Community Outreach Programs
Since its founding, the Islamic Center has always been proud to be involved in many community outreach activities. From interfaith groups, helping the needy, or assisting with programs and activities right here at the Islamic Center, all volunteers are welcome! Apply to become a volunteer here.
Every Saturday morning, approximately 6,000 pounds of food are distributed to about 150 local families. The Islamic Center’s Food Pantry program has become a beacon for diversity, unity and friendship. We welcome adults, children and interfaith groups wishing to connect and serve.
Read more about the Food Pantry and how you can get involved.
Interfaith work has been at the heart of the Islamic Center since its earliest days. In the 1960s, the Center hired a new Religious Director, Dr. Mohsen El-Biali. It is widely believed that Dr. Biali was the first to initiate an interfaith dialogue between Muslims, Christians and Jews in the United States, building a foundation of a successful and long-running commitment to interfaith understanding and partnerships that continues today.
Interfaith is the convening of individuals of differing faiths or no faith to build relationships and work toward greater understanding and religious pluralism.
The ICSC Interfaith Council is a group of volunteers dedicating their efforts to building and preserving interfaith partnerships. They plan interfaith activities at the Center, attend events at partner organizations, and represent the Islamic Center for interfaith speaking engagements. If you are interested in volunteering with the Council, attending interfaith events, or learning more about interfaith work in general, please email info@IslamicCenter.com.
Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities on Earth. The people here represent of hundreds of countries, tradition, and religious beliefs. And in the United States, we have a unique opportunity (and some would argue responsibility), to get to know one another out of mutual respect and co-existence. As a Los Angeles religious institution, we are committed to embracing that diversity and strengthening our community through interfaith activities.
The Islamic Center is grateful to host both a recurring array of interfaith meetings and one-time interfaith events. Although participation in recurring meetings usually requires a formal commitment, there are plenty of informal opportunities to serve and learn alongside our interfaith friends.
- Walk in the Path of the Prophet Abraham (Spring)
- Interfaith Iftars (Ramadan)
- Open Mosque Day (Fall)
- #MerryChristmasLoveMuslims (Winter)
ICSC Recurring Programs
NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change empowers Jewish and Muslim change-makers with the skills, resources and relationships needed to improve Muslim-Jewish relations and strengthen cooperation on issues of shared concern. Through a professional fellowship, high school leadership council and innovative public programming, NewGround impacts a broad political and religious spectrum of Muslims, Jews and the institutions they’re a part of. Learn more about NewGround here.
The Interfaith Study Group is a joint effort by All Saints, the Islamic Center of Southern California, and the Pasadena Jewish Temple to learn and appreciate the commonalities and differences between our Abrahamic faiths.
The SoCal Muslim-Jewish Forum was created as part of an initiative by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) to build Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committees in cities across North America. FFEU is a New York-based non-profit organization focused on facilitating a global movement of Muslims and Jews committed to communication, reconciliation and cooperation. The SoCal Muslim-Jewish Forum operates autonomously and meets on a regular basis to discuss three sub-committees; Events, Publicity and Internal Relations.
The Christian-Muslim Consultative Group promotes learning, dialogue and advocacy among its representative members and wider communities of faith through lectures, workshops, press releases, youth gatherings and other activities.
For a full list of different groups who have partnered with the ICSC, please see below.
- Muslim and Catholic Women in Conversation
- Inter-Religious Council
- Guibord Center: Religion Inside Out
- Bnai David/ICSC
- Abraham’s Daughters
- Abrahamic Faiths Peace Making Initiative
- Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace (ICUJP)
- Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE)