Neighbourhood Interfaith Group’s 28th Annual Dinner – May 14, 2014

Please join us for our 28th Annual Dinner, being held at 6:30 pm on Wednesday May 14, 2014 at Noor Cultural Centre (123 Wynford Drive, North York, M3C 1K1; see www.noorculturalcentre.ca for map and directions).

This year’s dinner will feature a discussion on the subject of “Healing the World: Religion and Social Justice.”  We are delighted to have an interfaith panel of scholars to shed light on this topic: Dr. Shari Golberg (Judaism), Susan Kennel Harrison (Christianity), and Dr. Nevin Reda (Islam).  We also look forward to a performance by The Shpeelers, a traditional Klezmer band that incorporates blues, bluegrass, gospel, and folk music from around the globe into their sounds.

There will be a full vegetarian dinner served.  If you require a pre-packaged kosher meal, please contact us as soon as possible.

Tickets are $25; to purchase your ticket, please contact your representative or send an e-mail to Gary Posner (gposner_ca@yahoo.com).

Shari Golberg recently received her PhD in Religion from the University of Toronto. Her academic work explores feminist approaches to Jewish and Islamic texts and contemporary text-based collaborations between Jewish and Muslim women. Golberg also co-ordinates and facilitates Shema & Iqra’: The Jewish-Muslim Text Project, a grassroots, community-based initiative which uses traditional religious texts as a springboard for dialogue.

Susan Kennel Harrison is a PhD Candidate at the University of St. Michael’s College, Faculty of Theology in the Toronto School of Theology. In addition to her current research in Christian Peace Theology and the Theology of Religions, she teaches, participates in and organizes Interfaith dialogue events. She has an MDiv from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and a ThM in New Testament from Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology.

Nevin Reda is Assistant Professor of Muslim Studies at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. Her research focuses on Islamic history, classical and modern Islamic thought, the Qur’an, Sufism, Shi’ism, Islamic law, women, and ethics. Nevin holds a PhD from the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, as well as a Master of Arts and a PhD minor in the area of Biblical Hebrew Language and Literature, from the University of Toronto.

We look forward to seeing you on May 14!

Gary Posner (Beth Sholom) and Samira Kanji (Noor Cultural Centre)
Event Co-Chairs