What People Say About Project Mosaic:
We at the Islamic Center of Long Island wish all success to Project Mosaic in helping to educate young people about the world’s great religions, including Islam, and in teaching young people that Islam is a religion of peaceful tolerance.
Habeeb Ahmed, Chairman, Islamic Center of Long Island, Westbury, New York
I applaud Project Mosaic’s work in promoting greater understanding and tolerance of "the other". As people from different religious, cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds come into ever closer contact with one another, it is essential to teach an appreciation of difference. This includes a pressing need to increase in all countries literacy about religion. A failure to tackle ignorance about faith will likely result in escalating tension between groups, cultures and nations, all too often with a tragic outcome.
Ali S Asani, Professor of Indo-Muslim and Islamic Religion and Cultures, Harvard University and author of Al-Ummah: A Handbook for an Identity Development Program for North American Muslim Youth
I support the work of Project Mosaic in honour and tribute to my son, Michael Boyle, David Fontana and the other firefighters that selflessly gave their lives on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center so that others could live.
James J Boyle, retired firefighter, former president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, father of Michael Boyle, one of the 343 firefighters that died on September 11, 2001 while rescuing people from the World Trade Center
I salute Project Mosaic for honouring the memory of Dave Fontana in such a positive and inspiring way. As a proud liberal Muslim Egyptian. I wish all success to Project Mosaic in using education to reduce levels of misunderstanding, and to build bridges between different religious and cultural groups. I spent years reporting from the Middle East and I give frequent lectures across North America, Europe, the Middle East and elsewhere. In our increasingly inter-connected world, it is crucial to teach young people to overcome fear of and ignorance about “the other”.
Mona Eltahawy, New York-based award-winning syndicated columnist, international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues, first Egyptian journalist to work for a Western news agency in Israel
I thank Project Mosaic for helping to create understanding among people from different racial, ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. Project Mosaic, by working with young and old, and people from varied communities, is making its mark in an exciting international grassroots movement for peaceful social change. As an Israeli Arab dedicated to building fruitful coexistence between Jews and Arabs in Israel, I know that the task of resolving conflict and building bridges is a difficult, long-term challenge, but that each of us can and should make a significant contribution.
Mohammed Fahili, Director, Jewish-Arab Community Center, Acre, Israel
I would like to honor the memories of all 343 firefighters that gave their lives to save others on 9-11, including my sons – Battalion Chief Thomas Haskell Jr and Firefighter Timothy Haskell – and Lieutenant Dave Fontana, by supporting the goals of Project Mosaic.
Maureen Haskell, mother of Thomas Haskell and Timothy Haskell, two of the 343 firefighters that died on September 11, 2001 while rescuing people from the World Trade Center
The challenges of integration in a multicultural society confront us all. Project Mosaic pursues dialogue and educational programmes to explore some of the most urgent issues facing immigrant and host communities worldwide. It deserves our support.
Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Liberal Democrat peer and spokesman for the Ministry of Justice in the House of Lords, United Kingdom
In today’s unsettled world, an understanding of the inter-religious encounter is both necessary and urgent. There is much to be gained from encouraging dialogue between the major faiths. Project Mosaic pursues this type of conversation in its work with young people through lectures, partnerships and exchanges. I wish Project Mosaic every success in achieving its aims.
Dr Edward Kessler, Director, Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths and Fellow, St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
I am glad to give my blessing to the work of Project Mosaic, which seeks to build the kind of interreligious dialogue urged by the Second Vatican Council and successive Popes, to promote greater understanding, co-operation and respect between peoples of all faiths and to combat discrimination at all levels.
Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, former Archbishop of Westminster, London
I support the worthy goals of Project Mosaic to use education to help people of different racial, religious, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to embrace tolerance of and respect for one another. Engagement among diverse groups, within countries and across national boundaries, is a powerful channel for making society a better place for all and for countering violent extremism.
Dr Emile Nakhleh, former director of the Political Islam Strategic Analysis Program at CIA and author of A Necessary Engagement: Reinventing America's Relations with the Muslim World
In loving memory of our son, Christopher Santora, David Fontana and the other brave firefighters that gave their lives on 9-11, we embrace the goals of Project Mosaic to promote tolerance and to combat group hatred and extremism.
Al and Maureen Santora, parents of Christopher Santora, who entered the Fire Academy in February 2001 to become a firefighter and who died on September 11, 2001 while helping to rescue people from the World Trade Center
I applaud the work of Project Mosaic, to teach young people to be more tolerant of those from different backgrounds and inspire them to use their multiple identities in today’s increasingly diverse world to contribute in a proactive way to improving their society. As a proud Muslim Briton of Indian and Pakistani parentage, I celebrate Project Mosaic’s vision of educating children and young adults to build a rich melting-pot society, where we can all be good citizens while cherishing our ancestral heritage. To help Project Mosaic in its quest to change people’s thinking on a grassroots level, my company is pleased to donate consultancy services to the charity.
Aseem Sheikh, Director, Base Associates, London
I'm delighted to lend my support to Project Mosaic and endorse its excellent aims. Any attempt to foster better relationships between people of different faiths and cultures is to be welcomed and appauded. Just as mighty oaks grow from small acorns, may Project Mosaic become a force for the promotion of understanding and respect in our turbulent world.
Rabbi Geoffrey L Shisler, Minister, New West End Synagogue, London
At the MUJU Crew, we bring Muslims and Jews together through a shared passion for creating art. We believe this process creates a context of honesty, trust and respect that allows for open conversations. We wish every success to Project Mosaic in its educational work to change people’s thinking – to encourage people to learn about and to celebrate, rather than fear, those that come from a different background.
Salman Siddiqui, Co-Chair and Warren Minde, Trustee, The MUJU Crew (Muslim-Jewish Theatre), London