Stronger than the Storm

“Only together, we were stronger than the storm.” –    Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action, Abuna Elias Chacour (Israel/Palestine)   To most people, the idea of the Tanenbaum Peacemakers Network’s Working Retreat may bring to mind images of a relaxing week, with people hanging out, enjoying good food and having friendly conversations. And in some ways this is true, but it’s […]

Beyond Grief

Friends— This weekend left no time to grieve. Instead, there was only time for fear. More Americans have died at the hands of white domestic terrorists since 2001 than from any other type of terrorist attack in our country. Men, women and children of every religion, race, nationality, age, gender, ethnicity, sex and class are […]

The Power of Peacemakers

Friends— This week, we welcomed two dozen religiously-motivated peace activists—Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers and some of their mentees—to our Network Working Retreat #PIAretreat2019. Throughout the week, they share their stories and explore ways they can respond to defeat violence. One participant broke our hearts as she shared the following:  “I was working with the youth. A 12-year-old boy came to […]

Less Than Three-In-Ten Americans Know Rosh Hashana Is The Jewish New Year

Friends- Did you know that 8 in 10 Americans correctly answer questions about Christian traditions? But that less than 3 out of 10 Americans are familiar with some basic facts about other religions—including Judaism? (See the Pew Research Center’s new poll: What Americans Know about Religion).Given the surge in anti-Semitic hate crimes being reported, those […]

It’s Time to be ENRAGED!

Friends— I watch news often, and view a variety of sources. But last night, on CNN, I listened and watched Don Lemon read the famous words of a Lutheran Pastor from Nazi Germany, Pastor Martin Niemoller, First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out – because I was not a socialist. […]