The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom held their 3rd leadership conference at a sold-out event in the Simon Forum and Athletic center, hosted by the Center for Religion, Culture and Conflict and Drew University.
The event was the largest gathering to date for the organization, founded in 2010. Four hundred and fifty Muslim and Jewish women registered for a full day of workshops, lectures, joint prayer at annual leadership conference. Read coverage of the event by The New York Times and Drew Today.
Cory Booker, United States Senator for New Jersey, spoke passionately about the need to work together to address social concerns.
Actress and AT&T spokesperson Milana Vayntrub delivered an inspiring account of her organization, “Can’t do Nothing,” (#CantdoNothing) and her goals to help “everyday individuals have a real impact.”
Speakers included Sheryl Olitzky, co-founder and executive Director, and Atiya Aftab, co-founder and Board Chair. As Aftab remarked, the focus of the Sisterhood organization is “Building bridges of friendship, building bridges of peace.” For their mission statement and goal of “building relationships between Muslims and Jews” through communication, visit their website here. The Sisterhood now has 50 chapters in over twenty states.