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Winter 2021 Newsletter~ Transitions and New Opportunities

President’s Message The first months of 2021 have brought change to our national landscape and to the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. After being the voice of the Sisterhood for more than ten years, co-founder Sheryl Olitzky will be stepping down as executive director as of March 1. The Sisterhood will remain in good hands under the …

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Virtual Building Bridges 2020: Civil Rights and Racial Justice Journey

Virtual Building Bridges Trip 2020: Civil Rights & Racial Justice Journey During the summer of 2020, dozens of women joined us for a series of conversations in courage. Guided by Dr. Todd Allen, Vice President for Diversity Affairs and Professor at Messiah College, women examined key issues in the civilrights movement, including voter suppression, police …

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Building Bridges Trip 2020: Tuscon, Arizona Border Trip

Building bridges trip 2020: Tuscon, Arizona Border Trip The 2020 Building Bridges Trip grew directly out of the 2019 Building Bridges Trip to Germany & Poland. While still in Europe, and learning firsthand the results of unchecked hatred during the Holocaust, the participants vowed to organize a trip to the U.S./Mexican border. Our mission was …

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Spring 2019: Rise & Respond Training, Spring Celebrations, Annual Conference and New Staff!

Director’s Note It has been a busy first few months of 2019, with regional trainings, preparation for our Building Bridges trip, and increased resources and opportunities for learning and connecting! We are dismayed and disturbed by recent attacks on our houses of worship. These acts of cowardice go against everything we stand for and are devastating …

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Winter 2019 Newsletter: Sisterhood Growth, Day of Service, Teen Chapters and Earth Day Plans!

Director’s Note You made 2018 an exciting year for the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom! Thanks to you, we expanded to over 170 chapters in 32 states, Canada, and Washington, DC, and we have many more on the way in both new and existing locations! We also launched our initiative for teen girls, welcoming chapters for teens in …

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Unexpected Sisterhood in Machu Picchu, Peru

Of all the places in the world, the encounter of two Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom sisters at the UNESCO site of Machu Picchu, Peru! It was the last day of our four day trip to Pueblo Machu Picchu. On this last day, my brother, Viquar, and I revisited the Machu Picchu site, to take one last …

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Getting Past Hate: How Two Women of Different Faiths Are Starting a Movement

Next Tribe‘s Eileen Stukane covers the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom in a July 3 article. She writes: Amidst the crudités and tasty Vidalia onion dip that hostess Fern Jurgrau-Schiffman had set out, Adla Karim placed baklava she had just made in her kitchen. Other women in this living-room meeting of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom had tasted …

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May Newsletter: Conference Registration, New Video Resources and Civil Rights Trip

Director’s Note 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 …

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Three Generations of Women Creating Peace

We are honored that three generations of the Fishman-Belkin family are a part of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom®! Grandmother Janet Belkin is a member of the Tucson, Arizona chapter. Kira Belkin and her daughters Talia and Ruth live in central New Jersey.  Kira is a member and co-leader of a Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom® chapter …

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March Newsletter: Our Terrific Teens, Chapter Round-Up, and New Resources

Director’s Note March has been a busy month here at the Sisterhood of Salaam Salaam. Our members have been featured in the news from Washington State to Virginia to New York and beyond, and most recently, our teen chapters were featured in national and international outlets! March has also seen a rising up of the …

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