Entries by LWasserberger

International Women’s Day – and Religion!

Dear Friends: Today is International Women’s Day! Celebrated for over 100 years, this honorary day spotlights achievements of women around the world and recognizes our ongoing need for political, economic and social equality. Please join in me in honoring women worldwide by reading and sharing two of Tanenbaum’s Combating Extremism resources that highlight the bravery, power and […]

Religion & Respecting Women – Combating Extremism

Dear Friends: What is religion’s role in the #MeToo movement? Take a minute to reflect. As some thoughtful and brave members of the Christian faith remind us, religion (in their tradition—as in all others) has been both complicit and redemptive. Fortunately, there are actionable steps our faith leaders can take to ensure that the #MeToo movement is not just a #MeToo moment. That […]

Remembering Rev. Dr. Billy Graham

Thank you Rev. Dr. Billy Graham for your guidance and dedication. Tanenbaum mourns the loss of our Advisory Board member. Rest in peace. In remembrance, we share your teachings… When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. Courage is contagious. When a […]

Parkland, Florida: Seeing the Signs

Dear Friends: It’s intolerable that I am writing to you, yet again, in mourning for lives lost at the hands of a mass shooter, this time in a Parkland, Florida high school. Seventeen students and educators taken too soon, again leaving families torn apart. Others hospitalized and a community left in shambles. Of course, I am sad. […]

Tanenbaum Awarded 2018 Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize

Tanenbaum, a non-profit organization that promotes religious understanding in schools, workplaces, health care settings and regions of armed conflict across the globe has been awarded Hofstra University’s 2018 Guru Nanak Interfaith Prize, President Stuart Rabinowitz announced today. The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, founded 25 years ago and based in Lower Manhattan, offers programs and resources […]

MLK’s Weapon of Choice – For Combating Extremism

Dear Friends: 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. And one week from today, people across all faiths, in over 100 countries, will pause to honor his life. That is one of his many extraordinary legacies. King’s vision, strategic wisdom, and resilience continue to inspire us. That’s why, […]

Myanmar: When Nationalism Gets Violent – Combating Extremism

Dear Friends: Often, it is easy to feel disconnected from world events. But what we are seeing in Myanmar, fervent nationalism—at the expense of religious respect for diversity—is tragically, and dangerously, a current global phenomenon. Since we sent you our most recent Combating Extremism campaign resources about the Rohingya Crisis only a few weeks ago, the U.N. Secretary-General has called for […]

Texas: Words Alone are Failing Us

Friends, After the Las Vegas massacre a mere 37 days ago, I, among many others, said that thoughts and prayers from the public and politicians alike—no matter how genuine and supportive—are not enough. Sadly, yesterday, the inadequacy of words alone proved to be all-too-true, as Sutherland Springs, Texas experienced the worst church shooting in this country’s […]

Rohingya: On the Brink of Genocide – Combating Extremism

Dear Friends: The photos are heart-wrenching. In one, a woman embraces the lifeless body of a toddler. In another, a teary-eyed young boy holds out his hand, desperate for food. These are the faces of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority community in Myanmar—now facing ethnic cleansing. Maybe you’ve seen their faces in the news: Rohingya […]