Annual Women's Interfaith Forumsponsored by the Social Action Committee and Sisterhood-The Women's Connection
ANNUAL WOMEN’S INTERFAITH FORUM
Social Action Committee & Sisterhood—The Women’s Connection
Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 PM ( snow date: Thursday, January 23)
Topic: Diversity: Embrace It, Share It, Celebrate It. Join us for a discussion on what local communities are doing.
On Wednesday, January 22, at 6:30 PM, Temple B’nai Abraham’s Social Action Committee, in partnership with the Sisterhood−The Women’s Connection, will sponsor the Annual Women’s Interfaith Forum, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy at the temple. Since 1994, the Women’s Interfaith Forum has gathered women from greater Essex County’s houses of worship and faith-based groups to share a vegetarian meal prepared by the women of TBA’s Sisterhood, followed by a discussion of issues of interest to women of all backgrounds. Many guests are repeat participants who have attended this event over the decades. Acquaintances have become friends as many attendees look forward to this yearly event. Janet Penn and Ruth Ross, TBA Social Action Committee Co-chairs, along with TBA Sisterhood Co-Presidents Donna Ellenbogen and Deborah Jacob, are spearheading this year’s event.
The topic this year, Diversity: Embrace It, Share It, Celebrate It. which will explore what local communities are doing to address diversity. A four-woman panel will share what their communities are doing to address this topic. A Q & A will follow the panel discussion.
A vegetarian/dairy buffet dinner will be served. Reservations are required. There is no charge to attend the event, but seating is limited. Register online by ASAP, or call 973.994.2290. When you register, please indicate with which house of worship or faith-based group or organization you are affiliated.
Please bring a non-perishable food item to support a local food pantry.
WOMEN’S INTERFAITH FORUM 2020 PANEL OF SPEAKERS
Saba Laeeq Khan: Livingston Committee for Diversity and Inclusion (LCDI): How does Livingston handle diversity?
Dr. Saba Laeeq is a community builder and social media marketing strategist, building bridges between various groups of people from diverse backgrounds through story telling. Her non-profit career started right after 9/11 tragedy when she started speaking on Islamophobia to smaller groups of people in Michigan through personal stories. In 2010, Saba moved to Arizona, and served as the Chair outreach committee at the Islamic Center of North East Valley (ICNEV). Later, Saba served as Vice President and then President of the American Muslim Women’s Association (AMWA-AZ) and worked with thousands of refugee families from many countries including Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somali, Sudan, and Burma. In 2016, Saba and family moved to Livingston, NJ and continued her non-profit work by being on the Livingston Diversity and Inclusion Committee and Livingston Interfaith clergy board. Saba also serves as a board member at Family Connections, NJ and serves at the Interfaith Food Pantry of the Oranges, NJ where you can find her every Wednesday helping the underprivileged communities.
Saba earned her PhD in Viral Immunology in the UK, and worked as a Cancer Research Scientist in Detroit, Michigan. Some of the more recent events Saba helped organize;
- 2017- Interfaith Women’s high tea gathering at Boonton mosque (JMIC), NJ.
- 2019- Interfaith healing gathering at Livingston mosque (JML)
- 2019- Interfaith Iftar dinner at Livingston mosque (JML)
- 2019- Interfaith High Tea gathering at the Woodlands, South Orange
- 2019- Religions of the World gathering in Livingston, NJ
Tammy Williams: Realtor, Chair of West Orange Human Rights Commission: How does West Orange handle diversity?
Tammy Williams is a Top Producing Real Estate Broker in Northern New Jersey. While her entrepreneurial success and proven sales ability is a financial reward, her most exciting moments have been inspiring and motivating others to succeed.
On June 1, 2019, Tammy founded the West Orange (stop) Suicide Advocacy Coalition to gather and streamline public education, supportive services, training, and intervention resources related to suicides in the Township of West Orange and beyond. In 2016, she was appointed by Mayor Robert Parisi as Chair of the West Orange Human Relations Commission (HRC), an organization that develops and implements programs and initiatives to encourage a positive and constructive dialogue within the township about diversity-related issues.As Chairwoman of the HRC, her focus has been creating and implementing programs that showcase the rich diversity of West Orange. Ensuring equality within the township, its departments and within the schools is a priority. The Commission also hosts the Township’s Annual Dr. MLK, Jr. Celebration.
Mila Jasey: NJ State Assemblywoman for Essex County: How does Essex County handle diversity?
Mila M. Jasey is a Democratic Party politician who serves in the New Jersey General Assembly, where she represents the 27th Legislative District, a seat she has filled since 2007. Jasey serves in the Assembly on the Higher Education Committee (chair), the Housing and Community Development Committee (vice-chair), the Education Committee, and the Joint Committee on the Public Schools as co-chair. Jasey was one of the lead authors of New Jersey’s Interdistrict Public School Choice Program in 2010. Jasey was one of the authors of the New Jersey law that allows private schools in urban areas to convert to charters. Jasey was a trustee of the South Orange-Maplewood School District Board of Education from 1999-2007. She graduated with a B.A. from Barnard College in History, and was awarded an M.S. from the Lienhard School of Nursing at Pace University
Kaity Assaf, Rutgers-Newark 2020, Political Science Student, Organizer of Women’s March NJ: How does Newark-Rutgers handle diversity?
Kaity Assaf started her activism while still in high school, when she successfully lobbied the Clifton school district to designate Eid al-Adha, a Muslim holiday, as a public-school holiday. In 2018 she moderated the Orange Township City Council Westward Debate, and in 2019 she was a co-lead organizer of the Women’s March on New Jersey. She is currently a senior at Rutgers University-Newark majoring in political science. During her time in college, she interned for Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. and was the executive editor of the Rutgers Observer Newspaper. She currently serves as the Ambassador of World Youth International Model United Nations for Rutgers University.