SUN. FEB 7 | "Inter-Hate, Inter-Peace, Interfaith" with Rizwan Jaka (ADAMS Center), Farhan
Following the 3:00PM performance, join us for a post-show discussion and talkback with Rizwan Jaka of All Dulles Area Muslim Society, Farhanahz Ellis, Muslim Interfaith Leader, and Judith Lelchook, Jewish Peace Activist. Moderated by Andrea Barron (Mosaic Theater Engagement Committee).
ANDREA BARRON - MODERATOR
Andrea Barron is Advocacy Officer at the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC), where she works with torture survivors in the Washington DC area on human rights advocacy in the U.S. Congress. She has been an activist for Israeli-Palestinian Peace and Jewish-Muslim cooperation for over 25 years and has published numerous articles on the Middle East and Global Women’s issues. Andrea founded the Jewish-Muslim Passover Seder that has been held annually since 2006 at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Mosque in Sterling, Virginia. She is also an Adjunct Professor of History at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Judith Lelchook is a health policy analyst and clinical social worker who has been an activist for Israeli--Palestinian peace since 1968, when she first visited Israel. Her brother David immigrated to Israel in 1980, then moved to a kibbutz near the Lebanese border with his wife and two daughters. During the August 2006 Lebanese war, David was returning from the kibbutz orchard on his bicycle when a Katyusha rocket fired by Hezbollah killed him instantly. When Judith’s mother heard what happened, she went on local television and called for UN peacekeepers so no one else would die. Following her mother's lead, Judith has engaged in groups and programs that seek common ground between Israelis and Palestinians to move toward peace and positive results for both sides.
Rizwan Jaka is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) in Sterling, Virginia, the third largest mosque in the United States, and a Board Member of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He is active in promoting interfaith harmony, peace and brotherhood between the Muslim community and other religious communities. ADAMS has taken an unequivocal position against terrorism and extremism and works with community partners to combat Islamophobia. It has hosted events with Israeli and Palestinian youth and for Jewish-Muslim Passover Seders for the last 10 years. It has raised funds to rebuild churches destroyed by extremists in Pakistan and contributes to Northern Virginia civic life in numerous ways including organizing health fairs in Northern Virginia that assist low-income and uninsured people of all faiths.
MARGARET “FARHANAHZ” ELLIS
Farhanahz was born and raised in Panama in an interracial, intercultural, and interfaith family. With these strengths, plus a Law and Political Science degree and years of experience in the corporate world, it was natural for Farhanahz to become a vocal spokesperson for Diversity. A convert to Islam, for ten years she was the Interfaith & Outreach Director at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) and had the privilege of representing her community in many organizations; some of them as a founding member. One of the most sought-after speakers on Islamic topics in the Northern Virginia area, Chaplain Farhanahz is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Loudoun County Government Multicultural Advisory Committee, and also a Board Member of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.