Posts Tagged: Interreligious

Christian and Jewish Leaders Achieve Breakthrough, Resuming Dialogue and Engagement



The heads of Jewish and Christian organizations and denominations met in an unprecedented summit in New York City today to discuss strategies to strengthen and maintain relationships even in the face of significant disagreements. The gathering to discuss relationships and how we treat each other was the first to bring together these groups since a […]

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Internet Round-Up: The Best Jewish Stories on the Web



Here are just a few of the recent stories from across the webosphere that speak directly to (and about) Reform Jews. What Jewish stories have you been reading recently? Leave a comment and let us know! “Britain Wonders if Baby Prince Will be Circumcised; Prince Charles Snipped by Royal Mohel,”  Algemeiner British royal watchers wonder […]

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Reflections on Meeting Pope Francis



by Rabbi Rick Block On Monday, I had the privilege of meeting Pope Francis, accompanied by my wife, Susie, and members of a small delegation of Jewish leaders from International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations (IJCIC), of which the Central Conference of American Rabbis is a member. We met at the Apostolic Palace, the Pope’s […]

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The Cardinal Directions in the Tabernacle



by Karen Humphrey In the last few weeks, our Torah portions have dealt a lot with the design and construction of the Tabernacle. In reading commentary on these portions, one of the things that caught my eye was the way the four cardinal points of the compass were used in the Tabernacle. I began to […]

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One Hundred Jewish Youth Professionals Walk Into a Church…



by Barb Shimansky, MSW I knew going into the Youth Engagement Conference that our Sunday morning trip to the First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church would be a highlight of the weekend. Learning how another faith organization engages their youth would surely provide some insight into how we as Jewish professionals can do the same. […]

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#FaithsCalling: Phones Ring Off Hook in Congress



When more than 10,000 members of the faith community called their Senators on Monday, the halls of the Capitol were ringing with the voices of gun violence prevention advocates. With 75 religious denominations and organizations participating in an interfaith call to prevent gun violence, it was clear that members of the faith community are ready […]

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Reading on the Train



by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat I wasn’t paying attention when I chose where to drop my bags and settle in, but by sheer luck I picked the side of the train which runs right alongside the Hudson. At this season the hills are a deep brown-purple and the water reflects the grey sky. The tawny reeds […]

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Be a Voice for Reproductive Rights



I’ll never forget Sarah. Sarah was a young woman who sought me out for guidance and support during a very troubling time. She had had sexual intercourse for the first time. Not only was she devastated that afterward the guy revealed that he didn’t really like her as much as she liked him, but also […]

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The Sin of Sowing Hatred of Islam



Two weeks ago, on the morning of Sept. 11, I noticed a woman wearing a traditional Muslim head covering on the packed platform of the train station in Scarsdale, N.Y. Her attention was focused on a billboard ad that announced “19,250 deadly Islamic attacks since 9/11/01” and pre-empted those who might dispute that claim with […]

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Rabbi Saperstein Submits Testimony on Hate Crimes



On August 6th, 2012, Wade Michael Page – identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as having ties to white supremacist and neo-Nazi organizations – open fired at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights responded yesterday by holding a public hearing on […]

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So That None Stand Alone



by Rabbi Paula Marcus I wrote this poem in the wake of this month’s shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and included them in the remarks I gave at a community peace rally last week to pledge against violence. I have been invited to speak at the local Sikh Temple within the next few […]

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Stop, In the Name of God!



by Rabbi Evan Moffic In 1903 philosopher W.E.B. DuBois said the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line. The problem of the 21st century may well be the problem of the religion line. The two are interconnected and feed off each other. This truth came into sharp focus last week […]

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The Sikhs Next Door



by Colin Hogan On Friday, I was finishing up a project I had meant to complete for a few months now. I had been asked by the Sikh Coalition to evaluate a film and curriculum they recently designed for students in grades 6-12 called “The Sikh Next Door.” The Sikh Coalition is the national organization […]

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A Community Mourns – and Lives



by Rabbi Jeff Goldwasser When members of a minority religion with a history of being persecuted are again victimized with baseless hatred and violence, decent people come to stand by their side. That is what I saw in 2003 when the cemetery of the congregation I served was vandalized. Last night, I tried to do […]

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