NewGround Awarded Inter-Faith Leadership Award

May 11, 2010

On May 6th, 2010, 300 community leaders and activists gathered at the Valley Interfaith Council's annual awards dinner - where NewGround, launched our Muslim-Jewish fellowship program with the Progressive Jewish Alliance. Respected for their great work in the community, VIC audience members included a whole range of Los Angeles City Council members, interfaith leaders, and congressional staffers.

Co-directors Malka Fenyvesi (PJA) and Aziza Hasan (MPAC) were introduced by the NewGround seed funder Suzie Marks.

Rather than allow the skepticism of others defeat them, MPAC and PJA proceeded with their program, and celebrated their success at the awards dinner. The evening was a strong testament to the power of community and the importance of working together. Other recipients included Councilmember Greig Smith, Operation Gratitude, and James A. Thomas.

The Valley Interfaith Council supports critical services in the San Fernando Valley, including the delivery of 150,000 meals a year to home-bound individuals; three multi-purpose senior centers, eleven nutrition sites and in-home care assistance for seniors; working with victims of stroke and other illnesses and impairments at four adult day care centers; and free "Handyworker" service to help low income seniors and disabled persons make their homes more accessible.

- Aziza Hasan (
Co-Director of NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change

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