November 10 - 12, 2023
Overland Park, KS
Midwest Regional Conference
We are thrilled to invite you to our first Midwest Regional Conference!
The conference will be held at Johnson County Community College Main Campus, 12345 College Blvd, Overland Park, KS 66210.
Pre-Conference Events will be held on Friday and Saturday with locations to be announced soon!
Tickets will be limited so make sure to get yours early! This will be an in-person event only.
Wendy Goldberg is a founding board member and the Executive Director of Tri-Faith Initiative, which brings a synagogue, church, mosque, and interfaith center together on one 38-acre campus in Omaha, Nebraska. From this intentionally diverse space, they bridge divides among three faith communities, neighbors throughout their larger local community, and, increasingly, people across the U.S. and around the world.
For more than 15 years she has worked with clergy, lay leaders, social sector and nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and local educators to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. Wendy leads from her value of courageous living. She is deeply passionate about how we can understand ourselves and our neighbors better, adapting to meet the needs of our community.
This keynote speaker is sponsored by Debra and Ben (z"l) Rubin and Family.
Jenan Mohajir is the Senior Director of Special Projects for Interfaith America. In her role, Jenan Mohajir focuses on building strategic relationships and programs with new partners across IA’s emerging sectors. Inspired by faith and family to work for change at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and religion, Jenan has served in leadership IA for 15 years where she has trained hundreds of interfaith leaders from diverse backgrounds to foster a vision and practice of civically engaged interfaith leadership. Jenan completed undergraduate work at DePaul University and is pursuing her MA in religious studies at Chicago Theological Seminary. As a natural storyteller, she performs with 2nd Story, Chicago’s premier storytelling company. Jenan proudly lives on the south side of Chicago with her children and loves to collect vintage children’s books.
Join us for a day dedicated to gathering with fellow sisters, developing new skills, learning from renowned experts, and doing your part in creating a just, peaceful, and inclusive world.
What you can expect
Workshops - building and expanding on our work and looking at how each of us brings a unique perspective to build our collective strength. Topics will include how to dialogue on difficult topics, how to be an upstander to anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish bigotry, poetry and reproductive health - all to empower participants to become leaders and take action.
Vendor Fair Marketplace with local proprietors and exciting products that our Sisters will love!
Networking and Building Relationships from across the Sisterhood in small group discussions on the day of the conference plus an additional opportunity at a Welcome Event on Saturday evening!
How Culture Wars In Schools Are Affecting Religious Minorities And What You Can Do About It
Sofia Ali Khan
Israel/Palestine: Personal Narratives and Sharing
American Friends of the Parents Circle
On March 5th, 2023, The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, in conjunction with The American Friends of the Parents' Circle, hosted an International Women's Day event featuring two grieving women, one Palestinian and one Israeli. These amazing women share their stories of loss and their journey to peace. We will watch this program together and then spend time using guided facilitation with our partners from New Ground discussing your thoughts and feelings as well as learn how to dialogue by sharing your personal stories.
Abortion Bans: Reproductive Health in Judaism and Islam
Maharat Rori Picker Neiss & Asifa Quraishi-Landes
Clergy from a variety of faith traditions have joined together in a lawsuit challenging the state of Missouri and its abortion ban as a violation of the Separation of Church and State. Maharat Rori Picker Neiss is one of the plaintiffs in this lawsuit. Join us for a discussion about this lawsuit and a deep dive into what Judaism and Islam say about abortion and reproductive health.
Making Sense of Spiritual Experiences: Writing to Understand the Self
How do we write about experiences that have shaped our spiritual journey or religious identity? How do we know which events and moments have shaped us and how to connect those experiences to reveal their impact in our poem, essay, or story? In this workshop, participants will reflect on significant moments of their spiritual/religious lives and engage in exercises that will help piece them together to see where the heart of their story lies!
“Choosing my favorite part of the conference is so difficult! Keynote speakers were great and the choice of breakout programs was wonderful!” ~2021 Conference Participant
Friday and Saturday Activities
- Jum'mah Prayers will be held at 2:00pm. All are welcome to attend! Please come earlier as the parking lot fills up quickly! Details will be provided at registration.
- Shabbat Dinner and service will be held on Friday evening. Details to follow. All are welcome to attend!
- There will be an opportunity for sisters to attend a Shabbat morning service at a local synagogue. There will be Shabbat friendly activities in the afternoon so people can meet and connect with one another. Activities may include yoga, meditation, sharing stories, songs and more.
- Stay tuned for information on our Saturday evening conference kick-off.
Conference attendees are also welcome to explore the Greater Kansas City area. There are many fabulous art galleries, The Plaza, Crown Center (home of Hallmark!) and much more!
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (https://www.nelson-atkins.org/)
Check back often to see more details around the events to be held on these two days!
Schedule is subject to change. Please note all times are Central Daylight Time.
8:00am Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:15 Conference Welcome
9:45 Keynote Speaker
10:30 Intentional Networking
11:00 Keynote Speaker
11:45 Lunch, Marketplace Open, Prayer
2:45 Call to Action
3:00 Small Group Networking
3:20 Special Closing Ceremony
4:00 Closing Prayer
“There is something in the air – the sense of power and possibility – I always leave the conference feeling energized, inspired, and ready to take on the world.” ~Lisa
Show Us Your Sisterhood Spirit!
Our "From Dialogue to Action" Conference scarf is available for pre-order! This beautiful poly-chiffon scarf with grey-thread finished edges is 16" wide by 72" long. All pre-orders will be available for pick-up at the conference. Make sure to order yours today for special pre-conference pricing!
Sponsoring this year's conference enables this important event to be accessible to the greatest number of people possible, allowing supporters to join us from around the globe as we spend the day learning from experts and engaging in this critical work.
Since 2014, our annual conference has been the largest, North American-based gathering for Muslim and Jewish women and allies seeking to build community, develop skills, and advocate for an end to discrimination, prejudice, and hate. Your support helps ensure that conference attendees will take home new tools to further prepare themselves to advocate, educate, and become leaders on the front lines against ignorance and bigotry.
Through joining us as a sponsor for From Dialogue to Action, you’re signaling your commitment to interfaith engagement, to building just and inclusive communities, and to seeking peace, not only to hundreds of conference attendees but to all who participate in our work.
If traveling by air to the conference, please note the closest airport to fly into is Kansas City International Airport (MCI), Missouri. As we get closer, we will give driving directions to the hotel as well.
Double Tree by Hilton Kansas City - Overland Park
10100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210
The Sisterhood has secured a rate of $144/night plus tax for non-smoking rooms. Use the link below to reserve your room today! Discounted rate is available until October 11, 2023.