Women of Vision Conference Slated

February 15, 2007

Author: Shant Morgan Durisseau

Source: Ventura County Star

http://www.venturacountystar.com/vcs/community/article/0,1375,VCS_1796_5353397,00.html

Temple Beth Torah's Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller didn't think that she and a Japanese-American woman and member of the Ventura Seventh-day Adventist Church had much in common. But when the rabbi began a dialogue with the woman during the Women of Vision Conference two years ago, Hochberg-Miller learned that the two shared a common history of pain.

"It was very powerful," said Hochberg-Miller, who recalled that the woman's father was one of the thousands of Americans of Japanese heritage forced by the U.S. government to relocate to internment camps during World War II. The rabbi says she felt a bond and compassion because of the experience of the Holocaust, when European Jews were interned and killed by the Nazis during World War II.

"We had these shared pains between these two cultures and religions," she added.

Hochberg-Miller said her experience is an example of the type of relationships formed at the annual conference, which also salutes women for their achievements.

She encourages women of all religions and beliefs to attend the ninth annual All Faiths Women of Vision Conference, a program of the Ventura Interfaith Ministerial Association. The conference is from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at the First United Methodist Church, Ventura. A $10 donation is appreciated. Students can attend for free. Child care will be provided with a reservation.