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ABRAHAMIC ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL INC

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Services, Interfaith Coalitions, Philanthropy, Religion, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Unite Jews, Christians and Muslims for active peacebuilding and poverty relief

Target demographics: Jews, Christians and Muslims unite for active peacebuilding and poverty relief

Geographic areas served: San Francisco Bay Area and beyond

Programs: Abrahamic Compassion: United over 10,000 Jews, Christians & Muslims to serve the homeless & hungry at soup kitchens & family shelters in the San Francisco Bay Area and Phoenix, Arizona. Peacebuilding Education: Trained and educated over 2,000 Jews, Christians and Muslims to better understand each other and collaborate together in poverty relief

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Take Care!

Sincerely,

Daniel Dresser

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abrahamicalliance 11/06/2019

Thank you Dan. It's been such a pleasure to work with YOU!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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abrahamicalliance 11/06/2019

Shukria janaab! السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!!

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abrahamicalliance 11/06/2019

Thank you for your excellent leadership sister. جزاك اللهُ خيرًا

2 David R.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 iris1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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

3 Jason H.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

4 Jonathan P.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

May family and I have a great experience participating in the Abrahamic Alliance activities, i wish more people know about it and join it.

Salah Hamed

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abrahamicalliance 11/06/2019

Your entire family is amazing. Thank you for your faithful service habibi.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

4 Musab A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.