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1. Antisemitism and Islamophobia: Differences and Parallels
Dr. Mehnaz Afridi is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and the Director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center at Manhattan College. Mehnaz teaches contemporary Islam and the Holocaust and is deeply invested in interfaith work both in her scholarship and her work at the center. She is the author of The Shoah Through Muslim Eyes.
2. Can you Hear Us Now? How to have a ‘Voice’ in Mainstream Media
Dr. Sahar Khamis is a public speaker, media commentator, Human Rights Commissioner, and radio host. Sahar is Associate Professor of Communication and an Affiliate Professor of Women’s Studies. Her area of expertise is Arab and Muslim media, with a special focus on cyberactivism and gender activism.
3. Create A Voice: A Hands-On Creative Art Workshop
Nazli Chaudhry, an exploratory visual artist and community organizer and chapter member who is active in interfaith relations and in the promotion of peace, human rights, social justice and understanding, is inspired by nature and the divine force that connects us all and uses her artistic skills to explore ways to connect with our spirit and creative talent to find inspiration and hope. Join Nazli for a hands-on creative art workshop.
4. Developing and Managing Our Chapter: Engaging with Kavanah/Niyya
In this special workshop for chapter co-leaders and members, join Judy Mannaberg-Goldman, Kiffaya Haj, and Mahela Morrow-Jones, co-leaders of the Santa Barbara 1 Chapter.
5. Feminism, Faith, and Freedom: The Power of Commonality, The Dignity of Difference
Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founding editor of Ms. magazine, author of eleven books, and national lecturer, is also a lifelong political and social activist with a special interest in feminism, contemporary Jewish life, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
6. Leading the Israel-Palestine Conversation with Courage and Wisdom
Rabbi Amy Eilberg was the first woman ordained as a Conservative rabbi. Amy is the Coordinator of Jewish Engagement, a multifaith, multiracial social justice organization in the San Francisco Bay Area, the author of From Enemy To Friend, a Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom chapter member and facilitator of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue.
7. Meeting This Moment: Lessons from Activists, Artists and Media Makers in Trump’s America
Edina Lekovic is a leading voice on American Muslims and an inter-community builder between diverse faith traditions. She is a communications strategist and is co-founder and board member of New Ground: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change. She is an activist and host of the Meet the Moment podcast. Edina is a regular voice on leading media outlets, including CNN, FOX News, Huffington Post, NPR and Buzzfeed. In 2015, Edina was named one of LA’s 10 Women Gamechangers by Los Angeles Magazine. She was also named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre.
During this workshop, keynote speaker Edina Lekovic will share a mix of insights from guests from her podcast Meeting the Moment about how to find opportunity within a crisis or challenge and lessons from her own two-decade career as a activist, media commentator and an interfaith community builder who has experienced firsthand the truth behind Winston Churchill’s words: “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”
8. Rights of Religious Minorities in the Workplace: How to Make Sure There is a Level Playing Field and that your Faith and Religious Practice Don’t Set you Back at Work
Kathleen Peratis, is a senior law partner in the New York law firm Outten & Golden LLP where she heads its Sexual Harassment Practice Group and its Pro Bono Committee. The firm limits its practice to representation of individuals and classes in claims regarding their employment. Ms. Peratis has represented hundreds of claimants of gender, religious and other discrimination in the workplace. She and her firm are particularly committed to offering representation to Muslims and Jews who experience discrimination at work on account of their faith or religious practice. In 1974, she succeeded Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Kathleen was seen in the recent RBG documentary) as the director of the Women’s Rights Division of the American Civil Liberties Union in New York where she represented plaintiffs across the country in constitutional challenges to gender discrimination.
9. Responding to Hate and Being An Ally
Melanie Robbins is the Associate Regional Director at ADL, responsible for strategy and implementation of regional initiatives to secure justice and fair treatment for all, building bridges with wide range of community stakeholders including engagement across diverse range of interfaith and inter group communities.
Mohamed Abubakr is a Sudanese human rights activist and peacemaker with a decade and a half of civil society experience. He has founded and led organizations and initiatives focused on humanitarian, human rights, youth empowerment and peace programs across the Middle East and Africa.
10. Sarah and Hajar: Encountering our Mothers
Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and a Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Board member. She has created groundbreaking retreats for Muslim and Jewish emerging religious leaders and is the author of Strangers, Neighbors, Friends: Muslim-Christian-Jewish Reflections on Compassion and Peace.
Dr. Sahar Barbara Rosenow von Schlegell is a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Jewish Studies at Dartmouth College. She formerly taught in the Departments of Religious Studies and History of the University of Pennsylvania and is the author of Principles of Sufism: Al-Qushairi’s Risala and Muslim Women throughout the World.
11. Teen Workshop: Raising Your Voice as a Teen Leader
Sara Crowe is the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Project Director for Teen Engagement. Growing up, Sara always had an interest in being a part of Jewish education and interfaith dialogue, beginning with teaching the meaning of Hanukkah at her elementary school! Since then, Sara has learned and finessed the finer parts of program planning and experiential education, thanks to her excellent college major, summer camp staffing, and various other internships and volunteering with the sisterhood.
12. They Said What?! Responding Respectfully to Offensive Comments
Janet Penn founded Youth LEAD (Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences) and was its Executive Director from 1999-2014. Youth LEAD gives high school students the skills to facilitate dialogue across identity divides and to organize for social change. As Project Director of Training and Resource Development for the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, she is developing an online resource library, videos, monthly webinars for Sisterhood co-leaders, and on-site regional trainings across the country. The first video series and written materials, “Skills for Engaging in Difficult Conversations” is currently available online. Janet hopes these resources will give chapter leaders and members the tools and support they need to enhance their Sisterhood experience, as well as guide new chapters as they develop. If you have ideas for how she can best help your chapter thrive, please seek her out during the conference or contact her at email@example.com. Janet received her MBA and MSW from Boston College and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the Episcopal Divinity School. She has been honored for her work by Facing History and Ourselves, The Commission on the Status of Women in Massachusetts, New England Rotary, and KISS 108 FM. Janet is also a cellist, a singer, and avid outdoorswoman.
13. Using Online Communities to #RaiseYourVoice
Amanda Quraishi is a digital media strategist, writer, public speaker and activist who has been involved with interfaith engagement locally and nationally (with a special focus on Muslim-Jewish relations) for over a decade. She is a passionate defender of women’s rights and a promoter of social justice. She is also a Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Advisory Board Member. Amanda was recently selected to be fellow of the Facebook Community Leadership Program representing the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom.
14. Woman Up and Step into your Power
Do you feel invisible? At times, your presence not noticed? Your words falling on deaf ears? Or perhaps you feel powerless and not like the Leader you ought to be? Well here’s your chance to learn about how to step up your leadership and boost your impact, through living authentically. We will examine our thoughts, attitudes, habits and the lies we tell ourselves. Join your sisters in faith as you “Woman Up and Step into your Power!”
Nadia Hassan, MBA is a Social Strategist for young people and a Community Organizer within the Democratic Party. A California girl and daughter of a US Marine, Nadia is the Founder and Executive Director of Young Leaders Institute, a youth leadership platform and network connector that empowers youth toward social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Nadia has an MBA from Bentley University, where she did her thesis in Islamic Finance and Sustainable Economics. In 2011, Nadia founded the interfaith Villa Park Peace Coalition to counteract the hate and anti-Muslim bigotry coming from the Tea Party in Orange County. Nadia led The Coalition to a victory which resulted in the dismissal of an elected Council member from the GOP. Nadia’s political activism gained her media attention C-SPAN, CNN, USA Today, Al-Jazeerah, and the Washington Post and others, as well as Board and committee appointees with numerous interfaith organizations.
Nadia is currently a media contributor and has appeared on TV and radio shows such as The Heat, Open Lens, Sputnik Radio, and US Arab Radio. As a peace and justice advocate, Nadia uses her national platform to fervently speak out against the systemic racism and the religious intolerance that is currently plaguing our communal and political spheres. As a political consultant, Nadia supports the campaigns of Democratic candidates who represent equity for all of their constituents. Nadia serves on the Prince George’s County Muslim Council and is a National Committee Board Member to the Muslim Caucus of America. Most recently, Nadia became a Commissioner appointee to the governor of Maryland’s Commission on African and Middle Eastern American Affairs.