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Fountain Talk Program at Suny Geneseo

PII Upstate NY in Rochester organized a Fountain Talk Series on the topic of “Combatting Extremism Cancer” with the partnership of SUNY Geneso, and Fountain Magazine on March 2nd at the State University of New York in Geneseo.,” Talk was given by Hakan Yesilova, chief editor of Fountain Magazine. Programs..

Theology of Violent Extremism and Counter Theology in Islam

On Wednesday March 2nd, The Nazareth College’s Hickey Center hosted a Panel on” Theology of Violent Extremism and Counter Theology in Islam.” The panel was co-sponsored by the Peace Islands Institute of Rochester, Ny. The event consisted of three guest speakers, Dr. Thomas Gibson, Dr. Sharon Murphy, and Mr. Hakan..

Public Service Award Dinner

The Peace Islands Institute Syracuse chapter (PIIS) in collaboration with Turkish Cultural Center of Syracuse (TCCS) held Public Service Award Dinner on February 25, 2015 at Syracuse, a gathering to celebrate the members of the public service departments that bravely serve the people of Syracuse. Award recipient was honored for..

Interfaith Movie Screening “ARRANGED”

One of the Jewish-Muslim Interfaith Dialog series was held at the BHBI of Rochester on January 23rd. First movie screening of this series was screened with the co sponsorship of Temple Beth Hamedresh, Temple Beth David, and Temple Beth Am and Turkish Cultural Center of Rochester. The film viewed is..

7th Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony

Daemen Colleged Hosted the PII Buffalo Chapter’s 7th Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony. PII Upstate NY, Buffalo Chapter and TCC Buffalo organized its Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony in Buffalo on Nov. 11, 2015. Leaders from throughout the Buffalo Niagara region gathered at the Daemen College at the..

Panel on “The Notions of Afterlife”

Interfaith panel between Jewish and Muslim Communities was held at the PII Upstate NY on October 12, 2015 by PII and TCCR with the partnership of Temple Beth Hamedresh, Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth David. The Muslim Chaplain of University of Rochester, Dr. Celenli and Rabbi Drorah Setel from Temple..

Abrahamic Perspectives on Violence

An Interfaith Dialog Panel was held at BHBI with the partnership of Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth David and Peace Islands Institute. Rabbi Alan Katz who is the Rabbi of Temple Sinai of Rochester and Dr. Ahmet Celenli, Muslim Chaplain of University of Rochester were the two panelists. The perspectives..

Women; Educators and Economic Power

International Women Day Panel held at PII Upstate NY headquarter in Rochester. Dr. Gabriella Bedewi, Dr. Melody Cofield, Executive Director at Legacy Women Institute International, and Mrs. Esra Gedemenli, MS.Ed. were the three panelists. The role of women in the societies as educators and as the economic power were the..

Interfaith Interactions within our Social Circles

Panel between Jewish and Muslim Communities were held at the PII Upstate in Rochester. The Roundtable discussions was very helpfull participants to discuss the topics were selected to better understand each others. Dr. Celenli, muslim chaplain at U of R and Elena Spouza moderated the panel. Around sixty participants from..

PII Upstate NY was invited to a Unite Rochester Panel

PII Upstate NY was invited to a Unite Rochester Panel at the City of Rochester Members of the PII Upstate NY was invited to a forum focused on educating the public about the criminal justice system at the City of Rochester which was planned by Unite Rochester’s Justice Engagement Committee,..

Interfaith Dialog Panel

An Interfaith Dialog Panel was organized in October between Jewish-Muslim Communities by the Peace Islands Institute Upstate NY with the partnership of Temple Beth Hamedresh, Temple Beth Am, Temple Beth David and TCC Rochester at the BHBI. Two panelists from each side had 20 minutes of presenting their perspectives on..

Abraham’s Table Panel Discusses Migration in Syracuse

Peace Islands Institute, in collaboration with Wood Hath Hope and Turkish Cultural Center-Syracuse held the Abraham’s Table panel on ‘Migrations in Religion’. Three panelists, each representing one of the three Abrahamic Religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) continued to analyze the theme in search for answers to some of the key..

2nd Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Dinner

2nd Annual Neighborhood Appreciation Dinner was held at the TCCR by the Peace Islands Institute with over hundred guests. We want to thank to Brighton Town Supervisor, Bill Moehle, Monroe County Chief Deputy, David Phelps, Prof. Matt Temple from Nazareth College, Marine Colonel Matt Nafus and Mary Chao from D..

10th Annual Friendship Dinner in Syracuse

Peace Islands, Turkish Cultural Center of Syracuse, and Turkish Student Association at Syracuse University held 10th Annual Friendship Dinner on October, 23rd at Shine Student Center at Syracuse University. The topic of the event was International Refugee Challenge and Social Cohesion presented by Prof. Robert B. Murret, Deputy Director at..

5.th Annual Abrahamic Dinner at City of Buffalo

June 30th, 2015, Buffalo City Hall, Buffalo, NY. Turkish Cultural Center Buffalo (TCCB) and Peace Islands Institute (PII) organized the Fourth Annual Interfaith Ramadan Iftar Dinner at the City Hall on June 30th. The event hosted a diverse group of community leaders such as Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Erie..

How do faith-based movements fit into global civil society?

How do faith-based movements fit into global civil society? The case of Gulen Movement Institute of Global Affairs, MOYNIHAN, at Maxwell School, Syracuse University held a talk by Dr. Alp Aslandogan on Gulen movement and its position in the global civil society. Dr. Aslandogan, the President of the Alliance for..

Suny Geneseo Student Iftar

Many students from different backgrounds and different religions attended to Ramadan iftar dinner which was organized by Peace Islands Institute and co-sponsored by TCCR at Suny Geneseo College on 10th of July. Participants were informed about Ramadan and fasting via a video presentation. After video presentation, guests had iftar dinner...

PII Organized an Interfaith Ramadan Program

Peace Island Institute organized an interfaith Ramadan program with Temple Beth Am on 5th of July. As a first part of the program for the observance of the coincidence of the Ramadan pre-fasting & sahoor meal ate with the community members at Temple Beth Am at 02.30 am. Despite the..

Annual Welcoming Iftar-Dinner at PII

Peace Island Institute organized iftar dinner on the 1st day of Ramadan at its location in Rochester. Many guests from different religions, ethicities and backgrounds shared the peace, joy and the spirit of Ramadan. The Ramadan presentation about fasting, left the guests with curiosity. After the evening prayer, guests ate..

Interfaith Iftar Dinner for Local Communities at SUNY Geneso

PII Upstate NY, held an iftar dinner with the support of Geneseo Interfaith Service Project (GISP) at the Interfaith Center of State University of New York Geneseo. Local communities, youth groups, college faculty and neighbors in the Geneseo village and town were among the attendants. Kathleen Jones, the President of..

1st Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon

Today, June 12, 2015, the PII & TCCR hosted more than seventy (70) public service men and women representing more than fifteen (15) different law enforcement & public service departments throughout Western New York. In no particular order: · U.S. Attorney Hon. William Hochul  · Federal Bureau of Investigation ·..

11th Annual Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony

“Reserve in your heart a seat for all”, a memorable quote by Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish civic activist and the Peace Island Institute’s Honorary President, could have been the slogan for the evening. The Peace Island Institute (PII) branch for Upstate New York in Rochester was celebrating its 11th Annual..

Quran and Bible Study-Nature of Revelation

Peace Islands Institute Syracuse Chapter and Wood Hath Hope organized a Roundtable Discussion on “Quran and Bible Study-Nature of Revelation”. Dr. Tony Bartlett, Theologian and the founder of Wood Hath Hope Bible Study Community, participated in the event with his community members and he initiated the conversation by giving the..

1st Media Appreciation Luncheon

April 14th, 2015, Adam’s Mark Hotel, Buffalo, NY. Peace Islands Institute Upstate NY, Buffalo Chapter (PII) hosted media representatives from Buffalo area at Media Appreciation Luncheon at Adam’s Mark hotel. The event was well-attended by major media institutions such as WNED-TV, WGRZ-TV, WKBW-TV, WIVB-TV, Buffalo News as well as New..

“Islam’s Jesus” Lecture by Prof. Zeki Saritoprak

Peace Islands Institute organized a lecture series by Prof. Zeki Saritoprak on his recently published book, Islam’s Jesus. Prof. Saritoprak, who is Bediuzzaman Said Nursi Chair in Islamic Studies at John Carroll University, lectured on the campuses of Le Moyne College, Syracuse University, and State University of New York at..

Violence in the Name of Religion

Turkish Cultural Center-Syracuse, in collaboration with Interfaith Works and Peace Islands Institute held the second Abraham’s Table panel on ‘Violence in the Name of Religion’. Three panelists, each representing one of the three Abrahamic Religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) continued to analyze the theme in search for answers to some..

Abraham’s Table on Religion And Violence

Abraham’s Table on Religion and Violence: An Evening of Hope and Collaboration Peace Islands Institute organized an Abraham’s Table panel on ‘Violence in the Name of Religion’ in collaboration with Interfaith Works of Central New York. Representatives from the three Abrahamic religions (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) discussed the theme, searching..