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The Many Faces of Shalom

September 22, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT


“No more wars, no more bloodshed. Peace unto you. Shalom, salaam, forever.” — Menachem Begin

Drawn to the Hebrew word Shalom for its broader definition of peace, Eremos seeks to support people in responding to the uncertainty and challenges in our lives with the inward sense of completeness or wholeness shalom offers. As we embody more and more of the essence of shalom over time, we can then begin to behold the Divine no matter what is unfolding around us and act with love and compassion.

Seemingly elusive in these divisive and unsettling time, we invite you to join us for an evening immersed in shalom through powerful stories and experiences of what shalom means to three people with vastly different cultural experiences: Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Michelle Ami Reyes, Ph.D., and Simone Talma Flowers. Learn how they embrace its potential right now.

Leave with inspiration for living into the promise of shalom in your unique way and affirmation of the underlying love and compassion that support us on our journey to shalom.

Our esteemed panelists include:

Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Simone Talma Flowers

Michelle Ami Reyes, Ph.D.

This 90-minute inspiring conversation will include time for questions from the audience. Join us for this enriching experience as we come together for Shalom!

Hosted and moderated by Dianna Amorde, Executive Director of Eremos.

“God’s Shalom, peace, involves inevitable righteousness, justice, wholesomeness, fullness of life, participation in decision making, goodness, laughter, joy, compassion, sharing, and reconciliation.” 

— Desmond Tutu

Event Details


Thursday Evening, September 22nd



7pm to 8:30pm Central



Virtually: (via Zoom)



$25 per person, with gratitude to our sponsors for their help in keeping this ticket price so low. Partial scholarships are available for anyone in need.

“The living of shalom is all about what’s underneath the surface.”

— Dr. Terry McGonigal 

This program will be recorded for 30 days of viewing (in the cloud) by only registered guests.

ABOUT OUR panelists:

Rabbi Neil Blumofe

Honored to lead the Unshakeable Agudas Achim community — especially in these challenging times, Rabbi Blumofe believes that days of flourishing are still before us, as we continue to learn and share experiences with each other, take care of each other, and discover the power and abiding strength of sacred community. A graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary (Rabbinical School, Cantorial School, and Graduate School), and of the Academy for Jewish Religion – California (Rabbinical School), Rabbi Blumofe also teaches rabbinical and cantorial students studying at Academy for Jewish Religion (NY), and those studying for their degrees in Divinity at Austin Seminary, and The Seminary of the Southwest. Actively involved in civic life in Austin, he serves on multiple Boards and regularly convenes conversations and evenings of jazz — exploring identity, heritage, and meaning — connecting Judaism, spirituality, and African American traditions all within the storied history of the United States.  Father of three children, Rabbi Blumofe and his wife reside in Austin, TX.

Simone Talma Flowers

Executive Director of the Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT), Simone holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Business Administration from St. Edward’s University. Raised in Trinidad, she is passionate about her work with iACT: “Every day we touch lives, we change lives, simply by reaching out and connecting with people letting them know how important they are and how much they matter.” She has over 24 years of extensive experience in non-profit management and has served on numerous Boards including as President of St. James’ Episcopal School, Senior Warden at St. James’ Episcopal Church, Board Treasurer for Urban Roots Farm, Board member of Community Advancement Network (CAN), Secretary of the Ecumenical and Interreligious Leaders Network, and Chair of St. Edwards Alumni Association. Simone resides in Austin and is married to the Honorable Wilford Flowers.

Michelle Ami Reyes, Ph.D.

A second-generation Indian American author, speaker, and activist, Dr. Reyes serves as the Vice President of the Asian American Christian Collaborative and the Scholar in Residence at Hope Community Church, a minority-led multicultural church in East Austin that her husband, Aaron, and she co-planted. Author of Becoming All Things: How Small Changes Lead to Lasting Connections Across Cultures, and the co-author of The Race-Wise Family: Ten Postures to Becoming Households of Healing and Hope, Dr. Reyes is passionate about breaking cycles of injustice in our country and helping inspire and equip the next generation to live out their callings at the intersection of their faith and culture. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband and two children.

We are pleased to have Congregation Agudas Achim & Abiding Love Lutheran Church as a co-sponsors of this event with us!


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September 22, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
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