We Refuse To Be Enemies
Tuesday, February 13th, 7 pm
Laikin Auditorium, JCC Indianapolis
Join us for a free community program featuring Sabeeha Rehman and Walter Ruby, a Muslim woman and Jewish man who have spent decades doing interfaith work and nurturing cooperation among communities.
Growing up in Pakistan before she immigrated to the United States, Sabeeha never met a Jew,
and her view was colored by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In his youth, Walter never met a
Muslim, and his opinion was shaped by Leon Uris’s Exodus. Yet together they have formed a
friendship and collaboration. Tapping their own life stories and entering into dialogue within the
book, they explain how they have found commonalities between their respective faiths and
discuss shared principles and lessons, how their perceptions of the Other have evolved, and the
pushback they faced. They wrestle with the two elephants in the room: the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict and polarizing material in the histories and holy texts of Judaism and Islam. And they
share their vision for reconciliation, offering concrete principles for building an alliance in
support of religious freedom and human rights.
This program is free and open to the public, though registration is required. We Refuse to be Enemies will be available for sale and Watler and Sabeeha will be happy to sign the book after the program.
A JEDI program made possible by the generous donors to the JCC Social Justice Fund.