Lunch and Learn Will Feature The Sisterhood Of Salaam Shalom

The National Council of Jewish Women of 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 event will be held May 4 at 11:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth El, South Orange. It will feature a panel of speakers from the 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.

In recent months, Muslims and Jews have banded together to fight against hate and prejudice. Interfaith coalitions are increasing and groups like the SOSS 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.

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

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