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The Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative Faith Calendar

Compiled by Susan Orovitz

ISJC Mission Statement: To network and collaborate as we work to serve and promote systemic change for the common good; to educate and inspire one another to positive actions; to model interfaith cooperation; and to break down barriers as we work together for justice, right relationships, an end to violence and care for the earth.

Saturday, February 4 • 1 p.m.
Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative (ISJC) monthly meeting at Little Leaf Tea, 6011 N. Palm Ave. You need not RSVP. Just come if you’d like to meet others engaged in faith-inspired social and environmental justice work. Our new meeting format enables individuals of different faith traditions to meet and exchange ideas, share event flyers and support each other’s efforts to create a healthier, more loving and compassionate world. It will be an informal meeting. Little Leaf Tea (www.littleleaftea.com) is an independently owned small business.

Wednesday, February 8 • Noon & 7 p.m.
Israel vs. Israel will be shown at noon at the Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., and at 7 p.m. at the College Community Congregational Church, 5550 N. Fresno St. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Free and open to the public. Wheelchair accessible. The filmmaker, Terje Carlsson, will be present at both showings. Carlsson is a freelance journalist. Israel vs. Israel is a documentary about Jewish peace activists who face skepticism and criticism from their fellow Israeli citizens. For more info about the film, visit www.israelvisraelmoveie.com.

Friday–Sunday, February 10–12
Fresno Interfaith Scholar Weekend: “Saving Paradise in This World.” The Interfaith Scholar for 2012 will be Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, founding director of Faith Voices for the Common Good. The events on Friday and Sunday are free. Advance registration for Saturday’s lectures is $40 and includes two meals. Registration for students is $10. For more info, visit www.interfaithscholar.org.

Friday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.: Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, lecture by Dr. Brock

Saturday, Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.: Temple Beth Israel

Sunday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.: First Congregational Church, worship with a talk by Dr. Brock

Friday, February 17 • 5:30 p.m.
Cineculture presents Between Two Worlds at the Peter’s Education Center Auditorium at CSUF. Discussants: Filmmakers Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman. Between Two Worlds is a personal essay film telling five riveting stories that go beyond political postures to reveal the passionate debates over identity and generational change inside today’s American Jewish community. Snitow and Kaufman take us on a uniquely personal road trip that reframes intensely polarized debates over tradition and change, loyalty and dissent inside one American ethnic community. For more info, visit http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/.

Sunday, February 19 • 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Multifaith Exchange meets at Temple Beth Israel, 6622 N. Maroa Ave. Topic: Judaism. For more info, visit http://fresnomultifaithexchange.org/.

Saturday, February 25 • 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
A fund-raising event to benefit the programs of the Islamic Cultural Center. Keynote speaker: Suehaila Amen, a star of the All-American Muslim TV show on TLC. Tickets are $25. Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno, 2111 E. Nees Ave.

Death Penalty Campaign Needs Help: Simone Whalen-Rhodes is looking for houses of worship that would allow her to gather signatures for this campaign. She is working with the ACLU on a SAFE California campaign to end the death penalty in California. Contact her at 559-978-4504 or swhalenr79@gmail.com.

Faith Resources

Interfaith Alliance of Central California: To receive monthly e-mails, contact IACC secretary Janette Freeman at revnette@gmail.com.

Interfaith Social Justice Collaborative: Click “Like” on this Facebook page to receive updates.

Interfaith Youth Alliance: Visit www.ifya-net.org.

Mental Health America-Central Valley: Visit www.mha-cv.org/ (info for clergy and faith leaders).

Multifaith Exchange: Visit http://fresnomultifaithexchange.org/.

The Bishop John Steinbock Homeless Advocacy Committee: Visit www.dioceseoffresno.org/homeless.html (click on English or Spanish near the top for a brochure on how to help the homeless). For other homeless resources, visit www.KNXT.tv/homeless.

List of Religious Holidays: Visit www.interfaithcalendar.org/2011.htm.

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Susan Orovitz is the Community Alliance ISJC Faith Calendar coordinator and the ISJC e-mail coordinator. Contact her at sussieg@pacbell.net.

 

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