NCJW Hosts Event to Strengthen Muslim-Jewish Sisterhood May 4

The following is from National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section:

Nation Council of Jewish Women, Essex is sponsoring a Lunch and Learn – Creating a Movement of Muslim & Jewish Women Changing the World– featuring the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a national organization focused on building relationships between Muslim and Jewish women. The program will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Congregation Beth El in South Orange, NJ.

Pre-registration is required. The fee is $20 for everyone and includes a buffet lunch. To register, please call (973) 740-0588 or visit

The event will feature a panel of speakers from the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom (SOSS) including Sheryl Olitzky, co-founder and Executive Director, and SOSS members Nausheena Bhayat, Cyndy Wyatt and Miniimah Bilal. Rabbi Jesse Olitzky of Congregation Beth El will serve as moderator. The panel will discuss the founding of the Sisterhood, its goals and evolution into a nationwide organization, and how it has changed lives.

In recent months, Muslims and Jews have banded together to fight against hate and prejudice. Interfaith coalitions are increasing and groups like the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom are strengthening their efforts to promote cooperation instead of hatred. Across the country Jews and Muslims are meeting to discuss issues and solutions to the problems facing both groups. This program will address the need to build bridges to fight hate and the importance of a strong partnership between Muslim and Jewish women.

About National Council of Jewish Women, Essex County Section

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.  With more than 3,200 members, Essex County Section is the largest of the more than 100 NCJW Sections around the country. The Section was founded in 1912 and maintains offices in Livingston, N.J. For more information, log on to

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