Women of Vision

Dr. Georgette Bennett: The Power of Interfaith Alliances

Dr. Georgette Bennett, founder of the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) and the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, has shown the world that by bridging ethnic and religious divides, by working together, individuals can have enormous impact. Listen as Dr. Bennett discusses her humanitarian work with Hadassah CEO Janice Weinman, including what inspired her to help Syrian refugees and how she builds interfaith alliances to serve the common good.


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About this episode

Hadassah Presents: Women of Vision broadcasts on TalkLine with Zev Brenner, the flagship program of TalkLine Network. Listen to the show at hadassah.org/radio and, in the New York Metropolitan Area, on WSNR 620 AM Radio.

Dr. Georgette Bennett is an award-winning sociologist, widely published author, popular lecturer and former broadcast journalist. In 2013, Bennett founded the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees and has since worked to raise awareness and raised more than $160 million in humanitarian aid on behalf of Syrian war victims. She also founded the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding and co-founder of the Global Covenant of Religions/Global Covenant Partners, which focuses on delegitimizing the use of religion to justify violence and extremism.

Bennett served in the US State Department, developing recommendations for the Secretary of State on countering religion-based violence. She is Immediate Past Chair of the Jewish Funders Network and Honorary President of Religions for Peace and serves on the boards of Third Way, the Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, the Inter Jewish Muslim Alliance and the Advisory Boards of the International Rescue Committee and the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Among many honors, Bennett was awarded the AARP Purpose Prize for her work with MFA and received an Extraordinary Women Award from the 92nd Street Y. Her book, Crimewarps: The Future of Crime in America, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; her new book, Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By: How One Woman Confronted the Greatest Humanitarian Crisis of Our Time will be published this year.

Dr. Janice Weinman has nearly 50 years of experience and accomplishments in the not-for-profit and government sectors. In addition to almost a decade as Hadassah’s CEO/Executive Director, she served as President of K.I.D.S., an organization supporting millions of children in need around the world; Corporate Vice President for External Affairs of The Mount Sinai Hospital/NYU Medical Center and Health System in New York City; Executive Director and CEO of the American Association of University Women; and Executive Vice President of the College Board. She was the assistant to the United States Secretary of Education in both the Carter and Clinton administrations and has held professional and volunteer positions at a variety of civic organizations. Dr. Weinman earned an EdD and an MA from Harvard University and a BA from Brandeis University.

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