Suzy & Wally Marks, Jr. z"l Trailblazer Award Luncheon on Sunday, February 10, 2019


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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 offer 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, Nasreen Haroon, Farah Khan, Suzanne Marks, Julia Meltzer & Zeno Family, Dr. David Myers, Dr. Sadegh Namazikhah, Sandy Savett and Nurya Shabir

Our 2019 Honorees:

Rabbi Reuven Firestone, PH.D.

Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

Shiza Shahid

Co-Founder of The Malala Fund & NOW Ventures

Two Faiths One Prayer

“Change-Maker Award” Recipient

Thank You to Our 2019 Trailblazer Sponsors!

Diamond Sponsor

Fakhri Family

Alya Haq

Paula & Barry Litt

Nurya Shabir & Muhammad Adaya

Sanford Weiner

Platinum Sponsor

Paul Beck

Suzy Marks

Wally Marks

Sandy Savett

Abby Sher

David Weiner & Marieke Oudejans

Gold Sponsor

Dr. Farah Khan

Silver Sponsor

Rabbi Sarah Bassin

Dr. David Myers

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills

Tzivia Schwartz-Getzug

Bronze Sponsor

Jean & Jay Abarbanel

Halim and Saranya Dhanidina

Judith Glass

Amir Hussain and Joan Becker

Patsy & Joe Ostroy

Adam Wergeles & Melissa Balaban


The Digital Tribute Journal is an eco-friendly way to share your tribute with the honoree(s) at the Trailblazer Awards. There will be an on-screen presentation of the tributes during the event. 

If you cannot attend, this is your opportunity to congratulate the honorees and support NewGround. 

Digital Journal Full Screen: $400

Your message to the honoree(s) and/or photographs will appear on a full screen.

Digital Journal Half Screen: $250

Your message to the honoree(s) and/or photographs will appear on a half screen.

Digital Journal Name Listing: $100

Your name(s) will be listed (among others) as a tribute to the honorees.

When sending your ad, we prefer art as a PDF and all photographs at 300dpi.  Please email ads to Maryam Saleemi at by January 31st, 2019. 

click here to purchase your digital tribute ad! 

*Please Note: Lunch will be served at the event, Kosher style. Glatt Kosher meals are also available. Please select your menu option when purchasing a ticket. Please email Maryam Saleemi at if you have any questions.


February 10, 2019 at 11am - 2pm
Skirball Cultural Center
2701 N Sepulveda Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
United States
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Will you sponsor or get tickets?

$5,400.00 Diamond Sponsor
10 tickets, reserved VIP seats by stage, tickets to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Exhibit at Skirball, name on NewGround website, in program and digital journal

$3,600.00 Platinum Sponsor
8 tickets, reserved VIP seats behind diamond seating, name on NewGround website, in program & digital journal

$1,800.00 Gold Sponsor
6 tickets, reserved VIP seats behind platinum seating, name on NewGround website, in program & digital journal

$720.00 Silver Sponsor
4 tickets, reserved VIP seats behind gold seating, name on NewGround website, in program & digital journal

$540.00 Bronze Sponsor
2 tickets, reserved VIP seats behind silver seating, name on NewGround website, in program & digital journal

$150.00 General Admission (Glatt Kosher meal)

$150.00 General Admission (Vegan, in Kosher style)

$150.00 General Admission (Salmon, in Kosher style)

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commented 2018-12-28 13:20:42 -0800 · Flag
Mazal Tov to Reuven Firestone and Congratulations to Shiza Shahid for the wonderful recognition of your contributions to Muslim-Jewish dialogue.