Ruth Broyde Sharone presents her award-winning GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK film and program at THE PRESIDENT’S INTERFAITH AND COMMUNITY SERVICE CAMPUS CHALLENGE at George Washington University in DC on September 22-23, 2014
It is the responsibility of all people
with an aspiration to spiritual perfection to help
develop a deep recognition
of the value of other faiths.
--His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Your campus has certainly experienced religiously and culturally
motivated conflicts among your students.
But what do students really know about
the “other”? And how can you direct your students to positive interactions with
those who are not like them? Can you give your students the skills to reach out
to their classmates of different origins, religions and cultures?
God and Allah Need to Talk
is a unique Interfaith Program that has been shown to be
highly effective on
campuses across the country.
GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK is both the name of the program and the title of the prize-winning
film created by internationallyknown interfaith
advocate and inspirational speaker Ruth Broyde Sharone. Her popular
program, offered in her signature style--with panache and passion--has been
enthusiastically embraced on college campuses, in mosques, churches, synagogues,
and community centers across America and abroad.
Her acclaimed film recently scored another trophy, this time for the "Best
competing in the Los Angeles 2013 World Interfaith Harmony Film Festival.
The program, GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK, is a two and a half hour event, which
includes music, film, networking, interactive audience participation,
and "a call to action." The event contains all
the elements needed to spark collaboration among students and faculty as they
join together, first to brainstorm and then to put into action a meaningful
interfaith activity for the campus and beyond. Please see the attached document
for more details on the program.
the campus of the University of Southern California, students who participated
in the program decided to form a monthly interfaith breakfast group called
"Rapport." The group met
for four years and, Rabbi Susan Laemmle, who was the Dean of Religion at the
time of the event, later reported that after the first two years the group was
so committed to the idea of interfaith dialogue they decided to meet once a
week, instead of monthly!
the campus of Vanderbilt University, the students organized an "Interfaith
Chocolate Seder" during finals week so that they could come together for interfaith
dialogue and discuss their commonly held values about the importance of
the campus of the University of Pennsylvania students began planning a giant
photomural to be installed on campus made up of photographs of students
celebrating their religious holidays with their families.
the campus of University of Wisconsin Green Bay, the day after Ruth's
presentation, students formed an interfaith
club--including atheists and humanists-- and have been meeting once-a-week
Make arrangements today to bring this innovative, interactive, dynamicprogram
to your campus.
Ruth captivated the audience
with her multi-faceted presentation . . .Ruth has a unique ability toengage audiences fully and to inspire
them to positive action . . .She
would be an asset to any college campus.Her ability to get the students excited about interfaith engagement and
then motivate them to continue the process once she is gone is what makes her
work so invaluable.
Nguyen, Director, Mauthe Center, University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Manhattan College, New York:
Thank you so much for a marvelous
lecture, discussion and intimate conversation with our students at Manhattan
College. Your talk and presence were illuminating . . . The students connected
with you instantly, with your open-hearted, often touching, and personal
account of your inter-religious adventures. You have a talent for touching the
core of human beings from all walks of life and faith . . this is a gift..
M. Afridi, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies,
Genocide, and Interfaith Education Center
University of Pennsylvania:
Sharone's screening of her God and Allah
Need to Talk was the highlight of the fall programming of the University of
Pennsylvania student interfaith group.Not only was the film compelling, but Ruth's conversation with student
leaders the day before the event inspired our students to think ever broader
and deeper about the important community they are creating at Penn… I encourage
college and university chaplains and student life directors across the country
to invite Ruth and "God and Allah" to their campuses.
Gipson, University Chaplain
Center for Lutheran Studies, Claremont School of Theology, CA:
… a major
factor to the success of our Interfaith Seder (which drew 300 + attendees in a
local mosque) was Ms. Sharone's leadership and moving presentation of her film God and Allah Need to Talk at Claremont
School of Theology ... she recruited wonderful musical performers who also
inspired those in attendance to do their part to working toward unity and peace
among various faith traditions.She also helped form discussion groups which led to various task force
groups that were instrumental to doing all that was necessary for the
Interfaith Seder to become a reality…her commitment to building bridges of understanding
and unity among faith traditions is truly inspirational.
Thomas K. Johnson, Director, Lutheran Studies
University of Southern California:
Filmmaker Ruth Broyde Sharone presented…a
very successful program entitled "Religions Talking," the key element
of which was the short documentary film,
God and Allah Need to Talk… From brainstorming to planning to finally
presenting the program, it was a pleasure for me and my office to work with
Ruth.Thus I take special pleasure
in encouraging other colleges and universities, as well as communal organizations,
to work with Ruth in mounting a similar program.
Susan Laemmle, Dean Emeritus, Office of Religious Life
And The Winners Are Best Feature Documentary U.S.A. - SHIFT OF THE AGES
Best International Feature Documentary - (A Tie)
THE BLUE JEWEL (Germany) and HEART OF A MURDERER (Italy) Best Short Film U.S.A. - GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK Best International Short Film - ANIMATING THE GOLDEN RULE
Environmental Harmony Award - THE BLUE JEWEL
Women Of Vision and Harmony Award - (A Tie)
DIALOGUE IN NIGERIA and SAINT KATHERINE DREXEL
Best Youth Film - AN INTERFAITH CAROL
Audience Choice Award (International) - THE TIME IS...NOW
Audience Choice Award (U.S.A.) - FINDING JOE
Ding Elnar-Wicker breaks apart matzah, a bread used in the Jewish Passover Seder Sunday at the Islamic Center of Claremont.
(Inland Valley Dailey Bulletin - Khai Le/Correspondent)
For the second year in a row, the interfaith community of
Pomona held a Universal Freedom Seder in a mosque.
This event was inspired by Ruth Broyde Sharone's
prize-winning film GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK,
made after 9/11, which depicts a
Muslim-Jewish Seder of Reconciliation,
"to break the silence between Isaac and Ishmael."
After viewing Broyde Sharone's film last year, members of the Pomona interfaith community decided to organize their own interfaith Seder, modeled on the traditional Passover
"festival of freedom." It was hosted at the local mosque and
drew more than 250 participants and rave reviews from all. They continued the tradition this year at the same Pomona Mosque
For more information on the 2012 event click on the photo.
Ruth Broyde Sharone meets Karen Armstrong, the best known and most respected writer on religion in the world at a
Parliament sponsored event in Palo Alto. Armstrong, a former nun, a TED Prize winner and creator of the Charter for Compassion,
emphasizes the importance of having dialogue with and showing compassion to everyone: people of every culture, ethnicity,
and even of no faith. Atheists are included.
Ruth Broyde Sharone and Rev. Guo Cheen,
a Buddhist Ambassador for the Parliament.
L to R: Parliament Exec. Dir. Dirk Ficca, Karen Armstrong, Ruth Broyde Sharone, Mary Saxon, and Iftekhar Hai
GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK Interfaith Presentation at St. Paul's Church in Irvine, California, on October 2, 2010.
L to R: Israeli composer/musician Yuval Ron, film producer/director Ruth Broyde Sharone,
Iranian singer Mamak Khadem, and Alexander Padico, North American Secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.
GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK in Toronto
Leslie Gabriel Mezei reads Rumi poetry to music provided by Garo Altinian on guitar
FR. Terry Gallagher
a society of Canadaian Catholics priests and laity
Ruth brings GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK to Toronto's Scarboro Missions
Back from Melbourne and the Parliament of the World's Religions
...the largest interfaith gathering in the world, where upwards of 5000 people from 80 plus countries,
representing more than 200 religions, converged, conversed and conspired
to find a path to peaceful and respectful co-existence.
L to R: Anthony Manousos, Quaker, Ruth Broyde Sharone, Jewish, and Noor Malikak Chishti, Muslim,
interfaith colleagues and friends in Los Angeles, lead an interactive workshop at the 2009 Melbourne Parliament: "LISTENING WITH A HEART OF MERCY."
After an 16 month stint traveling throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Morocco as a Partner Cities Staff Associate for the Parliament of the World's Religions, Ruth Broyde Sharone sewed up 2009 with an exciting and memorable month in Australia. Co-Chair of the Southern California Committee for the Parliament of the World's Religions (www.sccpwr.org), Ruth and a group of 20 had been invited to present a workshop entitled "Spiritual Intimacy: Taking Interfaith Engagement to the Next Level."
Ruth also co-led a workshop with her Muslim and Quaker colleagues, "Listening With a Heart of Mercy," and facilitated a special salon for Spanish-speaking participants.
Ruth with Sister Joan Chittister, a noted national and international lecturer
who focuses on women in church and society, human rights,
peace and justice, and contemporary religious life and spirituality,
Ruth with H H Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati,
president and spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan,
one of the largest spiritual institutions in India.
Ruth with her mentor, Rabbi David Rosen,
Director of the American Jewish Committee's Department
for Interreligious Affairs, knighted in Italy for his role in helping to establish diplomatic relations between
the Vatican and Israel.
Youth participants at the Melbourne Parliament
L to R: Ruth, Pritpal Kaur, Jem Jebbia and Sean Rose, Faiths Act Fellows of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and the Interfaith Youth Core
Ruth with Ibtisam Mahameed, a Palestinian Muslim
who received an award from the Dalai Lama in recognition of her work to bring peace and to improve the status of women in the Holy Land. Since no Arab translator was available at the Parliament, Ibtisam requested that Ruth be her Hebrew translator for a panel on Muslim Women's Rights.
Participants from around the world who took part in the Spanish Salon facilitated at the Parliament by Ruth
Photos by Leah Broyde Abrahams
Ruth Broyde Sharone honored by Sikh community for her interfaith dedication
Interfaith and Civic leaders of Los Angeles were honored in a special ceremony held at the Sikh's annual Baisakhi celebration at the LA Convention Center, on Sunday, April 13, 2009.
Honorees wearing white shawls are: John Chang, California State Controller Rev. Leonard Jackson, Sr. Advisor to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Judy Chu, Vice-Chair, State Board of Equilization
LA Councilman Jack Weiss Ruth Broyde Sharone, Co-Chair, Southern CA Committee for the Parliament of the World's Religions
"The good news is that there are new and exciting possibilities emerging in the pursuit of peace,
which have successfully engaged people of all faiths, united them in common causes,
created positive grassroots programs that benefit society as a whole.
The process begins by laying the groundwork for trust and cooperation among individuals and among communities,
in our schools, our workplaces, our marketplaces, our houses of worship, and in our care of the earth."
Ruth Broyde Sharone Motivational Speaker for Peace Building
THE HERE AND NOW OF INTERFAITH ENGAGEMENT
Interfaith engagement—or the lack thereof—has become one of the most crucial issues of our times, domestically and internationally. At the very heart of our ongoing struggle to create a harmonious world and peaceful co-existence lies the fundamental question: how can we be true to our own faith while simultaneously extending respect and compassion for people of other faiths?
Admittedly, looking for an answer to that fundamental question is a complex and daunting pursuit. Are we ready to embrace a new paradigm which simultaneously affirms both diversity and unity? We have accepted the scientific concept of both waves of light and particles of light existing simultaneously.
Can we also find a quantum solution to our human dilemma?
The good news is that there are new and exciting possibilities emerging in the pursuit of peace, which have successfully engaged people of all faiths, united them in common causes, and created positive grassroots programs that benefit society as a whole.
The process begins by laying the groundwork for trust and cooperation among individuals and among communities, in our schools, our work places, our marketplaces, our houses of worship, and in our care of the earth.
Interfaith activists, such as Ruth Broyde Sharone, have devoted themselves to this pursuit,
crisscrossing countries and continents to present alternative models for co-operation among faiths.
Ruth Broyde Sharone’s “secret” for successful interfaith engagement is to engage the audience in small interactive group encounters enhanced by the Arts, using music, film, and dance to illustrate the beauty of cross-cultural harmony--rather than relying on the conventional model of lectures and panel discussions. She believes the greatest results have been achieved by motivating the audience to take on a personal commitment to interfaith activity in a practical, down-to-earth way. As a core part of her presentation, she encourages each person to make a commitment to perform “a small, but profound, act” that can make a world of difference. And she explains in detail how that can be done.
Working with small groups or with an audience of thousands, Broyde Sharone has tested her process again and again, with remarkable results. After a presentation to 570 people in Green Bay, Wisconsin, 50% of them signed up for follow-up activity. “People are ripe and hungry for interfaith activity, “ Broyde Sharone emphasizes, “and at this moment in time it is our duty to satisfy their hunger, to inspire them, and help them find the channels to dissolve suspicion and fear and, ultimately—through both short and long term projects--create a climate of trust and cooperation. That is both our challenge and our responsibility for future generations.”
“We no longer have the luxury of discussing Interfaith engagement just academically or philosophically,” she explains. "It must become real, tactile, and visceral, for it can affect the very rise and fall of our world.
Therefore we would be wise to encourage it and sustain it, as if our very lives depended on it.”
"And perhaps our lives do depend on it," Ruth Broyde Sharone concludes.
A one on one talk with Ruth Broyde Sharone about the film and her life's mission to unite humanity,
conducted by Imran Siddiqui of Voice of America
(clicking will take you to another site)
Ruth Broyde Sharone organizes Interfaith Event at Bangladeshi Embassy in DC
Bangadeshi Embassy, Washington, D.C. L to R: John Danner, Native American; Annuttama Dasa, Hindu; Bangladeshi Ambassador Shamsher Chowdhury;
Ruth Broyde-Sharone, Jewish Filmmaker/interfaith activist; Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim
Ruth Broyde Sharone delivers keynote at Interfaith Event in Green Bay, Wisconsin
More Than 500 Rally for Interfaith Peace Building
“There are no strangers—only people we haven’t yet met.” These words expressed the essence of the message of interfaith activist Ruth Broyde-Sharone on Sunday afternoon at Notre Dame High School to an audience of more than 500 individuals attending the Festival of Unity sponsored by JOSHUA, a local social action organization.
Introduced by Barbara Shiffer, JOSHUA President, Charles Mize, Minister of the Union Congregational United Church of Christ, and Fox Valley Islamic Association and ESTHER Vice-President Mohammad Rashid, Broyde-Sharon showed her award-winning film,
“God and Allah Need to Talk.” The film documents the post 9/11 efforts of Muslims, Jews and Christians to get to know each other by sharing each other’s religious holiday traditions. The film illustrates how interfaith dialogue, community outreach and even dinner conversation can be channeled to dissolve fear and suspicion and, ultimately, to create a path towards true reconciliation.
Afterwards, the filmmaker, who is a journalist and peace-builder, challenged those attending to “stretch yourself by making a commitment to perform one small profound act of interfaith engagement that could change the community, the country and potentially the world.”
Broyde-Sharone of Los Angeles encouraged her audience to become a model for other cities of this size in establishing activities and events to celebrate diversity and increase communications among cultural and religious groups. Referring to a principle of physics, she asked each person present to raise his or her little finger and explained that just the movement of the little finger causes the rearrangement of molecules inside the room and around the whole world. “Imagine, therefore, how much change you can achieve by participating in interfaith activities and getting to know ‘the other.’”
Inspired by her example, more than 300 individuals signed up to get involved in projects that will be initiated locally. Initial projects proposed include a women’s interfaith dialogue group, a men’s interfaith dialogue group, an interfaith musician’s ensemble, an interfaith Passover Seder, visits to a synagogue, to a mosque and to a Hmong festival.
A trio of musicians, Dave Duffy, Stefan Hall and Denise Jacobs played a cross-cultural medley of Sengalese street music and Klezmer music to kick off the event. Broyde-Sharone concluded her presentation by teaching the audience how to sign the word “peace.” The program ended with a dance from India performed by Julia Shariff and Arishna Agarwal. Blessings before the international food reception were offered by Reverend Mize; Reverend Paul Johnsen, First United Methodist Church; Salman Aziz of the Fox Valley Islamic Society; Rabbi Shaina Bacharach, Congregation Cnesses Israel; Rita Last, St. Bernards Catholic Church member; Marcia Robbins, Bahai faith; Hmong representative Nia Cha Yang.
The program was funded through the auspices of the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation, the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, Baylake Bank and Norman and Shirlyn Miller. Co-sponsors included the Green Bay area Chamber of Commerce, Congregation Cnesses Israel, the Salvation Army, the Multi-Cultural Center of Green Bay and the Fox Valley Islamic Society.
Afternoon Class: P12 Peacebuilding 101: Tools and Rools for Interfaith Engagement
Eliyahu McLean and Ruth Broyde-Sharone (Sponsored by the ALEPH Rodef Shalom School for Peace)
Learn practical skills needed to engage “the other” especially when encountering religious and cultural sensitivities. Apply Jewish wisdom to a variety of proven methods to create successful interfaith encounters among Jews and other faith communities, and especially with the Muslim community. Examine recent developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and discuss the ongoing issues of trust that have threatened the peace process.
This course will also be an opportunity for participants who may consider enrollment in the three-year certification training in the Rodef Shalom School for Peace.
Eliyahu McLean, Director of Jerusalem Peacemakers (www.jerusalempeacemakers.org), is one of the foremost inter-religious peacebuilders in Israel. Eliyahu coordinates the Abrahamic Reunion, a group of Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze religious leaders and is inter-faith advisor to the Sulha Peace Project (www.sulha.com). Eliyahu was ordained by Reb Zalman as the first Rodef Shalom/Pursuer of Peace.
Ruth Broyde-Sharone, honored internationally for her contribution to interfaith education, is a public speaker, journalist, and documentary filmmaker (www.filmsthatmatter.com). A leader in dialogue with the US Muslim community, Ruth travels frequently to college campuses to screen her popular film “G-d and Allah Need to Talk.” Recently she organized an interfaith celebration at the Embassy of Bangladesh.
AS AN ART AND A PRACTICE
a workshop to inspire and prepare future peacebuilders
When: July 24-30, 2006
See the sidebar for more information
Ruth Broyde-Sharone, Director of "God and Allah Need to Talk"
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Interfaith activist and filmmaker Ruth Broyde-Sharone will bring her most recent documentary, God and Allah Need to Talk – a Film for Healing and Reconciliation, to Vanderbilt University Tuesday, April 5.
The film is part of an interfaith program scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ben Schulman Center for Jewish Life on Vanderbilt’s campus. The center is located at 2421 Vanderbilt Place. The event, which is free and open to the public, also will include music, interfaith dialogue and a call to action for participants to take on “one small, profound act” they are willing to do to further the cause of interfaith.
In July 2004, Broyde-Sharone presented an interfaith program and her film at the Parliament of the World’s Religions, which was held in Barcelona, Spain, and attended by more than 8,000 people from 75 countries. Currently, she is taking her interfaith/film/music program to college campuses and communities across the country and abroad to promote and support interfaith activities.
God and Allah Need to Talk has been hailed as a “must see interfaith film” and enthusiastically received by audiences at many churches, synagogues, mosques and universities.
Broyde-Sharone has written, produced and directed documentary and educational films for more than 25 years. She has produced films for Encyclopedia Britannica, American television, Israeli television, private foundations and organizations. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Broyde-Sharone began her career as a freelance journalist in Latin America, Europe and Israel. She has written for the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Jerusalem Post and The Los Angeles Times among many other national and international publications.
She and African American minister Delores (Ahuva) Gray are the founders of Festival for Freedom, a world movement to create bridges for friendship and peace. As a result of her work, Broyde-Sharone was invited to serve as a delegate to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights in Geneva and received a gold medal from Fete d’Excellence for promoting interfaith dialogue and multicultural education.
In addition to Broyde-Sharone, musicians Stefani Valadez and Alula will be on hand at the Vanderbilt event to perform songs from various nations. Singer/songwriter Valadez plays the guitar and her influences range from blues musicians Taj Mahal and Muddy Waters to Grace Slick, Brazilian jazz artist Jobim and samba songwriter and musician Dorival Caymmi.
A composer, arranger, lyricist, singer, dancer and stage actor, Alula has toured around the world playing concerts and appearing on African, European and American television. He speaks eight languages and sings in more than 10, and plays 12 musical instruments including the piano, guitar, bass, drums, harmonica and kirrar, a harp-like instrument that dates back to the time of King David.
A panel of religious leaders will also discuss their own and other religions at the April 5 event. The panelists are Awadh Binhazim from the Islamic Center of Nashville; Keri Day with the Graduate Department of Religion at Vanderbilt; Richard McGregor, Vanderbilt assistant professor of religious studies; Jack Sasson, Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt; Rabbi Ken Kanter from Congregation Micah; and John Thatamanil, Vanderbilt assistant professor of theology.
The event is sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Office of Intercultural Affairs and Diversity Education, the Office of the University Chaplain, the Interfaith Council, the Muslim Student Association and Vanderbilt Hillel.
For more information about the event, please call 615-322-2457.
You are invited to experience A Unique Program on your campus Combining film, music, interfaith dialogue, and a “call to action”
This program has been hailed by participants in universities, churches, mosques, synagogues, and cultural centers in many cities as an encounter that heals and inspires, uniting people of all ages, religions, and cultures
Created by Interfaith Activist & Filmmaker Ruth Broyde-Sharone, who recently presented her film and interfaith workshop at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Barcelona, Spain
Make arrangements to bring God and Allah Need to Talk to YOUR campus and YOUR community soon!
Program fees based on number of musicians, travel, etc.
The attached flyer brings to your attention a program you might well want to bring to your campus. At the University of Southern California, we featured the film "God and Allah Need to Talk" as part of our Religion on Campus Week last February. We coupled it with a panel on the Abrahamic Religions, but that represents only one possible broadening of context. The film offers a good trigger for discussion and a nice catalyst for campus dialogue programs. We ourselves started what we call the "Rapport Dialogue Group" in conjunction with the film showing, and it has been gaining strength ever since.
The filmmaker Ruth Broyde-Sharone is great to work with. She's passionate about multi-faith understanding and also has a good sense of programming possibilities. She likes to be part of the program while also understanding the campus environment. I recommend that you arrange with her to view the film and seriously consider inviting her, and it, to your campus. All the best,
Rabbi Susan Laemmle, Ph.D.
Dean of Religious Life
University Religious Center, room 102
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0751
Home phone: 323-939-4084
USC's Office of Religious Life fosters "a vibrant university community that encourages the pursuit of meaning through spiritual reflection and free inquiry, provides fair opportunities to participate in religious life, advances mutual understanding and respect among differing traditions -- and, in all these ways, strengthens us to actively engage in building a just and peaceful world."