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    Our Teen Program

    Our teen program invites Muslim and Jewish girls to foster strong friendships that inspire a commitment to standing up for one another and fighting bias and hate in their own communities. Teens participate in national, online programming and local service and social events. The program creates long-lasting friendships between teens of all ages and from many different places. 

    About Sisterhood Teen Chapters

    Teen chapters, which are teen-led and supported by regular check-ins with staff and peers, offer girls opportunities to create bonds and serve local communities in various ways. Examples of past service activities include creating lesson plans on difference and identity for schools, designing an outdoor classroom for a local elementary school, and organizing donation drives and fundraisers to support refugees, survivors of domestic violence, and other at-risk communities. Chapters hold discussions on religious traditions, similarities and differences between the two faiths, and other issues of shared interest, celebrate one another’s holidays together, and participate in social activities, like movie nights and ice skating.

    We also have a National Teen Leadership Board, which brings together a select group of teens to collaborate with peer leaders from across the country to design and implement programs and receive training from experts in leadership development and cross-cultural communication skills.

    If you would like to get involved, please email [email protected]!


    "My Sisterhood experience has encouraged me to continue to get to know people personally, hear their stories, and understand their journeys."

    "As a Muslim girl, it has always been harder to fit in and fully embrace my religion in a town where I am a minority. As a member of the Sisterhood for more than two years, I’ve embraced my religion more than ever. With great role models and close friends of both faiths in SOSS, I am more than happy to share my beliefs. I can now say that I am confident and proud of my religion and what I stand for because of my supportive sisters. They have helped me grow and learn to stand up for injustice against those of any faith."

    "The Sisterhood helps a girl, Jewish or Muslim, feel respected, appreciated, and welcomed. The members of a chapter help one connect with one’s religion in an open, relaxed environment. These women have displayed strength, confidence, and acceptance in so many ways that I admire."

    "​​Joining the sisterhood was a monumental occasion in my journey as a Muslim-American. Before my sophomore year of high school, I had never heard of the organization and I was weary of its perspective and message. Growing up, especially as a Palestinian, I had felt consistently isolated by other communities and groups…Learning of the Sisterhood and its mission reignited a sense of passion and belonging in me."

    "​​The Sisterhood’s message of unconditional acceptance and love in both the Muslim and Jewish communities shocked and amazed me. I could never have imagined such an organization could not only exist, but thrive. The continuous expansion and growth of this organization inspires me to take real action in my community and in the world. I now have a responsibility to myself - and to others like me - to take a stand against the common injustices that plague Jews and Muslims alike."

    "​​Being in the Sisterhood has truly solidified my confidence in my faith and in my continuous mission to bridge gaps and cross boundaries when it comes to social action and awareness. Taking part in the Sisterhood is so much more than a few meetings tied with a label - it is a national stance taken by each and every member to never stop striving for equality and justice for all."

    "​​It is so essential for me to have a pathway towards social action and discussion in my life. I could not imagine my life without the Sisterhood and all the ways it has shifted and advanced my social and political mindset. In today’s political climate, it is more important than ever to stay open-minded and willing to hear different perspectives; for me, the Sisterhood did just that. SOSS is the tool I will continue to use in order to grow, learn, share, and fight; the uphill battle in front of me will be waiting. "

    National Teen Leadership Board

    In the spring of 2021, the Sisterhood convened its inaugural cohort of the National Teen Leadership Board. Each year, a select group of teens is invited to collaborate with peer leaders from across the country to design and implement programs where fellow Jewish and Muslim girls can come together, learn about one another, and explore the intersections of their identities across faith, ethnicity, race, nationality, and other lines of difference.

    National Teen Board members receive training from experts in various fields within the nonprofit sector and cultivate leadership and cross-cultural communications skills. They gain valuable insight into the workings of a women-led organization and spearhead teen-designed and teen-led projects that contribute substantially to the future of the teen Sisterhood program. Ultimately, their work will craft pathways for themselves and other young leaders to build bridges of interfaith understanding and use those relationships as a foundation upon which they can work collaboratively toward the establishment of more inclusive, peaceful communities.

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    Leen Alawneh

    Leen Alawneh is a proud Muslim and a high school senior in Sterling, VA. Some of her extracurricular activities include fencing and Girl Scouts. She has completed both her Bronze and Silver Awards in Girl Scouts and is continuing towards her Gold Award. One of her favorite places in the world is Jordan, where her family is from! In her free time, she enjoys drawing, painting, hiking, and watching Netflix. Leen participates as a sister in the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom in hopes of promoting peace and a positive image for Jewish and Muslim women alike. As a National Teen Leadership Board member, she hopes to continue building connections throughout the country between Muslim and Jewish women. She also hopes to reach and serve more communities through this position. 

    Madi Borer
    Madison Borer

    Madi Borer (she/her), is a Jewish high school student from Hillsborough, NJ going into senior year and a new member of the National Teen Leadership Board. She  likes creative writing, reading, music, Taylor Swift, and spending time outside. She is a peer mentor and tutor and works at her synagogue's Hebrew school. The Sisterhood is an organization that has introduced her to so many wonderful people and opened her mind to so many ideas. As a chapter leader, Madi has begun to feel so much more comfortable with leadership, and she is excited to expand that on the National Board! She is excited to learn more about the cultures within the Sisterhood, understand new things, and make awesome new friends!

    Elianna Calicchio
    Elianna Calicchio

    Elianna Calicchio is a rising junior from Bedminster, New Jersey. She is a Jewish member of her local Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom chapter. She enjoys theater, dancing, baking, and helping those in need. She participates in her school’s Key Club and Best Buddies board, and she is also a peer leader. With her fellow Teen Board members, Elianna hopes to get more people involved in the Sisterhood, help create more community activities, and have lots of fun in the process! 

    Feride Cosar
    Feride Cosar

    Feride Cosar is a Muslim teen and a high school senior currently living in NYC. She enjoys writing monthly articles for the school newspaper and hanging out with her friends in the city! She loves to read novels, listen to Turkish soft rock bands, draw/paint, and take pictures of her surroundings. Yearly, Feride joins the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards to see what other artists and writers around the country have also created. Her favorite food is definitely Mediterranean, given that she adores her grandmother’s home cooking and was born and raised in Turkey. 

    Feride was introduced to the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom during the 2019 annual Sisterhood Conference. Joining events and collaborating with her co-leader, friends, and mentors has been a very insightful experience. By being part of the National Teen Leadership Board, Feride hopes to present new ideas, add depth to her networking skills, and form stronger relationships with the people in the Sisterhood.   

    Delia Erb Wagner
    Delia Erb-Wagner

    Delia Erb-Wagner is a Jewish high school junior from Hillsborough, NJ. In school, she is a member of the PUSH/Rebel Club, the Interact Club, and PALS Club. Outside of school, Delia serves on the board of her temple’s youth group and as the Southern Engagement VP for the Garden Empire region of NFTY (The Reform Jewish Youth Movement). 

    Joining the Sisterhood has helped Delia connect with people of the same and different religions and to better understand the people around her. She has enjoyed serving the community, learning more about different cultures, and gaining friendships! Delia is excited to join the National Teen Leadership Board and is looking forward to spreading the Sisterhood further.

    Sarah Feinberg
    Sarah Feinberg

    Sarah Feinberg from Newton, Massachusetts and is a first-year student at Tufts University. She is the Jewish co-leader of the Greater Boston Area teen chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. Outside of the Sisterhood, Sarah was an editor of her high school's newspaper and a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee at her school. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and hiking. 

    She is passionate about social justice, learning, and community service, and during her time with the Sisterhood, she has learned so much from bringing members of the Muslim and Jewish communities together as a community. She really enjoyed her experience on the National Teen Leadership Board’s education subcommittee last year, and she is very excited to return as a member of the Board for an additional term. During her time on the Board this year, she hopes to continue to provide opportunities for building connections.

    Rena Hammerman
    Rena Hammerman

    Rena Hammerman is a Jewish 10th grader from Westchester, New York. She loves to travel, spend time outdoors and hang out with friends. In school, she is a part of student government and leads the baking club. Outside of school, she attends Camp Ramah in the Rockies and is a lifeguard and a tutor. 

    For most of her life, Rena has been mostly involved with Jewish organizations. She is excited for the opportunity to broaden her circle. This is Rena's first year with the Sisterhood, and she is looking forward to meeting people with perspectives and backgrounds different from her own. She is excited to join this wonderful community!

    Lila Handelman
    Lila Handelman

    Lila Handelman is a Jewish high school junior in Phoenix, Arizona. She writes for the school newspaper and helps lead a chemistry club at school. After school, she co-teaches an art class at her former elementary school. She enjoys babysitting and playing with kids. In her free time, she loves to cook, paint, and spend time with friends. 

    She joined the Sisterhood because she is passionate about creating spaces where Jewish and Muslim women can unite and empower each other while honoring their similarities and differences. Through her position on the Leadership Board, she hopes to engage in illuminating discussions with her peers and promote empathy and connection between other Jewish and Muslim youth. 

    Rachel Katzke
    Rachel Katze

    Rachel is a senior from Westchester, New York. Rachel is involved in many activities including working as a camp counselor, serving as a youth court judge in her town, and serving as an ambassador for the arts.

    Rachel learned about the tensions between Jews and Muslims firs hand while at a high school-in-Israel program and was drawn to the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom’s mission to foster connections between Jewish and Muslim teens. She is honored to serve on this year’s board.

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    Emma Kelner

    Emma Kelner is a senior in high school and lives  in Hillsborough, New Jersey. She grew up in an interfaith family with a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. Throughout her childhood, she attended a local synagogue in Hillsborough and had a bat mitzvah. She is currently an assistant second grade Hebrew school teacher. In her free time she pole vaults for both her school team and a pole vaulting club. Additionally, she loves to listen to music. Favorite artists include Tyler the Creator, Frank Ocean, Brent Faiyaz, and Lana Del Rey. With regards to the Sisterhood, she loves being apart of her Somerset County chapter. She loves the group they have and how much fun everyone has together learning about each other’s different religions and traditions! She hopes that on the National Board, she can find more unique opportunities for not only her chapter but others as well that combine aspects of both religions!

    Taban Malihi
    Taban Malihi

    Taban Malihi (she/her/hers) is a Muslim high school senior from Newton, MA. She is interested in foreign policy, human rights, social justice, and public health. As the captain of her school’s Debate Team and Model UN club, she enjoys building and teaching key skills like public speaking and research. She also pursues advocacy and intercultural rapport as the founder of MESWANA (Middle East, Southwest Asia, North Africa) Coalition and her school’s DEI committee leader.

    Taban finds great joy in building bridges, friendship, and collaboration with her Jewish siblings through the Sisterhood. She aims to provide a safe and welcoming space for interfaith community building, solidarity, and dialogue. Additionally, as an Iranian, queer person, and Shia Muslim, she emphasizes the importance of intersectionality, inclusivity, and global citizenship in her work.

    Elayna Stein
    Elayna Stein

    Elayna Stein is a junior in high school from Baltimore, Maryland. She is an active member of the Jewish community in her city and is excited to be a part of the Sisterhood at the national level. In her free time, Elayna enjoys reading, playing field hockey, listening to Taylor Swift, and hanging out with her friends. She has served in student government as Vice President and as an elected member-at-large for her graduating class. She participates in the Sisterhood to foster connections with people of various faiths and to learn more about religious and cultural communities that are not her own. As a National Teen Leadership Board Member, Elayna wants to make a positive impact on the Muslim and Jewish communities. Additionally, she hopes to gain valuable skills and knowledge that will allow her to be a better leader and advocate in the future.

    Julianna Stein
    Julianna Stein

    Julianna Stein is 14 years old and entering 9th grade. She is Jewish and lives in greater Baltimore, Maryland. She plays softball, participates in her school’s theater program, and has been an active member of Girl Scouts for eight years. She also works with children through babysitting and volunteering as a Counselor-In-Training at a local summer camp.

    Julianna participates in the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom because she enjoys connecting with new people from different backgrounds and cultures. As a National Teen Leadership Board member, she hopes to learn more about the Muslim religion, as well as share aspects of her Jewish culture. 

    Sub-Committees of the National Teen Leadership Board


    The education committee manages the Instagram account of the Siserhood’s teen program and creates content for its viewers. Committee members post a variety of content, including different traditions, observances, and information about Judaism and Islam, fun activities, like mini-quizzes and polls, to engage viewers, and chapter and programmatic news and events.


    The goals of the outreach committee are to raise awareness of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom teen events, increase participation in teen programming, and reach new members. 


    The partnerships committee identifies opportunities for collaboration with individuals and organizations involved in interfaith youth programming and works to develop programming with these program partners.


    The programming committee generates ideas for and develops events to connect teens across our network. Events unite teens in a supportive, interfaith environment to learn, socialize, and support peace building efforts together. The programming committee works to foster interconnectedness and create opportunities for direct conversations between teen members.

    Past Events

    Moses Moments NewGround Flyer
    Teen Stranger_Sister Sneak Peek
    Black Women's Voice Teen Panel
    PCFF Teen Event
    Teen Identity Workshop
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