from different backgrounds, because you just ended up learning so much about them. I loved painting the benches because it was an opportunity to use my creativity and get messy at the same time. Its a project I would love to do again!”

Julia: "It was really fun to get together with people my age face to face to build and paint a peace bench together".

See our Photos page for an album of pix and to see the finished benches

CAIF Attends the Unity Walk

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on September 10, 2017 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)

CAIF has long attended the annual Unity Walk. It is always inspiring.  "On Sunday we went to the Unity Walk, and were in fact fortunate to have a table at the service fair. The walk was an excellent display in unity and togetherness, something our country needs especially right now. During the opening ceremony, we heard a Zoroastrian prayer and some great musical displays. After going on the walk and visiting all sorts of houses of worship, it really gave me hope for the future, since as long as events like this exist, the spirit of tolerance in this country can be kept alive." -Nick . #KnowYourNeighbor .  For more pictures, see the photo album on our website.  For an interesting article about hte walk, see this link:


Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on September 4, 2017 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

CAIF brought baked goods and helped sell them in downtown Bethesda at the KindWorks bake sale to benefit Houston :Flooding relief. Nearly  $700 was raised! 

Setting up a Refugee Apartment with KindWorks

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on June 30, 2017 at 6:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Yesterday we got the unique chance to set up an apartment for a refugee family from Afghanistan. We started by moving furniture from one apartment that had been set up for a family from the Congo (who'd been having trouble getting into the country) and moving it to the second apartment for the Afghan family. We tried to make everything feel as "at home" as possible for them, with a lot of attention paid to the kids' room, which we stocked with toys, stuffed animals, and fun books perfect for kids new to America learning english. After a lot of lifting and rearranging we were finally ready for them, and it was very rewarding to see our work pay off as they looked through their new home since they happened to arrive just as we were finishing up. -Nick . More pictures here.

Iftar and Movie Night

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on June 17, 2017 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Yesterday evening we were lucky enough to attend a Ramadan Iftar and private screening of Unity Productions Foundations' The Sultan and the Saint at Alex Kronemer and Luby Ismail's home. The movie is about the meeting of Saint Francis of Assissi and Sultan Al-Kamil of Egypt, which helped deescalate the crusades. Their story is one of compassion and understanding across faiths at a contentious time, and it is one we can especially learn from today. Afterwards, we ate dinner with Alex and Luby as they broke the fast and discussed over dinner our thoughts on the movie. After dinner, Luby gave an excellent talk about our desire to belong, "Longing for Belonging". Here is a link to a previously recorded version of Luby's talk.

Food packing for the Hungry

Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on June 4, 2017 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

CAIF hosted a food packing for the hungry in Mo. Co. With kids of all faiths at Washington Hebrew Congregation's amazing Hunger Helpers Program and along with Sikh Kid2Kid and Youth Circle we packed 17,000 meals helping their program over the 750,000 program meals mark!


Posted by CapitolAreaInterfaithFriends1 on May 19, 2017 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (1)

CAIF attended Holi and Learned about Mantra Meditation. It was a beautiful day with laughter and people asking if they could put colors on you and we all came away looking like human tie dye! From "Holi festival has an ancient origin and celebrates the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. The colorful festival bridges the social gap and renew sweet relationships. On this day, people hug and wish each other 'Happy Holi'."