Entries by Mike Ward

SCOTUS allows prayers at town meetings: Top 5 news stories

Prayer case divides Supreme Court justices along religious lines • Rialto school officials apologize for Holocaust assignment • 20 Are Held and Curfew Is Imposed After Attacks on Muslims in India • Report: Anti-Semitism heard at major Islamic conference in France • Muslim wrestler goes to the mat for his religious beliefs Last week’s top news, from our perspective: […]

Religion as Academic Content

Authored by Teaching Tolerance Sara Wicht The First Amendment defines the parameters of including religious content in U.S. public school classrooms, but teachers still wonder: What does religion as content look like? This year, Teaching Tolerance is teaming up with Tanenbaum to bring educators a series of five webinars about religious diversity in the classroom. […]

Tanenbaum recognized with social impact award

Dear Friends, As a nonprofit, we often have the privilege of recognizing people for their outstanding work – but rarely have the privilege of being recognized in our own right. That’s why we were so excited to hear that Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP (SRZ) chose Tanenbaum for its 2014 Brooks Burdette Pro Bono Award. […]

Palin baptism-terrorism controversy: Top 5 news stories

Sarah Palin calls waterboarding ‘baptism’ of terrorists • Hungarians march against anti-Semitism after far-right poll gains • Brunei adopts sharia law, others in Southeast Asia consider it • Sikhs stand up to bullying as they try to build understanding • United Church of Christ Sues North Carolina to Allow Gay Marriage Last week’s top news, […]

What you need to know about the National Day of Prayer

Tomorrow, May 1, marks the National Day of Prayer. We’ve received questions about this annual event in the past, so we thought it might be helpful to share what we know. The National Day of Prayer is held on the first Thursday of every May with people of all faiths invited to pray for the […]

Controversy at the 9/11 museum: Top 5 news stories

Last week’s top news, from our perspective: Film at 9/11 Museum Sets Off Clash Over Reference to Islam • Angry Muslims in Central African Republic call for partition • Army approves ‘humanist’ as religious preference • Business Window Stickers Protest Mississippi Law • British PM accused of fueling division with Christian talk   Film at 9/11 Museum […]

Building peace in Sri Lanka

As I made my way to my parents’ home this past weekend for the holiday, I could not help but think back to last week and meeting Dr. Jayantha Seneviratne (Jay). Jay is the husband of Tanenbaum’s Peacemaker in Action in Sri Lanka, Dishani Jayaweera, and her partner in founding and leading the Centre for […]

Man murders 3 people at Jewish-affiliated facilities: Top 5 News Stories

Last week’s top news, from our perspective: Alleged Kansas Jewish center gunman charged with murder • Demands That Jews Register in Eastern Ukraine Are Denounced, and Denied • Crosses Spark a Constitutional Fight • NYPD Shuts Down Controversial Unit That Spied On Muslims • Muslims in New York City Unite on Push to Add Holidays to School […]

Anti-Semitic slur by fire chief: Top 5 news stories

Anti-Semitic Slur by a Westchester Fire Chief Stirs Controversy • Tennessee Bigots Harassed This Young Muslim Journalist • Mississippi Governor Signs Controversial Religious Freedom Bill • Anti-Semitic incidents continue to decline in US • U.S. doesn’t rank high in religious diversity Last week’s top news, from our perspective:   Anti-Semitic Slur by a Westchester Fire Chief […]

Tips for Passover, Vaisakhi, & Easter

As you may be aware, the holiest times for millions of Americans are approaching. Passover begins at sundown on April 14 and ends at sundown on April 22. Easter is celebrated on a variety of days, depending on the tradition, but many will celebrate the holiday on April 20. And Vaisakhi, a festival celebrated by […]