Nisi Jacobs is the founder and CEO of WoMen Fight AntiSemitism, which describes itself as welcoming “all genders and races to fight for equality and against Antisemitism.” WoMen Fight AntiSemitism draws inspiration from Bella Abzug, founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, and Betty Friedan who unearthed that American women were being systematically tranquilized not liberated.
Nisi attended Stuyvesant High School in 1987 thanks to Alice De Rivera who successfully sued against the school's all-boy policy in 1969. At Stuyvesant, Nisi studied with Frank McCourt, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning memoir 'Angela's Ashes' and was awarded the Stuyvesant Award for Creative Writing by McCourt. Nisi is a 3D editor on productions that have screened at the MoMA, Lincoln Center, The Whitney, Tribeca Film Festival, Museum of Moving Image, Pompadou, Berlin Festival, among other venues. https://WoMenFightAntiSemitism.org
Originally from Brookline, MA, Deborah Friedman is a marketing specialist and activist living in Durham, NC. As she watched Durham fall victim to the BDS Movement, a passion for fighting Antisemitism was awakened. As a contributor for Jewish issues, she’s written about the BDS Movement in various publications.
Deborah was at the forefront of the size acceptance movement as a feature writer for the first national “plus” size magazine, BBW. Size activism and Zionism inform her bold brand of feminism. She brings her sensibility to the WMFA.
Asmi Fathelbab is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn. She has experience in community work, has worked on political campaigns and has a double majored BA in Comparative Religions and Creative Writing, a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and is currently working on her PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Yasmine Mohammed is an Arab-Canadian college instructor, activist, podcaster, and writer who has written a memoir entitled: From Al Qaeda to Atheism: The Girl Who Would Not Submit. Yasmine shares her story of growing up in an Islamic fundamentalist home and then being forced into marriage. She now works to offer hope to ex-Muslims, atheists and freethinkers.
Anila Ali’s work with the Inter-faith community has made her a leading voice for Muslims in America. She speaks regularly on Women Rights and Islam, Counter Terrorism, Radical Islam, and shares her extensive knowledge with audiences large and small. Her next book “Being a Muslim Woman in Trump’s America” is expected to be published in Summer 2017. In the book, she recounts her journey to America and discusses the political and social experiences that motivated her to leadership of Muslims in America. The book also takes aims at misconceptions and stereotypes about Muslim women in America and abroad. Moreover, it sheds light on the oppression of women in Muslim countries and the denial of their God-given equal rights in Islam.
Anila Ali is an advocate for communities building trusting relationships with law enforcement. As a Muslim leader, she knows that the community is the first line of defense against radicalization. She builds on countering hate with positive narratives and works with non-profits, community organizations, and Inter faith organizations, to build coalitions of support. Ali regularly conducts talks at temples, churches and other political and non-profit, organizations that invite her to speak.
Anila Ali is the founder of AMWEC (American Muslim Women’s Empowerment Council) which works to bring women into the community conversation, encouraging volunteerism, public service and leadership amongst Muslim women. She is also the founder of the Irvine Pakistani Parents Association to raise money for public schools within the city of Irvine. As Chair of the International Leadership Foundation, (ILF, a non-partisan, non-profit, based in D.C.) www.ileader.orgshe provides Asian American youth annual internships to 19 federal government agencies and The White House. ILF promotes civic awareness and engagement of Asian Americans in all fields of government and the economy. Anila Ali also founded CalPak Educational Services to create an online college degree program between Coastline Community College and Cal State Fullerton, California. This program makes American education available in Pakistan at a fraction of the cost and provides young people, especially girls, an opportunity to pursue higher education where social values and cost may be prohibitive. http://anilaali.com
I am a fourth generation Cantor and Founder of the Women Cantors’ Network, a passionate Zionist, feminist, artist-singer-guitarist-cellist. I enjoy Swedish weaving and keeping lessons and songs of my mentor, Elie Wiesel z’l, in our collective memories. Proudly serving as a cantor since 1976, 18 years in my pulpit in Ridgefield. www.cantordebbie.com