A Better Future for Israelis and Palestinians-Affirming the Sacredness of All Human Life

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM (ET)
Event Type
Middle East & North Africa Studies


A Better Future for Israelis and Palestinians - Affirming the Sacredness of All Human Life, a speaker series jointly created by the Islamic Council of New England [ICNE] and Boston Workers Circle [BWC].

This 4-part series will provide opportunities to consider many perspectives and narratives from which to think about the current situation in Israel and Palestine. We hope that our understanding of the forces that created the situation will deepen, that we will be able to open our hearts and minds to each other, acknowledge the past and current injustices of the situation in Israel and Palestine and become part of the solution as advocates for peace and justice in the region.

You are invited to join us for any one of the discussions, or all four. All sessions take place from 7:30-9pm. Registration is required. Register here:


Oct. 6th: "Can We Talk/Listen? Reflections from a Rabbi & Imam"

Speakers: Rabbi Sharon Brous, IKAR, Opening Reflection; Rabbi Mike Rothbaum, Congregation Beth Elohim; Dr. Mohamed Lazzouni, Islamic Center of Boston. Moderated by Mehlaqa Samdani, Critical Connections.

Oct. 13th: "Can We Share? Sanctity of the Holy Land: A Jewish, Christian and Muslim Perspective"

Speakers: Prof. Dr. Mustafa Abu Sway, Integral Chair for the Study of Imam Al-Ghazali's Work at the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque & Al-Quds Univ; Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, Churches for Middle East Peace; Rabbi Barbara Penzner, Temple Hillel B'nai Torah. Moderated by Dr. Joseph Kelley, Merrimack College.

Oct. 27th - Can We Acknowledge? Reflecting on Our Histories and Narrative

Speakers: Rabbi Aryeh Cohen, Ph.D., Prof. of Rabbinic Literature at American Jewish University; Aziza Hasan, NewGround: A Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change; Ayman Nijim, Ph.D. candidate, Liberation Psyschology; Nizar Farsakh & Gili Getz, Combatants for Peace. Moderated by Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum, Temple Beth Zion.

Nov. 10th - Can We Help? Our Role in Finding Solutions

Speakers: Rabbi Jill Jacobs, CEO, T'ruah; Nidal Al-Azraq, Exec. Director, 1for3.org. Moderated by Mitchell Silver, Boston Workers Circle

Speaker biographies can be found here:


CO-SPONSORED BY: Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom; Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Woburn; the Framingham Friends Meeting; the Community Church of Boston; Kavod Boston;  Children of Abraham; Metrowest Interfaith Dialogue Project; Xaverian Missionaries, Holliston; Plymouth Church in Framingham; Christ the King Lutheran Church, Holliston; St. John Lutheran Church, Sudbury; Memorial Congregational Church, Sudbury, Weston-Wayland Interfaith Action Group (WWIAG); Peace & Social Justice Committee of Friends Meeting, Cambridge; Temple Beth Zion; New England Synod; Congregation Dorshei Tzedek; Unitarian Universalists for Justice in the Middle East; Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ; and Churches for Middle East Peace.

Contact: discussions@islamiccouncilne.org

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