Annual Women's Interfaith Forumsponsored 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
ANNUAL WOMEN’S INTERFAITH FORUM
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
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.
WOMEN’S INTERFAITH FOURM 2021 PANEL OF SPEAKERS
Huma 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 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!
Reverend 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 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.