Phyllis Levy and Asma Kasuba, two women leading the local South Jersey chapter of the international Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, visit the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast to discuss the group’s efforts to bridge cultural and social gaps between Jewish and Muslim women worldwide.
“Our mission is to build trust, respect, and relationships between American and Canadian Muslim and Jewish women and teenage girls,” says the group’s website. “Together the women commit to end acts of anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim sentiment, stand up for one another when hate is aimed at our communities and engage in social action work.”
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About the Guests
Asma Roomi Kasuba is a Muslim American woman, residing in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. With an Indian heritage, and born in Montreal, Canada, she has spent most of her life in New Jersey. Having lived all over the state, she considers herself a true Jersey Girl. Growing up in New Jersey with a very small Muslim community at that time, Asma was always interested in her faith, and its connection to her environment and her peers- exploring “Who am I?” and “How do I fit here?”. Beyond the cultural and faith learnings, Asma embarked on an exploration of faith roots, cultural influence, and defining a new American Muslim experience for young Muslim immigrants growing up in New Jersey. Raised in a diverse community, Asma felt empowered to make connections and build bridges thru interfaith work as an adult. Further impassioned to break through negative stereotype and Islamophobia, Asma strives to integrate Islam and Muslims in the communities where she lives and works. Asma is a pharmaceutical development professional. She has previously worked at other large pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Asma has a BS in Biochemistry and MBA in International Business, PMP and SAMP. She has 3 boys whole fill her and her husband’s lives with joy and chaos.
Phyllis Savar Levy is a nationally respected developer, acquirer, and marketer of new products and services. Her career spans over 30 years as both an executive within, and as a consultant to, Fortune 500 firms in the food, pharmaceutical, and general consumer world. She and her teams developed and grew multiple successful new products for several prominent companies such as J&J, Campbell Soup, Aramark, NutriSystem, GlaxoSmithKline, and most recently, Rita’s Italian Ices. She now directs her own company, as CEO/Founder of GrowingPoints, LLC, a new products consultancy. Over the past two decades, Phyllis has enjoyed teaching positions and consulting faculty roles at The Wharton School, her alma mater. Phyllis is co-chair of the Cherry Hill chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, and serves on the National Board of the World Union of Progressive Judaism. She has enjoyed prior positions on the National Board of MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, the Board of Advisors for Hillel at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Board of the South Jersey Jewish Community Relations Council. Currently, Phyllis is a student in the Hashpa’ah (Spiritual Direction) program with ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal. She is preparing herself to bring her marketing and new products expertise to the Jewish world, in her next career move. Most importantly, she and her husband, Michael, have two adult children, their spouses, and four grandchildren who are all the lights of her life!