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Interfaith Understanding



INSPIRING INTERFAITH UNDERSTANDING
& CONNECTION IN TIMES OF DEEP CONFLICT

Salaam, Shalom: Speaking of Peace is a series of three free programs that create meaningful dialogue and understanding between local faith communities. The series is supported by multiple religious organizations across the North Bay at a time when much of the world is in conflict, and these conversations and connections are more important than ever.

PROGRAM 1: Patterns of Persecution:
Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Anti-Catholic movements in America 
with Peter Gottschalk, Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University & author of American Heretics
14 October 2014, 7pm

PROGRAM 2: Film Screening of BESA: The Promise
Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II
20 November 2014, 7pm

PROGRAM 3: Film Screening of Girl Rising followed by a discussion with Ruth Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service, and Nahid Angha, Ph. D., a Sufi scholar & human rights activist, The Power of Education to Change a Girl…and the World 7 December 2014, 3pm


WHAT IT IS
For its 2014-2015 season, the Osher Marin JCC’s Center for Jewish Peoplehood is bringing back its popular series SALAAM, SHALOM: SPEAKING OF PEACE. This free series aims to inspire interfaith connectionand dialogue in a collaborative effort to foster peace locally.

 

WHY IT MATTERS
Each program tells the story of people who worked to overcome barriers created by religious and other differences to forge an alliance of good will, peace and prosperity. These inspiring stories illuminate how the path to peace is often paved by those with the courage to reach out to someone once considered a stranger or enemy—to listen and attempt to understand the world from another point of view.


THE PROGRAMS

PROGRAM 1: Catholics, Jews, Muslims and the History of Religious Intolerance

with Peter Gottschalk, Professor of Religion at Wesleyan University and author of American Heretics

14 October 2014, 7pm

While the US espouses freedom of religion, it’s clear that xenophobia, racism and religious intolerance persist. Gottschalk traces the arc of American religious discrimination to show the connection between Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Hear Gottschalk’s thoughts on Islamaphobia at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcsyJORXEUg

 

More information at www.marinjcc.org/patterns

 

PROGRAM 2: Film Screening of BESA: The Promise 
Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II
20 November 2014, 7pm

BESA: The Promise is an award-winning documentary that tells the story of renowned Jewish-American photographer Norman H. Gershman and Rexhep Hoxha, a Muslim-Albanian who must fulfill a promise made to the Jewish family his father rescued during the holocaust. In addition to this film screening, a collection of Gershman’s photos from Albania will be on display through 2 February 2015. View the trailer at http://besathepromise.com/

More information at www.marinjcc.org/besadocumentary and www.marinjcc.org/besa

 

PROGRAM 3: Film Screening of Girl Rising
The Power of Education to Change a Girl…and the World
7 December 2014, 3pm

Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film and part of a movement for girls’ education. The film spotlights the unforgettable stories of nine girls living in the developing world, striving beyond circumstance and overcoming nearly insurmountable odds to achieve their dreams. Prize-winning authors put the girls’ remarkable stories into words, and renowned actors, including Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson and Anne Hathaway, give them voice. After the film, we will host a discussion panel with Ruth Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service, and Nahid Angha, Ph. D., a Sufi scholar, human rights activist, women's rights activist, lecturer, translator and author. View the trailer at http://girlrising.com/see-the-film/about-the-film/

More information at www.marinjcc.org/girlrising  

OUR PARTNERS

For the past three years, the Salaam, Shalom series has been co-sponsored by a number of interfaith organizations across the Bay Area, including the Community Congregational Church of Tiburon, Congregation Kol Shofar, Congregation Rodef Sholom, First Congregational Church - Sonoma, First Presbyterian Church - San Rafael, First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo, Islamic Center of Mill Valley, Islamic Center of North Marin, International Association of Sufism, Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), Marin Interfaith Council, Mt. Tamalpais United Methodist Church, Saint Raphael Church & Mission San Rafael Arcangel, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

OUR SPONSORS

The 2014-2015 Salaam, Shalom series is generously supported by Tricia and Richard Gibbs.