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Tanenbaum mourns the loss of friend & leader, Arthur Hoffman

Tanenbaum mourns the loss on August 9th, 2016 of a great philanthropic leader, a man of who exemplified integrity and a commitment to social justice, and our true friend, Arthur Hoffman. Arthur was not only a gift to The Leir Charitable Foundations, but also a gift to so many people and organizations seeking to make the world a better place.

Arthur lived a life of commitment – To his family. To his profession. And in recent years, to carrying out the vision of Henry Leir through his service at The Leir Charitable Foundations as President.

Always a deep and critical thinker, Arthur brought integrity and care to the big picture and the details that make it up. He shared his connections, sought to bring together potential colleagues to create change, and was dedicated to ensuring that, together, we were building a more just world.

Arthur’s loyal support for Tanenbaum’s mission was profound. For that, and for his humanity, his grace, and his passion, the Tanenbaum family will deeply miss him. 

For our personal friendship, long discussions, and Arthur’s many insights, I will think of him often and wish we had more time. May his memory be for a blessing.

Joyce S. Dubensky
Tanenbaum CEO

Tanenbaum’s Top Five New Stories

Popes headed toward sainthood • Transgendered minister opens up about his experiences • Jimmy Carter speaks out against the abuse of women • Faith healing parents’ homicide conviction upheld • Muslims & Jews gather in Sarjevo to combat religious prejudice

Last week's top stories from Tanenbaum's perspective: 

Popes headed toward sainthood
The Washington Post
Last week, good news rained upon popes named John. Pope Francis approved John Paul II for sainthood and decided to canonize John XXIII. According to the article, “Francis approved a decree that a Costa Rican woman’s inexplicable cure from a deadly brain aneurism was the ‘miracle’ needed to canonize John Paul.” Pope Francis also deemed that only one miracle attributed to John XXIII’s intercession was sufficient for his canonization. Read more…

Transgendered minister opens up about his experiencesThe Huffington Post
What if one Sunday, you attended a service at your church and your minister – after 28 years of service – decided to reveal that he was born a female? For Rev. David Weekly, a United Methodist minister, “There was a lot of support, but a lot of push back.” Learn more…

Jimmy Carter speaks out against the abuse of womenReligion News Service
At “Mobilizing Faith for Women: Engaging the Power of Religion and Belief to Advance Human Rights and Dignity,” President Jimmy Carter opened his remarks by calling the abuses of women “the most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violations on earth.” Discover more about Carter’s thoughts on the intersection of religion and women’s rights.

Faith healing parents’ homicide conviction upheldNational Public Radio
Did you know that 303 children have died since 1975 after medical care was withheld on religious grounds? In 2008, one 11-year-old diabetic girl died on Easter Sunday because her parents refused to bring her to the doctor. The parents preferred prayer and were convicted of homicide one year later. Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled 6-1 “that the state's immunity provisions for prayer treatment parents protect them from child abuse charges but nothing else.”  After the decision was announced, the father’s lawyer said, “"If I was advising a parent on faith healing, I'd say there is no privilege," Miller said. "They pretty much gutted it." Read more…

Muslims & Jews gather in Sarjevo to combat religious prejudiceThe Huffington Post
A group of Muslims and Jews gathered in Sarajevo to combat Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. The goal of the conference, organized by The Muslim Jewish Conference in Vienna, “"is to provide the next generation with a learning experience for life and a positive outlook for establishing intercultural relations and sustaining Muslim-Jewish partnerships." Learn more…