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Interfaith Understanding



INSPIRING INTERFAITH UNDERSTANDING & CONNECTION 

Salaam, Shalom: Speaking of Peace presents free educational programs that foster meaningful dialogue and understanding between local faith communities. The series is supported by multiple religious organizations across the North Bay and is underwritten by Tricia and Richard Gibbs.  At a time when much of the world is in conflict, these conversations and connections are more critical 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., co-director of the
International Association of Sufism

The Power of Education to Change a Girl…and the World
7 December 2014, 3pm

WHAT IT IS
The Osher Marin JCC’s Center for Jewish Peoplehood continues to present the popular series SALAAM, SHALOM: SPEAKING OF PEACE. This free series of collaborative programs aims to inspire interfaith connectionand dialogue in an effort to foster peace.

WHY IT MATTERS
We chose to focus on instances where people have reached across the aisle to better understand “the other”. We do this by featuring speakers, exhibits and films that provide examples of how we, as individuals and as communities, can work together to achieve greater tolerance and understanding.

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.




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