January Dialogue — Challenges of Survival: Religious Minority Communities in a Secular Melting Pot Nation

The first JIDS dialogue of 2018 will be on January 21st,  from 2:30 – 5:00 pm,. at Temple Rodef Shalom, 2100 Westmoreland St., Falls Church VA 22043.  The dialogue, which is co-sponsored by the Rumi Forum, is entitled “Challenges of Survival: Religious Minority Communities in a Secular Melting Pot Nation.”

America is rightfully celebrated for how it protects all religions.  Yet our nation is not simply shaped by its religious freedom laws but also by a melting pot culture that has grown increasingly secular.  For our minority religions, the desire to assimilate into that culture has become more of a threat with each successive generation.  Members of the Muslim, Jewish, and Sikh communities will reflect on these potentially existential challenges to the survival of their communities on these shores.

Panelists:

Nisa Muhammad:  Assistant Dean for Religious Life and Advisor to Muslim Student Association at Howard University

Dr. Rajwant Singh:  Chairman of the Sikh Council on Religion and Education; founder and President of EcoSikh, a global Sikh environmental network

Dr. Ira Weiss:  A neurophysiologist, a Jewish scholar, and a frequent lecturer on Israeli-Palestinian relations