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24th Annual Women’s Interfaith Forum at Temple B'Nai Abraham to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Elizabeth Meyer
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LIVINGSTON, NJ — On Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 6:30 p.m., Temple B’nai Abraham's Social Action Committee​ and Sisterhood—The Women’s Connection​ will co-sponsor the 24th annual Women's Interfaith Forum, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, at the temple, located at 300 East Northfield Road in Livingston.

Since 1994, the Temple B’nai Abraham Women’s Interfaith Forum, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., gathers 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 and a discussion about issues of interest to women of all backgrounds. Many guests have attended this event over the years. Acquaintances have turned into friendships as many returning invitees look forward to this yearly event.

The topic is Effective Dissent: Getting Your Point Across. The panelists to date are Elizabeth Meyer, the founder and lead organizer of the Women’s March on New Jersey. Her topic is Marching as Protest; Saily M. Avelenda, Esq., Co-Executive Director of NJ 11th for Change, Inc., a member of the group’s Board of Directors and of the group’s founding Steering Committee. Her topic is Applying Political Pressure through Protest; Reverend Robin Noelle Tanner, an American Unitarian Universalist minister notable for her activism for the causes of religious freedom and civil rights. Her topic is Moral Obedience. She is the Minister of Worship and Outreach at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, and Jamila Raqib, Executive Director of the Albert Einstein Institution,  which promotes the study and strategic use of nonviolent action worldwide. Her topic isNonviolent Protest. Additional panelists may be joining the discussion. 

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This year’s event is chaired by Bonnie Colletti with TBA Social Action Committee Co-Chairs Janet Penn and Lori Kudish, along with TBA Sisterhood—The Women’s Connection​​ Co-Presidents Donna Ellenbogen and Deborah Jacob.

The snow date is Jan. 18.​ A vegetarian/dairy buffet supper will be served. Reservations are required. There is no charge for this event, but seating is limited. Register online at https://tbanj.org/womens-interfaith-forum/ or call 973-994-2290. When you register please indicate to which house of worship or faith-based group you are affiliated. For more information go to www.tbanj.org.​​

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