We are a community of Muslims, Jews, and allies based around the world working together to heal the fractured relationship between Muslims and Jews globally by challenging notions of the perceived ‘other’ through personal connection, religious education, and skill building.

To achieve this mission, we are looking to work with a variety of demographics including Orthodox Jews and Conservative Muslims, Jews of Middle Eastern and North African descent and Arab Muslims, and young professionals and more senior professionals.

Our Vision

The Muslim Jewish Interfaith Coalition seeks to create a world in which people of our two faiths are partners creating a more coexistent, less violent world; a world in which we can know each other and respect each other’s differences– and love each other for them. We wish to create a world in which our work and the relationships we create between Muslims and Jews are no longer novel; in which we are no longer needed.

Our Staff

We are journalists, teachers, diplomats, community organizers, academics, lawyers, writers, and artists.

Rachel Delia Benaim

Rachel Delia Benaim

Rachel Delia Benaim is an award-winning journalist and interfaith activist. Her reporting on the intersection of religion and gender has appeared in The Washington Post, The Guardian and Tablet Magazine, among others. She holds a B.A. from Yeshiva University and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.
While at Columbia Journalism School, Rachel's coursework focused on news and feature writing as well as audience engagement. Upon graduating, Rachel traveled to Israel and the Palestinian Territories to cover the 2014 conflict, where her reporting was featured in The Washington Post, Religion News Service and The Washington Jewish Week, among others. From 2015-2016, Rachel served as the breaking news editor at Haaretz, an Israeli newspaper based in Tel Aviv. She now works as the travel editor at weather.com, where she also reports, writes and produces investigative features about how climate change is already impacting humans globally. Her work for weather.com has received awards from the New York Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists, among others. 
In addition to her journalism, Rachel has founded the Muslim Jewish Interfaith Coalition, which serves to heal the fractures between people of the two faith on a global scale. She is also a researcher for the American Sephardic Federation where she investigates the life and history of Jews from Arab lands through the late 20th century. 
She has lived in Jerusalem and has reported from Jordan, India, Gibraltar, and Portugal.
Her family heritage lays in Gibraltar and Morocco, which roots her in mending the relationship between Arab Muslims and Middle Eastern and North African Jews as well as all Muslims and Jews globally.

Chelsea Garbell

Chelsea Garbell

Chelsea Garbell is an MPA candidate and Lisa Ellen Goldberg fellow in International Policy and Management at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. She has previously worked for the Council on Foreign Relations’ Religion and Foreign Policy Program, the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership, and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. Chelsea spent a year teaching English in Samut Sakhon, Thailand and traveling in the region. She is actively involved with the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, the New York Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, AJC ACCESS, KAHAL: Your Jewish Home Abroad, Planned Parenthood of New York City Activist Council, and the New York Southeast Asia Network. Chelsea graduated summa cum laude from New York University where she studied media, culture, and communication.

Alina Jabbari

Alina Jabbari

Alina Jabbari was born and raised in the Netherlands, identifies as both Kurdish and Dutch, and currently lives in Amsterdam. She studied Law, Criminology and is currently completing her second MA degree in Peace, Trauma and Religion. She is a social justice activist, part-time researcher and organises bi-monthly gatherings on religion, faith, spirituality and de-coloniality at the intersections of race, gender & sexuality. Islam inspires her in her commitment to justice, making Islamic Liberation Theology what she affiliates with the most. She loves books and Kurdish dance.

Mollie Sharfman

Mollie Sharfman

Mollie has created, led, and implemented vibrant Jewish experiences for all types of Jewish communities across the globe – including Winnipeg, Berlin, Salzburg, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and Sarajevo! Mollie is Community Manager at GatherDC, organizing community around Jewish values and volunteering. Most recently, Mollie has lived and worked in Jerusalem at the Shalom Hartman Institute's working on Rabbinic and Christian Leadership Programs and the iEngage - Pluralistic Israel Education Curriculum. Alongside this work she also serves as the Director of Jewish and Religious Affairs for the Muslim-Jewish Conference. She has conducted research for the iCenter on American Jewry, Jewish Identity Politics, and Jewish Peoplehood. Holds a masters in Jewish Experiential Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a B.A. in English Literature and Jewish Studies from Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University.

Uzair Ben Ebrahim

Uzair Ben Ebrahim

Uzair 'Izzy' Ben Ebrahim (BA Hons Hebrew Language and Literature, University of Cape Town) is an English and Arabic language educator, linguist by academia, social justice activist and facilitator, decolonialist and performance poet.

Owing to their social justice activism and interfaith work and concerned with the intersections of the two ideas/spaces, Izzy has used their educational background and social justice (decolonial) activism to lead and engage with interfaith youth camps and conferences, in-and-around South Africa and internationally. With organizations and institutions such as United Religions Initiative (URI), A Common Word Among the Youth (ACWAY) and the arts institution, Sandberg Instituut (The Netherlands), they have facilitated dialogues and mediated conflicts around ideas of language, gender & sexuality, faith & religion/spirituality and decolonization to foster socially and spiritually conscious understandings and beings.

Izzy writes poetry and children's stories in English and Hebrew in their spare time. They are pescatarian, a sufi/spiritualist at mind’s-eye and uses the pronouns they, them and their.

Benny Fischer

Benny Fischer

Benny Fischer is a European Jewish activist, currently working for the European jewish Congress in Brussels, Belgium. He served for two years as the elected president of the European Union of Jewish Students (EUJS) and was a scholar of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES), a government-funded German Jewish scholarship foundation. He worked in Jewish and non-Jewish youth centres and youth movements for more than ten years. Benny believes in pluralistic, inclusive, and nonpartisan activism and represents these values at the European institutions, the OSCE, and the UNHRC.

Amie Liebowitz

Amie Liebowitz

Amie Liebowitz was born and bred in Sydney, Australia and currently works as a freelance journalist in London, United Kingdom. Amie was always interested in pursuing intercultural experiences living in multicultural Australia, however she became specifically interested in interfaith dialogue once attending the University of Sydney. Earning both her BA and MA at such a diverse university, she has had the pleasure of working with other minority groups which has given her a particular insight and inspiration to continue this work after studying. Being an Asia-Pacific specialist, she looks forward to sharing and engaging with other regions highlighting the complex nature of Asia that could contribute to the Muslim Jewish Interfaith Coalition and beyond. Her aim within the Muslim Jewish Interfaith Coalition is to explore different and practical pathways that can make the two communities work together on a day-to-day basis

Andrew Lustig

Andrew Lustig

Andrew is a performance poet and teacher whose poetry has reached millions in live performances and in viral videos. A Dorot Fellow, a Pardes Alum, and an OrHaLevnik Andrew spends his summers as an artist-in-residence at the Brandeis Collegiate Institute in L.A. Andrew’s enjoys vegan cooking and rock-climbing.

Collaborators

The African Middle Eastern Leadership Project is a Washington DC based nonprofit looking to mobilize, empower, and unite millennial leaders and activists from the Middle East and Africa to build resilient, inclusive societies. 

 

 

BrightMed is a Gibraltar based NGO that promotes multiculturalism through cultural interactions. BrightMed hosts the Gibraltar World Music Festival, a global symposium for division borders through music. 

 

The Iraqi Center for Diversity Management is a research foundation seeking approaches that contribute to a modern understanding of diversity and building bases for sharing across religions in Iraq society.

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The Mimouna Association is a Moroccan based organization educating civil society on Jewish heritage in the country. 

 

Run by journalist and rabbinical student Elhanan Miller, People of the Book creates educational content explaining Judaism to Muslims in Arabic.

 

Understanding Gibraltar is a Gibraltarian based think tank focused on researching why Gibraltar has long been a haven for multiculturalism.

 

Interested in partnering with us? Please reach out, as we’d love to hear from you.

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Rachel Delia Benaim

FOUNDER, CO-DIRECTOR

Rachel Delia Benaim is an award-winning journalist and interfaith activist.