SAT. JAN 16 | Peace Cafe
Join us for a Free Peace Café today at 4:30 pm following the 3 pm performance of WRESTLING JERUSALEM, presented by Mosaic Theater Company of DC at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.
WRESTLING JERUSALEM, written and performed by Aaron Davidman, is garnering rave reviews and is the opening production for this year's Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival; the Festival that helped launch our Peace Cafe 16 years ago.
We'll be joined by members of the Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society, including Nadia Hassan and Daniel Spiro, sharing, along with audience members, their reflections on the production and the performance while tackling questions surrounding the efficacy of dialogue; as in "what's the point of talking across religious and national divides if talk is unaccompanied by action?" That's one of the questions that emerges when interfaith groups convene with frequency. But given the urgency of the times we live in, are we not more compelled than ever to talk ourselves into a place activism, engagement, or at the very least, awareness?
The play is full of similarly provocative questions.
We'll be meeting in the Grand Lobby of the Atlas Performing Arts Center
For more about the Jewish Islamic Dialogue Society, go to http://www.jids.org/new/mission-statement/
Nadia Hassan is the co-founder of Young Leaders Institute, which empowers youth to become social innovators and change agents in their communities. Previously, Nadia served as the Government Relations and Interfaith Relations Coordinator at ISNA’s DC Office for Interfaith and Community Alliances. Nadia has an MBA from Bentley University, where she did her thesis in Islamic Finance and the Islamic Economic Model. In 2011, Nadia founded the Villa Park Peace Coalition after the Republican tea party's heinous protest outside of the ICNA fundraiser in Nadia's hometown of Yorba Linda, CA. As a means to counteract hate against Muslims, Nadia fervently speaks out nationally against bigotry, racism and religious intolerance. Nadia led the Villa Park Peace Coalition to a victory which resulted in the defeat of the Villa Park councilwomen who delivered an egregious (publicly humiliating) hate speech against the Muslim community. Her activism has gained her media attention on CNN, Washington Post, USA Today, Al Jazeera (just to name a few) as well as board and committee appointees with several non-profit and interfaith organizations. Nadia's personal experience with Islamophobia has allowed her to redirect her talents toward writing, education, public speaking and empowering women and youth across the nation. Nadia is currently serving as a Girl Scout Troup leader under the Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital. Nadia empowers the girls she mentors with her mantra to "live with purpose" and "to love for others what you love for yourself."
Daniel Spiro is the Co-founder and Coordinator of two philosophical societies: the Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society of Washington (JIDS) and the Washington Spinoza Society, as well as the author of two philosophical novels -- The Creed Room (Aegis Press, 2006) and Moses the Heretic (Aegis Press, 2006) -- as well as a non-fiction book about the meaning of divinity (Liberating the Holy Name: A Free-Thinker Grapples with the Meaning of Divinity, (Cascade Books). Additionally, he is a leading voice in the Washington, D.C. area in support of the Interfaith Movement, which he sees as the wave of the future. For more information, go to www.danielspiro.com