Entries by Nicole Margaretten

Tanenbaum’s 2017 Annual Report Is Here!

  Dear Friends, For those who believe in equality, nonviolence and multi-belief understanding, 2017 was a challenge. We saw children bullied without mercy and how religious bias fuels hate (it’s the #1 cause of hate crimes in New York State). And still, more than one-in-three U.S. workers still experience (or witness) religious bias at work. […]

Sharia: Just the Facts

Dear Friends, Do you know… What Sharia is really all about? How it’s practiced? What it means in the U.S.? Questions about Sharia are everywhere—in homes and schools, state legislatures and even our courts. These questions need fact-based answers. It’s the only way to move past our cultural assumptions and stereotypes. That’s why Tanenbaum’s Combating […]

Preventing Syria’s Next Massacre – Guest post by Hind Kabawat

This article was published on Medium by Tanenbaum Peacemaker in Action, Hind Kabawat, on July 31, 2018 As I walked among the tombstones that demarcate the Srebrenica Genocide Memorial for the infamous 1995 massacre, I could not help but draw parallels with my country’s own conflict. These 8,000 innocent Bosniak Muslims, left to be slaughtered by […]

Eid Mubarak!

Dear Friends, The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha will be celebrated between August 20th and August 21st this year! Eid-al-Adha, also known as the Feast of the Sacrifice, is an important holiday and those observing may wish to take the day off from work to celebrate with family and friends and attend to religious practices like […]

Washington had opinions on Religious Freedom-Combating Extremism

Dear Friends, To the Founding Fathers, freedom of religion was a cornerstone of American democracy—even before the Bill of Rights was adopted. Need proof? Check out the correspondence between America’s first president, George Washington, and Moses Seixas, the Hazzan of Newport’s Touro Synagogue of Congregation Jeshuat Israel. While they excluded enslaved African Americas and Native […]

Tanenbaum named 2018 Nissan Foundation Grant Recipient

To download the press release, please click here. Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding named 2018 Nissan Foundation Grant Recipient Nissan Foundation grant to fund “Combating Extremism and Promoting Respect: A Public Education Campaign” aimed at promoting critical thinking, conversation and reflection to address religious-based fear, misinformation and prejudice. In 26th year, Nissan Foundation maintains its […]

Hear Our #FoundingFathers!

Dear Friends, There will be lots of July 4th talk on Twitter in the coming days… So we put together a Combating Extremism Resource for July 4th Tweeting about our #FoundingFathers and what they had to say about liberty – including religious liberty. Please take a look! If any appeal to you, please tweet for our […]

Pioneer Day is Coming Soon!

Dear Friends, Did you know that July 24th is Pioneer Day? Pioneer Day is one of the major holidays of Mormonism (Latter-day Saints). The holiday is often observed with parades, fireworks and Old West reenactments to commemorate the arrival of Brigham Young and his followers in Salt Lake Valley. To learn more about the history […]

The Muslim Ban – Who’s Next??

Dear Friends: Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Travel Ban, which we believe to be a Muslim Ban, is a disheartening moment for people dedicated to religious pluralism. At it’s essence, the travel ban targets people of a particular religion. In this case, it’s Muslims… but it leaves open the question – Who’s next? […]

Free NCSS Webinars: Religion, Social Studies and You

Our webinar series, Religion, Social Studies and You is now available for free access on our YouTube Channel! This four-part webinar series will focus on ways to incorporate inclusive pedagogical approaches for addressing different faith traditions and cultures in the classroom consistent with the First Amendment. Based on Tanenbaum’s* Seven Principles of Inclusive Education and […]