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Interfaith Inform
September 13, 2022
Kaufman Interfaith Institute

www.interfaithunderstanding.org

Yamma & Heart of Afghanistan: An International Interfaith Concert 
Join the Kaufman Institute for an evening of international music with our very special guests all the way from Afghanistan and Israel.

The participating Israeli ensemble, Yamma, presents original contemporary Hebrew music. The group members stay true to the character of the Middle East, the region where they were born and raised. The soulful, exotic music is accompanied by ancient musical instruments (kopuz, duduk, hand drums) which are typical of the Middle East. In addition to this unique art, Yamma also performs the traditional music and material of the various Jewish diasporas. Songs of the Jewish communities from Yemen, Babylon, and Sepharad, as well as Hasidic music, with the fascinating forms and rhythms that have been preserved by generations of Jewish traditions.


The Heart of Afghanistan project consists of four Afghan musicians - Ahmad Fanoos on Vocals & Harmonium, and his two sons Elham on piano and Mehran on violin, with Hamid Habibzada on tabla. Together, they tell the story of Afghanistan from its pre-Islamic Buddhist heritage through traditional Ghazals based on the Sufi inspired poetry of Rumi and the ‘Afghan Elvis’, pop icon Ahmad Zahir, of the ‘60s and ‘70s who took the music of Elvis Presley and translated it into Dari and performed it with a traditional instrument ensemble. The idea is to give a 360-degree view of Afghan culture through music, poetry, art, and cultural heritage.

Each group represents their country and musical heritage as cultural ambassadors. Through that lens, we will open a conversation regarding the faith traditions inherent in each nation’s culture.
The concert will be held on September 20 at 7:00 pm in the Loosemore Auditorium - GVSU DeVos Downton Campus. Please RSVP here to confirm attendance. 

Upcoming Events

International Interfaith Concert: Yamma & Heart of Afghanistan  

September 20, 7:00 pm - Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU DeVos Downton Campus
Join the Kaufman Institute for an evening of international music with our very special guests all the way from Afghanistan and Israel.
Each group represents their country and musical heritage as cultural ambassadors. Through that lens, we will open a conversation regarding the faith traditions inherent in each nation’s culture.
Click here for more information and registration.
How To Talk To Your Neighbor Training w/ One America Movement 

September 21, 4:00 pm - Alumni House, GVSU Allendale Campus
This in-person workshop  will feature a training for university students, faculty, staff and community members on how to have conversations about important issues with people who believe, think, and vote differently than you. 
The 2 hour training will offer a framework for navigating difficult conversation, exploring the neuroscience and social science of polarity and divisiveness, offering both theory and interactive practice for having productive conversations that move towards listening and cooperation.  
This training will be facilitated by One America Movement and is the first event in the Talking Together series.
Click here for more information and registration.
Talking Together: Strengthening our communities through conversation
Tired of the toxic level of polarization in the U.S.? Interested in talking with people whose perspective differs from your own in ways that stay constructive? We invite you to join us for a year focused on creating a culture of conversation rather than division. 
The Padnos/Sarosik Center for Civil Discourse, Kaufman Interfaith Institute, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies, and WGVU Public Media are pleased to partner for Talking Together: Strengthening our Communities through Conversation, a dialogue initiative aimed at interrupting polarization and investing in the principles of civil discourse and respectful conversation. Each month will feature at least one structured activity for students, staff, faculty, and community members to engage in conversation with one other across differences in perspective, identity, and life experiences.