Before we established a social impact (food) startup, we focused on building community by creating new interfaith programs. In 2017, under a nonprofit initiative known as Interfaith Ventures, we hosted our first event. Today, we are proud to be home to a growing portfolio of award-winning programs that include the Shabbat Salaam interfaith dinner series, the Yalla, Yalla! Food History Tours, the Cut The Beef Comedy Show, and our #UnityInDiversity video series. Got a sustainable venture that promotes inclusivity and diversity? Tell us more!
Building A Longer Table
The idea for Interfaith Meat originally came from when Abe's Eats founder Mohammad Modarres wanted to host a Shabbat Salaam interfaith dinner to bring his Muslim and Jewish friends together to discuss (and act on) the rise in anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic hate crimes across America. When he saw that they could not eat from the same plate, he spent the next year working with religious leaders and food experts to bring the Halal and Kosher dietary laws together. He eventually premiered Interfaith Meat at the first Shabbat Salaam event in San Francisco. Today, Shabbat Salaam has become Abe's Eats' flagship program, having welcomed more than 1,000 attendees at dinners across the country.
Let's break bread together! More dinners coming soon!
Exploring Across NYC
The popularity of Shabbat Salaam gave Abe's an opportunity to expand into new programs. In collaboration with Hussein Rashid and Jon Adam Ross, Abe's Eats introduced its first Yalla, Yalla! Food History Bus Tour at the beginning of 2019 to highlight the stories of Muslim and Jewish immigrants who came to New York City to follow the American dream. The program took a bus full of social entrepreneurs from across the world to renowned food establishments like 2nd Ave Deli and Abu's Bakery along with visits to the Brooklyn Historical Society and the other venues of cultural and historical significance.
One Step At A Time
After the success of the Yalla, Yalla! Food History Bus Tour, Abe's chose to partner with the New Day Fellowship - an interfaith initiative founded by community leaders including Islamic Scholar Hussein Rashid and Rabbi Joshua Stanton of the East End Temple - to create the Yalla, Yalla! Walking Tours.
We Got Jokes!
Our latest program combines our love for comedy to bring people together for a night of laughs. At the end of our Kickstarter campaign, we hosted the first Cut The Beef Comedy Show, featuring the likes of Sam Morril, Dina Hashem, Ishmael Loutfi, Aman Ali, Matthew Broussard, and many others. It was a great night! Photos coming soon!
We Are In This Together
COVID-19 stopped us all in our tracks, but physical distancing does not have to mean social distancing. Alongside Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Newground, and MJAC, our Interfaith Ventures nonprofit engaged in digital citizenship, social cohesion, and advocacy. Missed it? Watch the recording of the event.
Cut The Beef!