It has been a busy month here at the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom! Nearly 200 women attended leadership trainings in Manhattan and Metro DC, new chapters have been launched in places as diverse as South Florida, Palo Alto, and Chicago, and nearly 100 new women have requested to join chapters across the country. It’s clear to us that especially in these dark days, the desire for the work that the Sisterhood does is as strong as ever. Thank you for all you do each and every day to be a source of hope and inspiration for each other.
We welcome your feedback and hope you will send individual and chapter updates to Samantha at email@example.com.
Sheryl Olitzky, Co-founder and Executive Director
Gathering to Share Our Stories
On two recent Sundays, one in the Metro DC area and the second in Manhattan, 175 sisters took part in leadership and communication trainings. Led by Janet Penn, Project Director for Training and Resource Development, the afternoon allowed women to reflect on and build skills around engaging in difficult conversations.
Interactive activities gave sisters new insight into the importance of self-reflection when discussing hot-button topics, how to craft questions that can help one understand someone with a very different perspective, and how listening for feelings and values, in addition to positions, can deepen the conversation.
Sisters Rising Up Against Hate: Toronto
On January 29, 2017, six Muslim men were murdered at a mosque in Quebec. In commemoration of their lives, sisters from the Toronto chapter of the Sisterhood created a 29 Letters of Love campaign, asking Jewish men, women and children to speak out against the act of hate. The chapter published the letters online in a YouTube video you can view and share.
Spreading Hope in Bergen County
Recently, the Bergen County chapter was featured in a video about their Tzedakah/Sadaqa project. The segment highlighted the Christmas meal chapter members served at the men’s shelter of the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Paterson. They interviewed co-leader Arwen Kuttner and recapped the origins of the national Sisterhood movement. Read more and watch a short video.
Getting the Word Out in Richmond
Richmond, Virginia chapter member Erin Mahone educates the public in her article about the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom for Boomer Magazine. Read the article.
Publication of Videos and Resource Guides
We’re excited to announce the launch of resources to support co-leaders and chapter members. These will include a series of short educational videos and corresponding guides to cover a series of topics that our members have requested. Beginning March 4, look for these videos to be available under the Resources section on the SOSS website.
The first set of videos will focus on an Overview of Educational Resources, which will include a description of the tools and support available for new and existing chapters, and an Introduction to Difficult Conversations.
Stay tuned for the launch of additional videos!
- May 6: Chicago
- June 24: New Jersey
- More locations to be announced
Mark your calendars! Please plan to join us on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania (outside of Philadelphia). A special pre-conference concert and dessert reception will take place on the evening of November 3.