April has been full of activity across North America. Sisters joined together on our recent Building Bridges trip to meet with civil rights leaders in the American South, and we’ve launched registration for our 2018 national conference! We have also released the next video, “Listening with Compassion,”in our resource library.
As always, thank you for your continued commitment to peace, to community building, and to one another! We welcome your feedback and hope you will send individual and chapter updates to our amazing Director of Chapter Expansion, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheryl Olitzky, Co-Founder and Executive Director
2018 Conference Registration is Now Open!
This November 4, join over 600 Muslim and Jewish women to #RaiseYourVoice! We will be raising our voices at our national conference to declare that love is stronger than hate.
Spend the day with top peace and social justice advocates learning, connecting, and building the skills necessary to advocate for peaceful Muslim-Jewish relations. Keynote speakers will include Marianne Williamson, internationally acclaimed author; Edina Lecovic, the leading voice on America Muslims and interfaith advocate; and Joseph Levin Jr., co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The conference sells out quickly every year. Register today to reserve your place. This year, the conference will be held on November 4 from 9:30 am to 4 pm at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. If you need hotel accommodations, please take advantage of the group reservation rate at the Hampton Inn in Warrington, Pennsylvania.
Save the date for information on a pre-conference dessert reception and concert on Saturday evening, November 3. Details to follow!
50 Sisters Join Powerful Social Justice Journey
Last month, nearly 50 Muslim and Jewish sisters from Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom® chapters across the country traveled together on a powerful and life-changing civil rights and social justice journey through the American South. On this trip, sisters learned from history and from civil rights leaders about raising our voices, about the power of love over hate, how to peacefully stand up against hate, and examples of how to create positive change in our shared world.
Beginning in Atlanta and traveling through Montgomery and Memphis, the group of women visited sites and museums, met with civil rights leaders, participated in community building activities and attended prayer together.
The trip was transformative with each participant returning home to their community as a changed person with an intense drive to work to put an end to hate of the other. Some trip highlights included visiting the Martin Luther King Center and the Ebenezer Church; singing with an original Freedom Singer; attending the opening ceremony of the Equal Justice Initiative Memorial and walking through the newly opened lynching memorial; learning from the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center; visiting the Rosa Parks Museum and the Holt Street and First Street Baptist Churches; working together to rebuild a home with Montgomery Habitat for Humanity; learning about forgiveness from the friends and relatives of the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham; walking arm in arm across the Edmund Pettus bridge; attending Jummah prayer and Shabbat services with local community members; and visiting the National Civil Rights Museum.
The experience was moving: an exploration of faith, forgiveness, hate, reconciliation, leadership, courage, and the ever-present need, through the past and into the present, to pursue justice for all. For details and daily photos, please spend some time reading Heba Macksoud’s posts on the Sisterhood Facebook page.
Launch of New Video: Listening with Compassion
So often, we come together eager to engage in dialogue and discussion, but listening is a skill that requires more than just desire. Our most recent video and our helpful written resources guide you through the skills and reflections needed to be an active, compassionate, respectful listener.
We hope you’ll take the time to explore these resources and cultivate these skills in your chapter, and in your own relationships. Sisters who have engaged in compassionate listening activities at our regional trainings have reported that these lessons are great for communicating not just within chapters or religious communities — but with spouses, parents, and children too!