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THE OPEN-FAITH SALON: Moving from Judgment to Compassion

Sunday September 10, 2017 – 7:00-9:00pm

You shall love your neighbor as you love yourself.  Compassion is not just one of the highest forms of human relationships; it is considered a Divine virtue, held sacred by every world religion.  When we practice compassion we acknowledge that the ties that bind us to each other through our shared humanity are stronger than the differences that separate us. When we separate ourselves from others and judge their behaviors, choices, lives, we cut ourselves off from the possibility of discovering all the ways we may learn and grow by exploring our different perspectives.  Worse still, we cut ourselves off from our own capacities to love and feel with others.  

In this Salon we will explore the topic of Moving from Judgment to Compassion from three different faith-based perspectives. Our esteemed speakers will share stories about how their traditions inform their work with people too often dismissed as considered “other” and how we might increase compassion through self-reflection, engaged spiritual practice, and social action.


  • Rabbi Dorothy Richman, Jewish and Buddhist
  • Laura Magnani, Society of Friends (Quaker)
  • Ameena Jandali, Muslim
  • Moderated by Estelle Frankel

Like the European-inspired salons of yore, this will be an evening of shared stories and practices, spiritual edification and dialogue involving leaders and members of different faith communities. At a time when so many people are erecting walls to keep “others” out, we seek to build bridges of understanding made up of our shared values and aspirations. This gathering is our special way of marking the anniversary of 9-11.

$5-20 recommended donation (no one turned away for lack of funds)

The Open-Faith Salon is dedicated to the memory and legacy of Sheikh Ibrahim Baba Farajaje whose work to build bridges between different faith communities remains an inspiration to all who seek to create peace and understanding through interfaith dialogue.  


September 10, 2017


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Chochmat Halev
2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705 United States



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