Community News (V13-I51)
Salman Khan, of Khan Academy, is commencement speaker at MIT
Laurels keep on coming the way of Khan Academy founder Salman Khan. He has now been selected as the commencement speaker at his alma mater MITâ€™s commencement ceremonies in June 2012. According to the student newspaper he will be the youngest commencement speaker in at least 30 years.
Salman Khan obtained two bachelors and a masterâ€™s degree from MIT before finishing his MBA from Harvard.
The hugely popular website now hosts over 2700 instructional videos in topics ranging from basic algebra to thermodynamics to art history, in addition to online exercises and drills.
Khan Academy, which offers its services for free, is supported by donations; among others, Google has promised to contribute $2 million, while the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed to $1.5 million.
Muslim run food pantry in Bronx to close
BRONX,NY–A food pantry run by Muslims in Bronx will close unless they receive a rush of donations. The Muslim Womenâ€™s Initiative for Research and Development has been feeding more than 10,000 people through its two pantries which have been serving as a lifeline to the needy and destitute. But the current economic downturn combined with an increase in requests are taking its toll on the initiative.
â€˜A 70% slump in donations and a more than 50% increase in demand for services this year has put the organization $48,000 in the hole,â€™ said its executive director Nurah Amaâ€™tullah in an interview to the Daily News.
â€œThis is very important for me,â€ said Antonia Cruz, 52, an out-of-work mother of five. â€œThe food is very good. I donâ€™t have public assistance. I hope they donâ€™t close.â€
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Irfan Khan joins Phoenixville School Board
PHOENIXVILLE,PA–Irfan Khan took his seat as the new member of the Phoenixville School Board on December 5. He was elected unopposed in October. His term lasts four years and he said he is looking forward for productive term.
Khan has extensive experience in the area of finance and would be able to provide a vast knowledge of management of funds and investments to the local school board, according to an endorsement he received from the Democratic Committee.
Khan has served as a volunteer with a number of charitable organizations in the greater Phoenixville area.
Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha makes historic land purchase
OMAHA– Representatives of Temple Israel, the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture (AIISC) and the Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha today announced each of the four entities has purchased land at 132nd and Pacific Streets in Omaha. The four parcels, totaling approximately 35 acres, will be the future site of the Tri-Faith neighborhood.
This unique project, the first of its kind in the world, deliberately co-locates a synagogue, church and mosque. The site plan also includes aTri-Faith Center with social, educational and conference facilities enabling global study and communication.
â€œExperience teaches us that interaction can transform intolerance, ignorance and fear into understanding, respect and trust,â€ said Bob Freeman, Tri-Faith Initiative Board Chairman. â€œThese basic values are shared by the three Abrahamic faiths and are rooted in our Midwestern culture.â€
The Tri-Faith Initiative and the three religious groups each raised funds and purchased their own parcel of land. Additional funds will be raised to underwrite design and construction costs. The first building is expected to be completed in 2013.