Muslim, Jewish Women Make Fun, Peace in White Plains; Support Group for Parents of Transgender Youth

(Above Photo Credit: The Jewish Weekly)

Here’s what’s happening Today in the 914, according to Westchester Woman: Muslim, Jewish Women Make Fun and Peace at White Plains Group; Support Group for Parents of Transgender Youth; MORE.

1.) Though White Plains is considered to be a diverse city, people of different races and religions often stay together in their own enclaves. According to a story in The Jewish Weekly, the chances that a Jewish and Muslim woman will cross paths and become friends isn’t very high.

So, Annette Rotter contacted Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a national organization that aims to create relationships between Muslim and Jewish women, to start her own chapter in Westchester. Rotter along with the organization’s founder Akifa Samdani, and Vicki Greif did just that.

“Women can lead the way to peace,” said Rotter.  “I had no idea how much fun it would be. It’s 100 percent joyous.”

Their group always has a balance of Muslim and Jewish members. The Westchester chapter is the first to invite teenagers to join their group.

“There’s so much hate in the world,” said 16-year-old Nafisa Saha, one of the Muslim teens from Northern New Jersey. “This is an amazing opportunity for peace. It’s amazing to learn about religion, it’s cool to learn about Judaism.”

Read the full story in The Jewish Week:

‘We’re All Human Beings’

With its rich mix of ethnicities, White Plains is one of Westchester’s most diverse communities. Yet the likelihood that Jewish and Muslim women will cross paths or become friends isn’t high. That troubled Annette Rotter. Inspired by a Jewish Week article last year about efforts to build relationships between Jews and Muslims in the U.S., Rotter decided to do something about it.

2.) Center Lane LGBTQ Youth Center and the Westchester Jewish Community Services are hosting a support group for parents and caregivers of transgender and non-gender conforming youth. Details are below:

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