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Dr. Georgette Bennett recounts how she founded the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, (MFA), and forged a series of partnerships across national, tribal, and religious boundaries to impact an overwhelming crisis against near-impossible odds. Since its founding, MFA has delivered over $250 Million in humanitarian aid to more than 2.7 million Syrians derailed by war.
Dr. Georgette Bennett is an award-winning sociologist, widely published author, popular lecturer, and former broadcast journalist. An innovative and entrepreneurial leader, she is an active philanthropist focusing on conflict resolution and intergroup relations. In 2013, Bennett founded the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees (MFA) and has since worked to raise awareness and mobilize $250 million of humanitarian aid on behalf of more than two and half million Syrian war victims. In 1992, she founded the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, the go-to organization for combating religious prejudice. She is also a 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 U.S. State Department Religion and Foreign Policy initiative’s working group on conflict mitigation, tasked with developing recommendations for the U.S. 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. She serves on the Boards of Third Way, Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, Center for Peace Communications, the Advisory Boards of the International Rescue Committee, and the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Jewish Theological Seminary. She was awarded the AARP Purpose Prize for her work with MFA and recently received an Extraordinary Women Award from the 92nd Street Y. In 2021, Bennett was included in Forbes 50 Over 50 Women of Impact list, and cited, along with Condoleezza Rice and Susan Rice as women who helped shape the course of modern American foreign policy and human rights. Her book, Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By: How One Woman Confronted the Greatest Humanitarian Conflict of Our Time was published in late 2021. Her next book, Religicide, co-authored with Nobel Peace Prize Co-recipient, Jerry White, will be released in November 2022. To her notable list of achievements, Dr. Bennett has recently added TED speaker.
Thou Shalt Not Stand Idly By will grip you as you follow Georgette on her improbable journey of establishing the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees with only her beliefs, her sheer determination, her guiding spirit, and her promise of “Never Again”.
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