At NewGround, we recognize and emphasize the importance of community, relationships, and the social being in building a stronger and more united Los Angeles. As such, we open our doors to the city's community members three times a year in the form of three main public events: our Trailblazer Awards Dinner, our Community Iftar Dinner, and our Spotlight Storytelling event.

All of NewGround's upcoming public events can be found below. For updates and more information on how to get involved, you may visit our main homepage.

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NewGround TrailBlazer Awards

Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 11:00 AM · $150.00 USD
Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, CA


At NewGround, we believe that conflict is natural and inevitable. Yet it is not intractable -- no matter the history. Being stuck is a choice. Therefore, we build relationships between Muslims and Jews in order to transform communities through lasting partnerships. This unique event and program offers attendees the opportunity to interact with change-makers and learn how their inspirational work is transforming communities through the power of relationships. The evening will leave you with a renewed sense that change is possible and that Muslims and Jews working together can make an extraordinary impact!


About the Award:

NewGround named the award after Suzy and her late husband Wally Marks Jr. z”l. They have long been one step ahead of the trends to usher us all toward a more just society. Back in 2006 when Muslim-Jewish relations were at their most toxic levels, Suzy and Wally had the foresight to seed fund NewGround to equip change-makers with the skills, resources, and relationships needed to strengthen Muslim-Jewish relations.

Host Committee: Paula Litt (event chair), Melissa Balaban, Paul Beck, Alan Bloch & Nancy Berman, Judith Glass, Farah Khan, Suzanne Marks, Julia Meltzer & Zeno Family, Dr. David Myers, Dr. Sadegh Namazikhah, Sandy Savett and Nurya Shabir


Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Diamond Sponsor: $5,400

Paula & Barry Litt

Platinum Sponsor: $3,600

Sandy Savett

Gold Sponsor: $1,800

Silver Sponsor: $720

Bronze Sponsor: $540

Past Trailblazer Honorees:


Dr. David Myers & Dr. Sadegh Namazikhah, with Change-maker Award Recipient: Julia Meltzer & the Zeno Family


Melissa Balaban, Founder and Executive Director of IKAR, & the Aga Khan Council for the Western USA, with Change-maker Award Recipient: The Day School Exchange. 


Nancy Berman and Alan Bloch


Dr. Judith Glass and Nasreen Haroon