Let There Be Peace on Earth, and Let It Begin with Me

Over 55 women joined us at Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, IL to hear three speakers from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam shared their thoughts about what each of the three faiths teaches about living peacefully with others, and how women can promote peace in many ways from social action or service to simple acts of kindness. We heard their suggestions about how to stay peaceful in a turbulent world, how we all have the power to be a vessel of peace, and how we can be the change we want to see in others by the way we live our lives. 

Rabbi Emily Segal
Rabbi Emily Segal joined Temple Jeremiah as our Associate Rabbi in July of 2010. She was ordained at the Cincinnati Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in June 2010. During her time at HUC, Rabbi Segal served student pulpits in Shreveport, Louisiana and Fort Walton Beach, FL, as Music Director of Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, and as rabbinic intern and youth group advisor at Temple Sholom of Cincinnati. She has extensive experience working with Jewish youth and brings this passion to Temple Jeremiah. Her rabbinic thesis was entitled, “Telling and Retelling: The Women’s Seder and Ritual Innovation.”  Rabbi Segal grew up at Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax, Virginia. As a young person in her own temple youth group, she discovered a deep personal connection to Judaism through music. She went on to become an active member and leader of Hillel on the campus of the University of Virginia where she graduated with distinction with a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies.

 Rohina Malik
 Rohina Malik is a critically acclaimed playwright, actress and solo performance artist.   She was born and raised in London, England, of South Asian heritage.  Rohina is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists, and an artistic associate at the 16th Street Theater and a company member at Voyage Theater Company in NYC.  Her work has been produced or developed at The Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, 16th Street Theater, Crossroads Theater, Chicago Dramatists, Voyage Theater Company, Silk Road Rising and Theater Project Baltimore.  Rohina's play "The Mecca Tales" was nominated for a Jeff Award for Best New Work and she was awarded the Y Award with the Evanston YWCA for her work to end racism and empower women.   She is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.  
Mary Deeley
Pastoral Associate and Director of the Christ the Teacher Institute - Mary earned a music degree from Dominican University, a Master's of Divinity from Yale Divinity School and a PhD in Hebrew Scripture and Early Christian Literature from Northwestern University.  She has an abiding love for ministry and scripture and joined the staff as Pastoral Associate in 1997. Prior to working at Sheil, Mary put her degrees in music, ministry and scripture to use as both a campus minister and college and seminary professor of Old Testament and Hebrew. Mary's experience in liturgy, music, ministry, counseling and spiritual direction provides an excellent background for her work at Sheil where she advises the Catholic Scholars, teaches in the Institute, and works with students and others in discernment processes, leadership development, spiritual direction, and formation. In addition, Mary brings her expertise in scripture to Sheil's Bible Study program, on retreats and to the many conversations about faith within the Sheil community. She is a frequent speaker at retreats and conferences on such diverse topics as evangelization, discernment, preaching, liturgical and Celtic Spirituality, prayer, ministry, and leadership. And she occasionally teaches courses in scripture, preaching, and spirituality. Mary is the author of a Mothers, Lovers, Priests, Prophets, and Kings:  What the Old Testament Tells Us About God and Ourselves, Daybreaks:  Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas, and Remembering God: Resting in the Midst of Life all published by Liguori Press, as well as numerous reflections and articles on the bible, lectionary readings, scripture, campus ministry, and young adults. 

Avenues of Interfaith Engagement and Understanding

Gathering at Beth Emet, The Free Synagogue in Evanston, the Soul Space retreat explored how interfaith encounters have challenged and enhanced their personal faith journeys and broadened their world.  We will explore how interfaith engagement allows understanding, what has interfaith engagement has added in our lives, and what it has stirred within us?

Dilnaz Waraich is vice-president of the Winnetka Interfaith Council, co-chair for the Muslim Community Center Interfaith and Outreach Committee, board member for Open Communities and liaison to the board for Family Action Network.  She is a student teacher supervisor at Benedictine University and presents parent seminars at Northwestern University Center for Talent Development.
Rabbi Andrea London is a nationally recognized Jewish leader who has served at Beth Emet since 2000 and was named the congregation’s Senior Rabbi in July 2010. She chairs the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs’ Jewish-Muslin Community-Building Initiative and works to build bridges between Christians, Muslims and Jews in a variety of ways.
Catherine Inserra Director of Christian Formation & Youth Ministry at Trinity United Methodist Church in Wilmette and is a deaconess candidate for consecration under the leadership of United Methodist Women. While serving as Christian Formation Coordinator at First United Methodist Church.


Common Threads: Jewish, Christian, Islamic Faith

Jacob and Rachel’s son, Yosef / Joseph / Yusuf, is a figure shared in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic scripture. Our speakers will offer observations on the teachings in each of these traditions and how and when those teachings have been used. Each speaker will reflect on her own understanding of this man whose history we share. We are pleased to announce our panel of women who will offer reflections:

Rev. Bunny Hughes is an Evangelical Covenant pastor who serves Morton Grove Community Church (Presbyterian USA) with her co-pastor, the Rev. Lolly Dominski.  A graduate of North Park Theological Seminary, Pastor Hughes has worked as a teacher, hospice worker and church leader before being ordained to pastoral ministry in 2010. She lives with her husband of forty years, Chuck Hughes, in Park Ridge, and is the mother of two sons and the grandmother of Elinor, who is now one and a half.  Pastor Hughes is delighted to serve the Morton Grove Community Church family and the greater Church with Pastor Dominski, and thanks our Lord each day for that extraordinary gift of grace.

Marci Dickman Marci holds masters degrees in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at the Hebrew Union College and in Special Education from the University of Southern California, and has completed doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University in School Administration and Mild and Moderate Handicaps. Marci has previously served as the Director of Education Services for the Board of Jewish Education and the Executive Director of the Council on Jewish Education Services in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to Beth Emet, she most recently held the position of Head of School for Solomon Schechter Day School of Metropolitan Chicago. 

Maryam Salman, a native of Michigan, was an active member of the Michigan Muslim community – giving lectures and motivational talks to various local youth groups.  After high school, she spent three years in Damascus studying Arabic and Quran.  She completed the memorization of the Quran and received an ijaza (certification to teach) in Quranic recitation.  Since then she has been actively involved in teaching tajwid (recitation) and Quranic memorization both privately and in classroom settings. She graduated with a degree in early childhood and elementary education from Baker College, MI. She moved to Chicago after marriage and resides in Morton Grove with her husband and two children.  She currently serves as an elementary teacher at a private Montessori program.