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AUTHOR EVENT: We Refuse to be Enemies: How Muslims and Jews Can Make Peace, One Friendship at a Time

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
3:00 – 4:30 pm EDT
Location: Online Webinar - Zoom link sent 72 hours prior to event
Contact: Sandy Merrill

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How can Muslims and Jews make peace with each other? Come learn from two co-authors on their life journeys towards friendship and peace.

Come join co-authors Sabeeha Rehman and Walter Ruby as they discuss their new book We Refuse to be Enemies. How Muslims and Jews Can Make Peace, One Friendship at a Time. In this book they share their overlapping life journeys: of a Muslim-American woman of Pakistani origin and a Jewish-American man who spent formative years in Israel. This is the story of how they connected and embarked on a mission to bring their communities together at a fraught historical moment when American Muslims and Jews are imperiled by the rise of white nationalism. They share their stories of finding commonalities between their faiths, they wrestle with some sensitive issues, and they share their vision and roadmap for reconciliation.
Sabeeha and Walter believe that if Muslims and Jews—alienated from each other for decades by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—can achieve reconciliation, it will serve as an inspiring example for people of diverse faiths and strongly held political viewpoints,  that they too can connect with each other. It all begins with a willingness to reach across the psychic barricades to someone we have been conditioned to fear, and declare: ‘We Refuse to be Enemies’.


Sabeeha Rehman

Walter Ruby

Sabeeha Rehman is a blogger, public speaker and author of the memoir, “Threading My Prayer Rug. One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim”.  She is an op-ed contributor to the Houses of Worship column of the Wall Street Journal. Her pieces have been published in the New York Daily News, Forward,, Tiferet and Sabeeha migrated from Pakistan to the United States in 1971, after her marriage to a Pakistani doctor in New York.  She holds a Masters in Healthcare Administration, and has had a 25-year career as a hospital executive.  Her career spanned hospitals in New York, New Jersey, and Saudi Arabia.

As a public speaker, Ms. Rehman has spent several decades engaging in interfaith dialogue, including keynote speaker. Sabeeha serves as a board member of the Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, and the National Autism Assoc. New York Metro chapter. She blogs on topics related to American Muslim experience and current events on her website at  Ms. Sabeeha Rehman lives in New York City with her husband Khalid, a retired Hematologist/Oncologist. They have two sons and four grandchildren.

Walter Ruby had a life-changing experience as a reporter covering the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace in Seville, Spain in 2006, and decided to dedicate himself going forward to the mission of nurturing ties of communication, reconciliation and cooperation between Jews and Muslims. From 2008-2017, as Muslim-Jewish Relations Director at the New York-based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Ruby brought together Muslims and Jews and synagogues and mosques for dialogue, friendship building and joint community service actions. Walter presently serves as executive director of Jews, Muslims and Allies Acting Together (JAMAAT) in Greater Washington, and as coordinator of the Washington Area Chapter of Project Rozana, which works to strengthen ties between Israelis and Palestinians through health care.

Mr. Ruby worked as a journalist for more than 30 years: for the Jerusalem Post, Ma’ariv, The Forward, New York Jewish Week, London Jewish Chronicle, Washington Jewish Week, and other publications and had postings in Haifa, Israel, New York and Moscow. Walter is a co-author of the memoir of Michael Edelstein entitled “Live Another Day: How I Survived the Holocaust and Realized the American Dream”. Ruby presently writes a blog focused primarily on politics entitled Walter Ruby: Keeping Hope Alive.  A passionate traveler with a penchant for long distance rambles on foot, Walter lives with his wife Tanya in Frederick, Maryland.

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Material from, 18:53:33 April 14, 2021.
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