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Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Building Bridges to Albania and Bosnia

Learning from the Past, Living for the Future

Sheryl Olitzky, Founder and Executive Director of Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, wrote an article for Huffington Post about their trip to the Balkans with MEJDI Tours this past January! In the article, Sheryl says, We met many people during our trip to the Balkans. One thing was clear: our character–the “stuff” out of which we are…

Interfaith Trip Offers Lessons in Coexistence

The New Jersey Jewish News recently released an article about our trip to Albania and Bosnia with Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom this past January. In the article, it states – “Albania was the only country in Europe where the number of Jews increased during the Holocaust,” said Sheryl Olitzky of North Brunswick, national executive director and…

In the Balkans: to learn the meaning of “Besa”

Rabbi Kerry Olitzky joined our Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Building Bridges to Albania and Bosnia trip. He wrote an article about his experience on Big Tent Judiasm. He shared: I raised this question again and again in both countries: “What about intermarriage, particularly with those in the Jewish community?” In both cases, and, of course, even…

Last Day in Sarajevo

Today’s blog post comes from Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Building Bridges to Albania and Bosnia traveler Inas Younis… Today we departed from the beautiful city of Sarajevo , but not before we were treated to another spectacular day filled with quotable guests and five star meals. After we congregated for breakfast we headed to the…

Day Three – Bosnia

Today’s blog post comes from MEJDI Travel Planner Kelly, who is on the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom Building Bridges trip to Albania and Bosnia…   We started our day at the largest Mosque in the Balkans, the Bey Mosque. The ottoman architecture was exquisite and some of our group took the opportunity to pray. One…