A Webinar Series for the Jewish Community Relations Field

JCPA’s 4-part webinar series to help guide the Jewish community relations field on how to work with the American Muslim community and build grassroots Muslim-Jewish relationships. The webinars feature experts who teach the basics of Islam, provide guidance on how to find local dialogue partners, and give you the tools needed to create successful Muslim-Jewish programming designed to facilitate working together on areas of common concern.

FEBRUARY 13 at 4:00 P.M. Organizational Structures of the American Muslim Community


Imam Antepli completed his basic training and education in his native Turkey. From 1996-2003 he worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. He is the founder and executive board member of the Association of College Muslim Chaplains (ACMC) and a board member of the Association for College and University Religious Affairs (ACURA). From 2003 to 2005 he served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University. He then moved to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was the associate director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations, as well as an adjunct faculty member.

He previously served as Duke University first Muslim chaplain from July 2008 to 2014. In his current work at Duke, Antepli engages students, faculty, and staff across and beyond campus through seminars, panels, and other avenues to provide a Muslim voice and perspective to the discussions of faith, spirituality, social justice, and more. Imam Antepli also serves as a faculty member in the Duke Divinity School and at DISC (Duke Islamic Studies Center), teaching a variety of courses on Islam and Muslim cultures.


MARCH 13 at 4:00 P.M. Best Practices for Grassroots Muslim-Jewish Conversations


David Brandwein, a retired environmental engineer/attorney, is the immediate past Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Hartford. He became involved in Muslim-Jewish relations through the Building Abrahamic Partnerships program at Hartford Seminary in 2008-09. David is a co-founder of the Brunch Bunch, a now 5-year old group of Muslim and Jewish couples who meet regularly in each others homes, and who are planning a trip to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan in April 2018.


Diane Fisher is the director of the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley. Restarting a folded JCRC in 2005, 12 years later the JCRC is a vibrant partner across interfaith and domestic policy arenas in Silicon Valley. In addition to facilitating a strong JCRC board, Diane leads the Teen Interfaith Leadership Council of Santa Clara County and the African American Jewish Partnership Project. Communal board service includes Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC) and Sacred Heart Community Services.


Rabbi Bob Kaplan is currently the founding Director of The Center for Community Leadership, a division of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC), the central coordinating and resource body for 62 major Jewish organizations in the metropolitan New York area. Mr. Kaplan is involved in a variety of issues including conflict resolution, coalition building, interracial/inter-religious relationships, combating hate crimes, and community building.



April 10 at 4:00 P.M. Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom


Sheryl Olitzky is cofounder of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, emerging out of a local women’s group—which she also cofounded—designed to foster abiding relationships that are built on mutual trust, respect and friendship between local Muslim and Jewish women. The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom is the first national grassroots organization of Muslim and Jewish women committed to living in harmony, developing meaningful relationships who work together to limit acts of anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment. Sheryl combined her strong leadership, relationship building and organizational skills with her passion to rid the world of hate in starting this organization. Sheryl has extensive training and vast experience in identifying unmet needs in the marketplace and in facilitating/moderating group discussion. Sheryl can be found teaching high school and university students around the world about interfaith relationship building, presenting to women about the power of interfaith dialogue and engagement, visiting the chapters of the Sisterhood located around the country, or leading building bridges trips to locations of significant interest to Muslims and Jews. She is a contributor to Huffington Post, Interfaith Observer, and The Forward.


JANUARY 16 at 4:00 P.M. The Basics of Islam


FEBRUARY 13 at 4:00 P.M. Organizational Structures of the American Muslim Community