I have been involved with Abrahamic Alliance International (AAi) for the last 3 years as a volunteer in blood drives, hygiene kit assembly, food packing, food distribution, meal preparation and construction of low-income housing. AAi provides the opportunity to participate in two very needed activities in this challenging climate of COVID uncertainty and national turmoil: serve the underprivileged in our communities and build bridges across cultural and religious divides. Through my volunteer opportunities I have made friends outside my faith community, increased my compassion and understanding for the underprivileged, and experienced the joy of working together for the common good. AAi allows for these meaningful interactions to take place while also providing a much needed service to local charitable agencies. What I most appreciate is the safe and nurturing environment for the volunteers that sets aside differences and stresses our common values and convictions. We need more organizations like AAi in our troubled world!
Shepherding the partnership between Abrahamic Alliance International and Jewish Silicon Valley, has impacted me both personally and professionally. I’ve built meaningful relationships, pushed myself to reach out across differences, and seen firsthand how working together to reach a common goal improves lives. I first met Rod Cardoza, the Founder and Executive Director of Abrahamic Alliance International, in the fall of 2018, over coffee at a Los Gatos coffee shop. Rod reached out to me because he was interested in expanding AAi’s partnerships in the Jewish community to include our community center. I had heard of AAi’s partnerships with regional synagogue communities and was excited to learn more. Rod immediately struck me as a thoughtful listener, powerful storyteller, and as someone deeply dedicated to a clear and compelling mission. That mission, “uniting Jews, Christians, and Muslims for active peacebuilding and poverty relief,” feels deeply symbiotic with Jewish Silicon Valley’s mission of “harnessing the power of community to improve lives, build bridges of understanding and strengthen the Jewish people.” I remember that we talked together for over an hour, and that I left our meeting abuzz with excitement, and not just from the coffee.
Since that meeting, I’ve collaborated with AAi and with Christian and Muslim leaders on planning and implementing a range of volunteer experiences, from meal preparation and distribution events and a powerful multipart in-person and online seminar entitled, “Understanding Muslim Neighbors,” in pre-pandemic times, to Habitat for Humanity builds and food distribution events over the last 18 months. These experiences invariably leave me with a sense for how much we humans have in common, with a feeling of optimism that comes from persevering through discomfort, and with a renewed appreciation for the benefits of hard work.
That hard work manifests itself directly as food or shelter for those in need– a tangible and immediate way of improving lives. But the hard work also results in deepened relationships– something that takes showing up consistently over time. I’ve been doing my best to show up when I can over the last three years, and am starting to see the potential in the relationships I’m forming with Muslims and Christians doing this work. I have faith that the bridges of understanding we build over time are helping bring more empathy, compassion, and peace to our wounded world.
I Love volunteering with AAI as they have different opportunities and projects to help those in need. I've been to the Blood donation, hygiene kit assembly, food distribution, and fruit and vegetables packing events. They were all very organized and well-executed. I got the opportunity to meet, work side by side with kind people of other faiths, and have constructive conversations with them about different life aspects. I Specifically like dealing with Rod Cardoza, the Executive Director of
Abrahamic Alliance International, as he is very understanding and respectful of everybody at these events.
I worked with Abrahamic Alliance, international (AAi) as a longtime volunteer, events co/leader, photographer, field gleaning scout, among other tasks. This is an organization that addresses minds, hearts, and souls. It unifies all the children of Abraham under one tent. It treats each one with the respect and the dignity they deserve.
However, the heart of AAi mission is service to our less fortunate siblings. This is carried out with utmost respect for their dignity and their personhood. From food preparation, to serving meals, to assembling hygiene kits for unhoused people, to gleaning fruits and vegetables for the food banks, to helping build shelters for the unsheltered, to assisting in blood drives, to fixing bikes for the unhoused, to in-depth-courses on loving people of other faiths, everything is done with loving care all sacred scriptures ask of all of us.
The amazing thing is that this is a very nimble organization that relies on volunteers: board of directors, single part-time staff, advisors, all managed by a very energetic, dedicated, and uniquely qualified Executive Director, Rod Cardoza.
AAI is extremely organized with their volunteer opportunities. They provide an incredibly warm environment which is very welcoming to individuals of all ages and celebrates the diversity of their volunteers. I have thoroughly enjoyed volunteering for AAI at various events for over 5 years including Farm Box Packing for neighbors in need and serving food to the unhoused. It’s easy to become addicted to volunteering for AAI since beautiful friendships develop through the wonderful personal interactions volunteers have while serving our neighbors in need.
The Abrahamic Alliance International is the best non profit ever! Everyone I volunteer with are so friendly, kind and helpful. We all care about one another, and love helping the hungry and home less. Thanks. Dan Dresser
To Whom It May Concern,
I have found this organization simply wonderful! The ‘Loving Muslim Neighbors’ course is great! I am learning so much! Serving and feeding the hungry with my Muslim and Jewish friends has been the best experience! I have loved doing this!
Thanks so much!
Thank you Dan. It's been such a pleasure to work with YOU!
I LOVE volunteering with Abrahamic Alliance! My favorite activity is when we get together with Veggilution to pack fresh produce in food boxes to be delivered to needy families. We come early to do an ice breaker to get to know volunteers of other faiths from other congregations (church, mosque, synagogue) and then work shoulder to shoulder getting LOTS of boxes assembled in one morning. Very satisfying spiritual, socially, and physically!
I volunteer for Abrahamic Alliance International whenever my schedule will allow. Their mission and the impact to the targeted communities have been noticeably successful. The volunteers take pride in the work involved with a gratifying sense of accomplishment at the end of each event. Also, many of these events, such as assembling care packages for the shelters, delivering groceries and bicycle workshops, allow volunteers to interact with other members outside of our immediate communities fostering and strengthening our relationships through a mutual mission.
Thank you for your kind words Jay. Our compassion events are indeed gratifying, largely because of great volunteers like you who generously donate their time and resources to serve the common good. Thank you!
Volunteering at this nonprofit was a wonderful experience that allowed me to meet new people and make connections while simultaneously serving the community. I am happy with my decision to spend an afternoon working toward this organization's mission and look forward to doing so again in the future!
We are so glad you found us Crystal. Thanks so much for arriving early to help us with setup of our hygiene kit assembly event, and for staying late to help with cleanup too! You are undoubtedly a Super Volunteer!
Our synagogue, Congregation Shir Hadash hosted an event to assemble 1,000 hygiene kits for homeless neighbors in Santa Clara County with the Abrahamic Alliance International. I was the contact to get the event scheduled and set up. I had all the support I needed from AAi to make the arrangements for the event with synagogue staff. We had full registration (support also provided by AAI to bring in volunteers). We had a great day. AAi has the assembly tasks organized and simple to do. Volunteers of the three faiths had opportunities to talk together in small groups before starting work as well as with each other as work was done. We worked quickly and with dedication, and in no time the kits were assembled. Volunteers helped break down the set up together before saying goodbye and heading home.There was a lovely sense of unity, and I was proud of the work to help others in need.
Thank you Bonita. It was truly our pleasure to work with you. Congregation Shir Hadash has been a great partner to AAi for several years now. AAi is honored to collaborate with you in tikkun olam, and we look forward to many more years of collaborating with you in compassion.
AAi was a volunteer partner supporting Good Karma Bikes in refurbishing 25 bicycles for mutual partner International Rescue Committee. This was a multi-agency collaboration in support of resettling refugees.
The AAi volunteers were so amazing. Very professional. They were on time. They asked many excellent questions during orientation. They stayed not just until the bicycles were finished, but they started working on refurbishing bicycles for formerly homeless or migrant children in Gilroy. They were a machine!
The camaraderie was great too. Everyone had a great time. So much so that our two agencies will be collaborating in the future on a monthly basis to deepen the impact of both agencies. AAi volunteers even wrote some nice notes to the bicycle donation recipients.
I have a pleasant time to help the needed. This organization did not push the volunteers to finish some work. Everything is done in pleasant environment. I recommend this non-profit organization to work with charity work.
One of the best organizations I've had the pleasure to work with. The selfless focus on serving the community is an encouragement and the diverse group you serve with makes the AAI events even better.
I love AAi! It’s goals of bringing peace and love one relationship at a time between Muslims, Jews, and Christians. By working in teams to help the poor and needy, feeding them, helping build housing, giving socks filled with hygiene kits, and educating us about each other. Doing what God has told all of us children of Abraham to do, and doing it together.
Thank you for your kind words Pat. You still hold the record for hygiene kits assembled at your home during lockdown! Thanks for all you do.
I volunteered with an AAi group at a Habitat for Humanity project, building small homes for unhoused people. Both the interfaith group of volunteers and the Habitat project were positive experiences.
I had an incredible time working on a project with this organization! Highly recommend.
5 star. Fun. Coordinated. Respectful. Humbling. Community.
This is such a wonderful organization! They combine the beautiful act of serving the community with building bridges among people of many backgrounds and faiths. I have had the pleasure of working with them on several projects and have always come back receiving more than I gave.
Always have an amazing time learning new things about the different faiths and experiencing eye opening conversations with those who are from backgrounds different to my own. It is a lot of fun volunteering with Abrahamic Alliance!
Great organization, I have volunteered here many times and every time the organizers were incredibly kind. The events are always very organized and it’s always an enjoyable experience
When asked to lead a small team from my local mosque, arrange a hot meal and serve it to 300 people at a shelter, I really wanted to rise to the challenge and serve my community. But the task ahead was daunting. I was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone. My equally inexperienced team was to join two similar volunteer teams from other faith communities. The challenge to do all this and represent my faith and make positive connections with the other volunteers during several hours of intense interaction seemed overwhelming. How would it all work out..? I did not want to make any mistakes nor let anyone down. What kept me positive through all the planning stages and the final execution on the day was the immense and never-ending support of the Abrahamic Alliance and it's Executive Director, Rod Cardoza. He was available day or night for my endless questions in preparation. His deep knowledge of the faith groups, his phenomenal attention to detail, his pre-planning for the day (never have I seen such organizational skills!) and his sheer passion for what he believes in, was a true inspiration for all of us. Throughout the process, I never felt alone. And on the grand day itself, all the things we had worked towards unfolded beautifully. I have to say it was a lifetime experience I will never forget. Making connections with people working at the shelter, building bridges with other people of faith and establishing all that we have in common, it all brought tears to my eyes. And I'm so glad I did this. I hope to participate again and again, Lord willing.
AAI in San Jose is excellent. It's friendly and its outreach to the three Abrahamic communities is very effective. People fully enjoy doing the activities and want to come again. I've been involved for many years and always come away feeling very good.
I am a volunteer and also a donor. My previous work gave me quite a bit of experience with what's needed in an agency such as AAI and AAI is outstanding in all the important ways. Rod Cardoza is a superior leader.
The many hungry recipients of the meals we prepare are extremely grateful for the good nutrition we provide.
I met Rod Cordoza from AAi a couple of years back. Our first event was at a soup kitchen feeding the homeless. He is a very energetic and passionate person who has taken initiatives to build the bridges among the communities. He and AAI has been sponsoring several events a year with Evergreen Islamic Center and other Jewish Temples and Churches. This has brought the community together and initiated dialogs and reliance on each other during hard time. EIC members along with Rod visited several synagogues and expressed solidarity when there were shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue. Similarly we at Muslim community received support from our Jewish/Christian community during Christchurch shooting. I wholeheartedly support the initiatives of AAi and participate whenever I can. Organizations like these are the glue to build interfaith communities and remove any hate and xenophobias. So far AAi has been doing a great job and wish it continued success.
Envision a world where children of Abraham unite to save lives; where Jews, Christians and Muslims enjoy peaceful coexistence and mutual appreciation as our faith is deepened by meaningful encounters with each other; where understanding, humility and respect replace ignorance, arrogance and contempt; where diverse yet faithful worshipers of the God of Abraham move beyond dialogue to cooperative action, loving our neighbor together until the hungry are fed, the naked are clothed, the sick receive care and the orphan is raised with love, compassion and generosity. We envision a world where God's faithfulness to bless all nations through Abraham's offspring is expressed in wonderfully new and creative ways through Jews, Christians and Muslims striving to obey all that the prophets have spoken.
Shukria janaab! السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته
We had an wonderful interfaith event organized by AAi. Both adults and youth worked together and served at the local shelter. Amazing experience for everyone!! Keep up the good work!!
Thank you for your excellent leadership sister. جزاك اللهُ خيرًا
AAI promotes brotherly (and sisterly) love across religious boundaries. What more important thing than that. As a program, I joined them as we prepared and served food for homeless with combined Muslim-Jewish-Christian community. It was really inspiring, one of the most meaningful experiences of my life. Participating in a program like this should be a requirement for all world/ regional leaders of the world. I have donated to this program and intend to again. They truly stand out to me as unique, underfunded, and crucial for the future of humanity.
I've participated in several community service projects through Abrahamic Alliance International (AAi). These projects always include Muslims, Jews, and Christians doing service together. It has been a great experience every time. People of different faiths coming together to serve. It's about building bridges, not walls. I love it.
Thanks Mark. Your presence always helps make it a great experience for all who work with you. Looking fwd to serving again with you soon.
AAi is a unique organization that provides a channel through which diverse groups (Christian, Muslim and Jewish) get to know each other through their common desire to do social action. Your time investment in a social action project doubles as a social justice cause as the groups build bridges of understanding while feeding the homeless in the community. Its always an amazing, feel-good experience.
AAi provides an extraordinary mix if in-depth learning about each other's religion, history and traditions, and hands-on collaboration working shoulder to shoulder to help the poor and hungry in our local communities. The combination of learning, growing respect for each other and working together for the good of others leads t truly transformative experiences of growing understanding and mutual respect among neighbors.
I am honored to be part of the Abrahamic Alliance community. The relationships that have been formed through the events are not just transforming me and my perspective of Christian/Jewish/Muslim relationships, but it's clear to see AAi is transforming our community. Very few things are more impactful than true relationship and understanding between communities that could easily be in conflict. AAi is both beautiful and powerful. Please join us.
I have worked with AAi for many years. AAi is an incredible Nonprofit that build peace between major religions. They bring Muslim, Jewish and Christians together to work in a friendly environment to prepare food and serve the poor and needy as well as to get to know each other better. Our volunteers always look forward to the next AAi event to meet and work with other faiths community in a very organized environment.
AAI is an organization that is committed to bridging gaps, creating understanding of different faith traditions, and doing "hands on" community service. I've known Rod Cardoza for over 30 years, and can attest to his commitment and integrity. It has been a great honor to support this organization!
Timothy C. Stelling, BA, M.Div, LUTCF, IAR
The honor is all ours Tim. You are a great teacher!
Abrahamic Alliance International is an incredible nonprofit that builds peace between major world religions while serving the community. During a typical event, Jews, Muslims, and Christians meet to have interfaith discussion and connection. Afterwards we prepare and serve a kosher meal to the homeless alongside one another. But this isn’t all! Recently AAI has put together several classes to help different groups understand each other. I personally took the first “Understanding your Jewish Neighbors” class for Christians and was inspired to be more involved with the Jewish community.
This nonprofit is organic, peaceful, and growing fast!
Thank you Jason. You always bring so much joy and energy to our compassion events. We look fwd to serving with you again soon.
I first learned about AAi while working as a journalist in Santa Clara County in 2010, and I was excited to learn that a local organization was working to bring Jews, Christians, and Muslims together in the context of compassion. AAi’s vision extends far beyond Silicon Valley as well, and the organization does a wonderful job of empowering Abraham’s children to come together to serve the needy.
I appreciate AAi’s focus on education, bringing in top-notch scholars who are serious about their own faith to teach fellow members of their faith communities about their Abrahamic cousins. The organization has some wonderful online educational resources as well.
During these divisive times, it’s heartening that AAi continues to bring people of different faiths together to support the common good.
Thank you Jonathan. We are impressed by your long-standing commitment to build lasting bridges of understanding between Jews, Christians and Muslims through your literary talents as well! May your tribe increase!
I love being a part of AAi. Peace-building through relationships and education is vitally important in our world today. This organization is amazing at helping people grow to value, respect and understand each other. Much is needed in our world today. Respect and understanding are some of the most important values we can cultivate. AAi does just that in accessible ways.
May family and I have a great experience participating in the Abrahamic Alliance activities, i wish more people know about it and join it.
Your entire family is amazing. Thank you for your faithful service habibi.
AAi unites Jews, Christians and Muslims to serve the poor and builds bridges of understanding between the people of Abrahamic faiths. Rod Cardoza is a great person who works very hard to make AAi a very successful non-profit organization. I've participated for many years in AAi events to feed the poor people in Bay Area.
Abrahamic Alliance is a wonderful organization that promotes charity while fostering understanding among it's Christian, Muslim and Jewish volunteers. Preparing food for the local homeless population, members work hard, have fun and slowly build relationships that are based on a shared desire to help others. We started bringing our children from a very early age to help them appreciate God's bounty and learn to share it with others; and now I see the delight on their faces every time I tell them a new event is coming up. They beg us to attend and they are teenagers now! What more can I say?
Amazing work by the modern day version of Prophet Abraham brother Rod a man who I look up to and admire his work in poverty relief and bringing people of different faiths together. He is what we need more of today
I have worked with AAi for many years. They have been instrumental in bringing Muslims, Jews, and Christians together to serve the poor and needy. It's an amazing work they do. To see the news, you would think these three faith communities could never be together without fighting. AAi defies this stereotype and shows the love they have for each other. Wonderful organization with their heart in the right place.
As the outreach manager for West Valley Muslim Association (WVMA), I have been involved with Abrahamic Alliance for a few years. WVMA has participated in both feed the hungry and habitat for humanity type projects. Abrahamic Alliance is a great non-profit that brings Christians, Jews, and Muslims together to serve the needy neighbors as well as to get to know each other better. Our volunteers had nothing but praise for the organization from the way the charity events were organized to the way they were led by Rod Cardoza. Our community members look forward to the Abrahamic Alliance events and the spots fill up within a few days of advertising of the volunteer opportunity. Rod is a great leader and we consider him a good friend. May he be rewarded for all that he does. Amen.