Community News v14-i10

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Community News v14-i10

Food joins Muslims, Jews together

SALT LAKE CITY, UT–An action which is worth emulating everywhere Salt Lake City Jews and Muslims came together over food at  Interfaith Roundtable at Congregation Kol Ami earlier this month.

The feast was part of a month-long event put on by the Salt Lake Interfaith Roundtable  to promote “love, harmony and understanding among all faith traditions.” More than 20 events will be held at places of worship throughout the valley to encourage increased religious understanding among the state’s many faiths.

The Jewish Congregation Kol Ami and the Islamic Society of Greater Salt Lake were the honored guests at the last event. The food, which was prepared in line with both Kosher and Halal dietary laws, was meant to symbolize the similarities between the two cultures and faiths.

U Rochester libraries facilitate Muslim prayers

ROCHESTER, NY–Even as controversies rage across the West over the proper place of religion in the public space the University of Rochester is facilitating prayers for its Muslim students by literally laying out the carpets. Libraries at the university now have rugs allowing Muslim students to pray. They were donated by the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA) and individual students.

“The goal of the libraries is to support students in their academic work,” Associate Dean of River Campus Libraries Katie Clark said. “That means not only providing books but also providing a space that is conducive to working. By making the rugs available and convenient, we hope we’ve created library space that is conducive to studying.”

Syeed-Miller becomes first Muslim speaker at La Sierra University

RIVERSIDE,CA– Najeeba Syeed-Miller became the first Muslim to deliver the  Paul J. Landa Memorial Lecture at the Adventist affiliated L Sierra University.

The lecture was entitled “The Promise and Challenge of Muslim-Christian Relations in the United States.”

Najeeba Syeed-Miller is a prolific practitioner and effective educator in the area of conflict resolution. Her involvements range widely, including conducting gang interventions, implementing diversity training in universities and public agencies, conflict resolution in public schools, interreligious dialogue among the Abrahamic traditions, and environmental conflict resolution.

Her conflict resolution experience has made her a sought after trainer for those who work on conflicts in India, Latin America, Guam, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine.

New Mosque comes up in Roswell

ROSWELL,GA– The Roswell Community Masjis inaugurated its new prayer facilities recently. Representatives from a host of businessess, community, faith, and political organizations attended the event showing widespread support to the Muslim community.

The mosque has larger prayer areas, a multi-purpose room for community events, library, media center and classrooms were all included in the remodel. Eventually, RCM would like to also install a full outdoor basketball court and children’s play area.

The masjid is home to local Muslim Boys and Girl Scouts troops and is well respected by neighboring non-Muslim institutions, due to its collaboration in social services and interfaith activities, according to the Roswell Patch.

pop-Eye wins top Health Development award

SAN FRANCISCO,CA– At the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference last week, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and Health 2.0 announced the top winner of the popHealth Tool Development Challenge: Team popEYE.

popEYE — the popHealth app to Engage Your patiEnts (popEYE) — submitted by Chintan Patel, Sharib Khan and Aamir Hussain — decreases the burden by which providers engage their patients. The application allows providers to create patient-engagement reminders for the popHealth measures — it automatically calls the patient cohort using the cloud-based phone service Twilio and delivers the reminder message set by the provider, effectively discontinuing the need for manual calls and letters and subsequently delivering call outcomes and patient responses to the providers.

Team  popEYE was awarded with $75,000.

Ayesha Khan comes third in Broward County Spelling Bee

MIAMI,FL–Ayesha Khan, a fifth grader, obtained third position in the elementary section of Miami Herald Broward County Spelling Bee.  She is a student Salah Tawfik Elementary and Middle School.


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