Four women of Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions will share their personal religious journeys, and what they cherish in their faiths. They offer this presentation both to clarify differences among the three faiths as they understand them, and to give others the courage and tools to share their tender desires regarding faith while also responding to others in an affirming way.
The presentation will follow a brief Shabbat service and be followed by an oneg Shabbat.
The four participants are:
Vjosa Qerimi, an Albanian from Kosovo, has been in the US for four years. She is a sister, wife, student of Arabic, and public educator of Islam.
Nancy Latif is a mother, social activist and writer. She has been working on the resettlement of Syrian, Congolese, Afghan, Iraqi, Pakistani and S. Asian refugees, and is currently forming her own nonprofit, Refugee Advocate Services.
Eileen Epperson is a hospice chaplain for two hospices in Torrington and Salisbury, and a bereavement counselor. She is an Ambassador for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the largest interfaith organization in the world. Eileen is currently working on a doctorate of ministry at Hartford Seminary.
Carol Ascher has published seven books of fiction and nonfiction, and her essays, stories and columns have appeared widely. Her exhibit, A Chance for Fresh Air: Russian Jewish Immigrants in Ellsworth and Amenia, 1907-1940, which opened at the Sharon Historical Society and was turned into a book by the same name, has recently become a permanent installation at Congregation Beth David, the Amenia synagogue built by the Russian Jewish immigrants. Carol is now in the midst of a two-year course in spiritual direction, Bekhol Levavkah, at Hebrew Union College
Sponsor: Congregation Ahavath Sholom