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Women’s Spirituality Group – “Healing A Broken Family” dual perspectives

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Date(s) - 09/21/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


“Healing a Broken Family” – The story of Sarah and Hagar from the combined perspectives of Torah and Qur’an.

Erin Maidan Paige is a Jewish religious leader in Waterloo, Iowa. But more importantly, she is Rivka’s niece. The Maidan family came to Iowa in 1949 after surviving the Holocaust and were sponsored by the local synagogue, Sons of Jacob. Erin would go on to become the first female acting Rabbi of Sons of Jacob in 2014. 

She was educated at Brandeis University, and has lived in both Germany and Israel, making aliyah (becoming an Israeli citizen) in 2006. Erin also studied at the University of Heidelberg (Germany) and did rabbinical studies at Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin, in Gush Etzion, Israel. 
She is married to the artist, Chawne Paige, who is the curator of the largest Haitian Arts collection in the world. They are blessed with two sons, Shia, age 3, and baby Ezra, who just turned 1-year-old. 
Erin is also a core member of the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council, and has done extensive teaching, outreach, youth education, programming, religious services, and diversity training all under the Interfaith banner.  Erin believes Interfaith work is the key to peaceful coexistence, and teaches a variety of Interfaith classes with her Muslim and Christian sisters and brothers.

Dema Kazkaz is a Syrian-American activist and interfaith leader. She is currently the first female president of Masjid Al Noor Islamic Center of Iowa. Mrs. Kazkaz received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Northern Iowa. In 2016, she completed her MA in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary, Connecticut. 

Mrs. Kazkaz lectures and is a frequent educational panelist for Interfaith and Islamic projects at colleges, universities, and places of worship. She has served on the board of the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council of Iowa, and was the recipient of the Courier’s “20 Under 40” award, highlighting the top 20 community leaders under the age of 40 for 2017 in Iowa.

Women’s Spirituality Group was initiated by Rabbi Shoni over 30 years ago.  With a different facilitator each month, women enjoy learning about spirituality, Torah, feminism and themselves. The topics embrace introspection, connectedness, Judaism and community.  Our North and South groups have been combined to form one monthly meeting, on the third Monday of the month.  Guests are welcome to attend twice before joining. Please call the office at 954-888-1408 for more information.

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