WISDOM Newsletter – Mar & Apr 2012 Special

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(Women’s Interfaith Solutions for Dialogue and Outreach

in MetroDetroit)


is sponsoring a House of Worship Visit to

The Islamic Center of America

19500 Ford Road

Dearborn, MI 48128

Sunday, April 22, 2012


10:00 AM – Registration and Breakfast (no cost)

11:00 AM – Meet with Imam Qazwini

11:45 AM – Tour of the Mosque and Q and A

12:30 PM – Lunch at a Middle Eastern Restaurant in Dearborn (optional)



To sign up for this visit, please email Paula Drewek at drewekpau@aol.com
(While there is no charge, as a courtesy to our hosts, we would like to let them know how many of us will be attending.)




Come to our Interfaith Seder

at Temple Beth El

7400 Telegraph Rd, Bloomfield Hills

Thursday, March 29, 2012

6:00 – 7:30 PM

(with registration beginning at 5:30 PM)

Rabbinic Associate Keren Alpert will lead the seder and explain the Haggadah (the ritual Jewish Passover text) to mark the Jewish Passover holiday which begins on the evening of April 7th. The service will include a light supper that will highlight the traditional Passover foods, the ritual recitations, songs, and portions of the service.

Registration is required. Cost is $20 per person.

Send name(s), contact number(s) and email address(es), along with your check made out to WISDOM to: WISDOM, P.O. Box 7091, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302

Registration must be received by Wednesday, March 21st.

For more information contact:

Fran Hildebrandt, 248-318-8301 or

Paula Drewek, 586-419-6811

Sponsors: WISDOM, Temple Beth El, and the Isadore and Frances Malin Interfaith Activities Fund of Temple Beth El

Documentary Film from Executive Producers Michael Wolfe and Alex Kronemer and Narrated by Academy Award Winning Performer Susan Sarandon


Detroit Premiere
Saturday, March 24th, 12:45 pm

Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

5200 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48202


Opening Remarks by Executive Producer Alex Kronemer

Unity Productions Foundation is proud to present its latest documentary film, Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World. Exploring themes such as the Word, Space, Ornament, Color, and Water, the film takes audiences on a global journey to present the stories behind the masterworks of Islamic Art and Architecture. Check out the film on the big screen before the PBS National Broadcast later in 2012.

Children 11 and older are encouraged to attend; younger children may be overwhelmed by a historical documentary.

Purchase tickets online:



Adults $8/Students $5 (Includes musuem admission)
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Dr. Amy-Jill Levine

“Jesus and Judaism:

The Connection Still Matters”

March 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Fountain Lounge

University of Detroit Mercy

4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit

(intersection of Livernois and W. McNichols)

Reception Following



Dr. Amy-Jill Levine

“Understanding Jesus means Understanding Judaism: Tips for Preaching and Teaching”

March 30, 2012

10:00 – 11:30 AM

St. John’s Episcopal Church

26998 Woodward

Royal Oak, MI 48067

(SE Corner of 11 Mile and Woodward)

RSVP to Gail Katz, gailkatz@comcast.net, 248-978-6664


Dr. Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor of Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science in Nashville, TN; she is also Affiliated Professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK. Holding the B.A. from Smith College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, she has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, and Christian Theological Seminary.


Her books include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus (HarperOne), The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us, co-authored with Douglas Knight (HarperOne), the edited Historical Jesus in Context (Princeton), and the fourteen-volume edited Feminist Companions to the New Testament and Early Christian Writings (Continuum). With Marc Brettler she also edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament (Oxford). A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox synagogue, although she is often quite unorthodox.

Five Women Five Journeys: How Different Are We?
WISDOM Women together

This unique WISDOM program features personal stories of women of different faith traditions – how their childhood impacted their beliefs today, what the challenges are for women in their faith tradition, what parts of their religion are misunderstood, how reaching out to someone from a different faith has enriched their lives.
To inquire about a Five Women Five Journeys Program for your organization, contact Elaine Schonberger at bookfairmama@comcast.net or Paula Drewek at Drewekpau@aol.com .

Check out the latest story about a friendship that crosses religion, race, or ethnic boundaries at www.friendshipandfaith.com.
Email Gail Katz at gailkatz@comcast.net if you have a personal story for the friendshipandfaith.com website!!


1) Go to http://www.readthespirit.com/religious-holidays-festivals/ for fascinating information about upcoming Religious holidays that your neighbors of different faith traditions may be celebrating!!

2) Go to http://www.readthespirit.com/were-making-news/ for a listing of all the articles written about the WISDOM Book Friendship and Faith: the WISDOM of Women Creating Alliances for Peace.

Go to our WISDOM websites at


Read our interfaith story of the week from our book Friendship and Faith,

and find the link to buy the book at

Amazon at

Contact Information

Gail Katz gailkatz@comcast.net
phone: 248-978-6664

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To Provide concrete modeling of women from different faith traditions working together in harmony for the common good.
To Empower women to take a more active role in furthering social justice and world peace.
To Dispel myths, stereotypes, prejudices and fear about faith traditions different from our own.
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