LIVINGSTON, NJ - Even frigid wintry weather did not deter the over 150 attendees of the 20th Annual Women’s Interfaith Forum, at Temple B’nai Abraham, which was was sponsored by Temple B'nai Abraham's (TBA) Social Action Committee and Sisterhood. The topic was: Human Trafficking: Why Should I Care? It’s a Local Problem, not Just a Global Issue!

Since 1994, the TBA Women’s Interfaith Forum--celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.--has been gathering women from greater Essex County to share a vegetarian meal, prepared by the women of TBA’s Sisterhood, and discussion about issues that are of interest to women of all backgrounds. Many guests are repeat participants and have attended this event over the years. Here, many acquaintances have turned into friendships through the years, as many returning invitees look forward to this yearly event.

This year’s event was planed by Lisa Reisboard, Social Action Committee Chair and Elena Meinhardt and Deborah Myers, Sisterhood Co-Chairs. The vital and compelling topic was presented by a panel of experts and provided a forum for the evening’s stimulating and thought-provoking discussion.

The panel included: Melanie Roth Gorelick, Director of the Community Relations Committee of Greater MetroWest NJ; James J. King, Director of Social Concerns for the NJ Catholic Conference; Keyla M. Munoz, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Newark Division Victim Specialist; and Ingrid Johnson, RN, MSN & Member of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking and mother of a human trafficking survivor,