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Annual Women's Interfaith Forum

sponsored by the Social Action Committee and Sisterhood-The Women's Connection

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Social Action Committee & Sisterhood—The Women’s Connection of Temple B’nai Abraham

Present

ANNUAL WOMEN’S INTERFAITH FORUM
on
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
7:15–9:00 PM

Via Zoom
You will receive a Zoom link after registration

We may not be able to share a meal together, but we can convene as a community to discuss

HOW LIFE HAS CHANGED FOR US IN A PANDEMIC WORLD
Featuring a panel of speakers from the fields of Mental Health, Education, Business & Religion

Panel of Speakers

Mental Health: Huma Ansari, MD, Psychiatrist

Education: Petal Robertson, Teacher of English, Montclair High School

Business: Gianna Akiko Garcia, Proprietor of Willow & Olivia Dessert Café

Religion: Rev. Susan Gillespie, Pastor of Trinity Covenant Church, Livingston.

There is no charge to attend the event, but reservations are required.
When you register, please indicate with which house of worship
or faith-based group or organization you are affiliated.

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WOMEN’S INTERFAITH FOURM  2021 PANEL OF SPEAKERS

huma ansari 2Huma Ansari, MD is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and a member of American Psychiatric Association. Born and raised in India, Dr. Ansari came to the United States and trained at Mount Sinai in New York City. Dr. Ansari currently works at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset, NJ. She is a member of the community of Islamic Society of Basking Ridge (ISBR).

 

 

gianna akiko garciaGianna Akiko Garcia, a West Orange resident, is the proprietor of Willow & Olivia Dessert Café, a highly rated, whimsical bakeshop/cafe she opened in 2018 on Main Street in West Orange. The small-batch bakery is known for its award-winning chocolate chip cookies, red velvet cake, chocolate cake and creative custom cakes. Winner of “Best of Essex” 2018 & Best Bakery 2019!

Rev. Susan GillespieReverend Susan Gillespie has served at Trinity Covenant Church in Livingston for 19 years, 14 years as lead pastor. She is a graduate of Douglass College (Rutgers University) with a degree in journalism, and of Drew Theological School *Drew University) with an M.Div.  She and her husband John, a retired lawyer, raised four sons in Chatham, NJ. She is active with her denomination in discernment with new ordinands, and serves on the executive board of the Livingston Clergy Association.

 

 

Petal RobinsonPetal Robertson, an educator and union leader,  is a teacher of English at Montclair High School where she taught a course on African American Literature, which was so popular that additional sections were added to accommodate demand. She is the current President of the Montclair Education Association, the local teachers’ union.

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