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4th Annual Muslim Jewish Women's Leadership Conference

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Drew University

36 Madison Avenue

Madison, NJ 07940

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There has never been a more important time-- we must Rise Up Against Hate!

Our conference is sold out, and we have a large wait list. If you were not able to secure a space, we hope you'll plan to join us next year or consider making a donation to support the work of the Sisterhood. Press members can email Sheryl Olitzky to inquire about attendance. Please include the name of your media outlet when you email.

Join hundreds of women this November 5 and attend the fourth annual Sisterhood Of Salaam Shalom Muslim Jewish Women's Leadership Conference at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey as we celebrate Rising Up Against Hate!

Doors open at 8 AM for sign-in and coffee hour. The conference will begin promptly at 9 AM.

During this transformative day, you will:

  • Connect & engage with other Muslim and Jewish sisters from all around the US,
  • Participate in your choice of 25 workshops facilitated by leaders in interfaith dialogue end engagement
  • Learn from the Muslim and Jewish leaders who are rising up against hate
  • Develop skills in order to become a stronger advocate of building relationships between Muslims and Jews, and
  • Learn what you can do to stop anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish acts of hate.

Join us for inspiring keynote presentations from:

Anita Diamant gives voice to women's narratives. She is the bestselling author of fiction and non-fiction books. She has published five novels, the most recent of which is The Boston Girl, a New York Times bestseller, and is best known for her 1997 novel, The Red Tent, also a New York Times bestseller and recently made into a miniseries for television.

Dr. Ingrid Mattson is an Islamic studies scholar, a Muslim religious leader, an interfaith activist and a leading voice for interfaith engagement. Mattson is a former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), is recognized as an advocate for Muslim women as religious leaders and was described as “Perhaps the most noticed figure among American Muslim women” in a 2010 New York Times article.

Haroon Moghul is a commentator, broadcaster, author and Muslim-Jewish interfaith advocate. He is a Senior Fellow and Director of Development at the Center for Global Policy, and the Muslim Leadership Initiative Facilitator at the Shalom Hartman Institute. Haroon has appeared on all major media networks and has been published at Washington Post, TIME, CNN, Guardian, Foreign Policy and Haaretz, among others. He's the author of a novel, The Order of Light (Penguin 2006), and a new memoir, How to be a Muslim: An American Story (Beacon 2017).

Rana Abdelhamid is the founder of the International Muslim Women’s Initiative for Self-Empowerment, a grassroots organization that offers self-defense classes and teaches leadership skills. Abdelhamid has been featured in the Huffington Post,,, CBS and PBS. Rana has organized around human rights issues with Amnesty International on campaigns related to women’s rights, torture and the Arab Spring. She is a recipient of the 2015 UNAUSA Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Award, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and the Running Start Rising Political Star

Dean Obdelliah is an award winning comedian who has appeared on ABC's "The View," Comedy Central's "Axis of Evil" Comedy special and is the co-creator and co-producer of Comedy's critically acclaimed Internet series "The Watch List," featuring a cast of all Middle Eastern-American comedians performing stand up and sketch comedy. Dean has also appeared on numerous international and national programs including CNN's "American Morning" and "The Situation Room," PBS' "Newshour with Jim Lehrer," Air America Radio, "Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen," ABC News, HD's "Dan Rather Reports," NPR, Fox News Radio, ABC's "20/20," "Al Jazeera," "Democracy Now with Amy Goodman" and CNN International's "Inside the Middle East." In addition, he has been featured in numerous publications including Time magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times and is a contributor to CNN. He is the host of SiriusXM Progress' The Dean Obeidallah Show, which is the only daily national radio show hosted by a Muslim American

Additional Presenters

Our additional presenters and workshop facilitators will include (list subject to change) Dr. Mehnaz Afridi, Atiya Aftab, Rokeya Akhter, Imam Abdullah Antepli, Lynne Azarchi, Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, Ruth Broyde Sharone, Rabia Chaudry, Meryl Chertoff, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Jonathan Golden, Salma Hassan Ali, Andrea Hodos, Muna Hussain, Rashida James Sadiyaa, Arzu Kaya-Uranli, Dr. Sahar Khamis, Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, Rabbi Nancy Kremer, Celene Ibrahim, Jenan Mohajir, Janet Penn, Debby Perelmuter, Kathleen Petratis, Amanda D. Quraishi, Zeenat Rahman, Hannah Risheq, Melanie Robbins, Nureed Saeed, Rabbi Shira Stern, Tasneem Sultan, Milana Vanytrub, Dilanz Waraich, Dr. Racelle Weiman, and Dr. Homayra Ziad.

Book Signings

At the conference, there will be book signings by authors including Anita Diamant, Rabia Chaudry, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Haroon Moghul and Mehnaz Afridi.

Film Screening

Conference participants will have a chance to screen the film Of Many and meet with Rabbi Yehuda Sarna, Imam Khalid Latif, Chelsea Garbell and Linda G. Mills.

Saturday Social

There will be a special social get together on Saturday, November 4 at 7:30 PM. We'll gather at the Hyatt House Morriston



Rooms have been reserved at a special rate at the Hyatt House Morristown in Morristown, New Jersey. To get the special group rate of $129, click on the link below, enter your dates, choose availability and your reservation should populate.

Drew University is easily accessible via train or bus and close to Newark Airport. See transportation options. Here are driving directions.

The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Muslim-Jewish Women’s Leadership Conference is a joint partnership with the Drew University Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict. Please note that we are not able to offer refunds once you have purchased your ticket.

Last year we sold out quickly. Hurry and register to be guaranteed a seat and the special pricing. See you November 5!

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Drew University

36 Madison Avenue

Madison, NJ 07940

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