URI Founder and Executive Director Honored for Humanitarian Work

24 August 2017, 7:47 AM

Learn more about the event on its webpage here.

On Tuesday, August 29 at 7:00 pm, Salem Daoud, Yezidi Mir (head Yezidi religious leader for the U.S. and Canada) will address a sold-out crowd at Peninsula Sinai Congregation in Foster City, CA regarding the plight of his people and hope for the future.

Following Mr. Daoud’s remarks, the Beyond Genocide Campaign will present Humanitarian Hero Awards to the following religious leaders for their role in the Beyond Genocide Campaign and related efforts:


• Rev. Victor Kazanjian, Jr., Executive Director, United Religions Initiative with over 883 Cooperation Circles in 102 countries around the globe.

• Bishop William E. Swing (in absentia), founder and President, United Religions Initiative with over 883 Cooperation Circles in 102 countries around the globe.

• Rabbi Marvin Goodman, Executive Director (retired), Board of Rabbis of Northern California; Rabbi-in-Residence (retired), Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; Administrator, Beyond Genocide Yezidi Campaign.

• Fatih Ates, Executive Director, Pacifica Institute of San Francisco and the East Bay; board member, San Francisco Interfaith Council


Beyond Genocide Campaign Statement: http://www.norcalrabbis.org/yezidis/

Gala information: http://www.norcalrabbis.org/yezidis/gala/

Thumbnail on Yezidis facing genocide: http://www.norcalrabbis.org/yezidis/who-are-the-yezidis/

Extensive information about Yezidis and Chaldean Assyrians facing genocide: https://www.yezidis-assyrians.org/


MEDIA ATTENDANCE AT THE GALA: To attend the Gala, you must pre-register and be prepared to present a press pass when you enter the hall. To pre-register, email BeyondGenocideCampaign@gmail.com with your name, the name of the press organization, and a mobile phone number where you can receive and return a text to verify your identity.

MEDIA INTERVIEWS: Yezidi leaders will be available for interview in San Bruno on Tuesday, August 29 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm and on Wednesday August 30 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. We will do our best to accommodate requests for television recordings in studio in San Francisco on Wednesday.