As a family lawyer, Shoshana is familiar with helping to resolve conflict. After welcoming Faraj, a Syrian refugee, into her Cambridge home, she has continued to use her professional and personal experiences to reach out to others. As a practicing Jew, Shoshana believes that everyone has the ability to create positive change in the lives of others, no matter how big or small. She attributes her approach to her family background. Her mother was a New York based psychoanalyst and her grandfather was a rabbi, the 19th in a long line of Jewish scholars, originating from Latvia. Shoshana strives for a world where every human being is valued – irrespective of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or class.
Speaking together at TEDxLondonSalon, Faraj Alnasser and Shoshana Goldhill will discuss identity and being accepted regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
To create a world where everyone has the ability to unlock their potential.
Faraj is a Syrian refugee from Aleppo. Living through the conflict was a challenge – but as a gay man in Syria, life was even less straightforward. Growing up in a conservative Muslim household meant that Faraj struggled to gain acceptance by his loved ones and discussions around his identity led to frequent arguments. In 2012, Faraj and his family woke up to the sound of bombs and fled to Cairo. His family continued to struggle with who he was and, soon after, he secretly left for Turkey, leaving his home, his school and his family behind.
I would like to change myself and that is the first step to changing the world. Always myself first.