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Friends –

This week, we sat down with Sandra Bookman, host of the ABC show, Here & Now, to discuss Tanenbaum’s years of combating religious bigotry.

The episode airs this Sunday, January 19 on ABC 7 News at noon!

Tune in for a riveting conversation about the increase in religiously motivated hate crimes, and how Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers in Action Network are combating bigotry around the world.

In friendship,

Joyce S. Dubensky & Mark Fowler
Tanenbaum CEO & Deputy CEO

 


 

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Remembering the Very Rev. James Morton https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/01/rev-james-morton/ Wed, 08 Jan 2020 18:28:09 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=17357

Credit: James Estrin/The New York Times

The other day, I received an official notice from Rev. Chloe Breyer via email, announcing the death of the founder of the Interfaith Center of New York. The Very Rev. James Morton, an icon and interreligious leader of enormous stature, had passed. Her tribute recalled the breadth of his contributions. I paused to think of how I remembered him.

But what struck me later, were two other emails I received. I got an email from Scottie Twine, a former colleague, one of my partners in building Tanenbaum and a dear friend, who wrote to make sure that several of us had taken note of Jim’s passing.

She knew Jim Morton from living on the Upper West Side and from her own social justice and environmental work (he served on the organization she and her husband founded, Upper Westside Recycling). Scottie shared that Jim and his wife Pamela had reached their 65th anniversary just before he passed. She closed her note to me by saying “Jim was a man who followed his heart, and we’re glad to have had him in our lives.”

A second came from Tanenbaum‘s founder and Board President, Georgette Bennett. She had seen Scottie‘s email and shared her own personal memories and special moments that are not to be forgotten.

The public tributes on Jim’s work from the arts to housing to visioning will no doubt continue in the days to come. But I think the greatest tributes are the quiet sharings of friends, who remember Jim Morton, are grateful for his life, and hold him in their hearts.

May his memory be for a blessing,

Joyce Dubensky
Tanenbaum CEO


 

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Lunar New Year is around the corner https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/01/lunar-new-year-2020/ Tue, 07 Jan 2020 15:30:33 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=17348 Dear friends,

Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is coming up on January 25th! The holiday is celebrated by many across Asia and around the world.

Observances of Lunar New Year vary throughout the world, with a common theme of celebrating time together and gathering with family. Employees may require time off and organizations should be aware of the holiday’s business implications.

Learn more from our Lunar New Year Fact Sheet!

In friendship,

Mark Fowler
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum


 

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Our 2020 Resolutions https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2019/12/2020-resolutions/ Tue, 31 Dec 2019 17:59:58 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=17294 Friends—

At Tanenbaum, we’re excited to welcome 2020 with you — by sharing our New Year’s Resolutions from diverse religions, beliefs and traditions.

The following words of wisdom inspire us to create change, one day at a time. We hope they inspire you as well,

Joyce S. Dubensky
CEO, Tanenbaum

Click to download PDF


SHARED VISIONS

FOR 2020, TANENBAUM RESOLVES…

To Live the Golden Rule
In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.
Christianity, Matthew 7:12

To Embrace Religious Differences
Consort with the followers of all religions in a spirit of friendliness and fellowship.
The Bahá’í Faith, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, Bishárát

To Act Virtuously
Cultivate virtue in yourself, And it will be true.
Taoism, Tao Te Ching chapter 54

To Respect the Earth 
Ether, air, fire, water, earth, planets, all creatures, directions, trees and plants, rivers and seas, they are all organs of God’s body. Remembering this a devotee respects all species.
Hinduism, Srimad Bhagavatam (2.2.41)

To Treat the Stranger with Kindness
And a stranger shalt thou not wrong, neither shalt thou oppress him; for ye were strangers in the land
of Egypt.
Judaism, Exodus 22:20

To Challenge Fake News
I replied thus: I am Zoroaster, the staunch enemy of liars and falsehood. I shall fight against liars as long as I have strength and shall uphold truth and righteous people whole heartedly.
Zoroastrianism, Yasna 43 (Verse 8)

To Advocate for Justice
O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just.
Islam, Sahih International 4:135

To Speak with Honesty and Compassion
Speak only that which will bring you honor.
Sikhism, Guru Nanak, Sri Guru Granth Sahib

To Practice Nonviolence 
One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble. Buddhism, Dhammapada (Verse 270)

To Make Peace Possible
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
Confucianism, Confucius

 


 

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Holidays & Hate: NY’s Anti-Semitism https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2019/12/new-yorks-anti-semitism/ Sun, 29 Dec 2019 19:23:36 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=17299 Friends—

We are in the midst of a season of celebration, family and friend time, holidays, activity—and most of us have limited bandwidth for the daily news stories that keep unfolding.

But we have a responsibility to see what is happening, including in our own communities. Yesterday, 5 Jews celebrating Chanukah were attacked and stabbed for being Jews. It is the 8th anti-Semitic crime in New York this month. And NY is one of the MOST diverse states in our nation!

As we pause to celebrate, let’s also take note. And then go from resolution to action, helping us create an anti-anti-Semitism Movement in 2020. If not now, when?

Joyce S. Dubensky
Tanenbaum CEO

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The New Faces of Human Rights https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2019/12/new-faces-of-human-rights/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:16:12 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=17256

Friends –

Human Rights is more than a theory. It’s a vision and a responsibility. Just ask the newest generation of human rights activists—Malala Yousafzai, Greta Thunberg, Emma Gonzalez, Marley Dias, Joshua Wong—youth leaders having real impact.

They know that social justice is furthered through actions both small and large, by each of us. That’s why we’re calling on the Tanenbaum community to take small actions to tackle one of our biggest problems: Extremism and Fake News on Social Media.

Misinformation is the enemy of mutual understanding. Fake news causes viewers to react rather than reflect, disarming us with algorithms and exaggerated emotion. That’s why recognizing and combating fake news matters. It’s one of the easiest ways to engage in social action.

At Tanenbaum, we provide “how-to” resources for recognizing extremism and fake news on social media and for countering it.

Arm yourself with knowledge, resources and know that universal human rights begin with you, in small places, close to home.

We can do it together,

Joyce

 


Image: Callum Shaw

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Scheduling, greetings, décor, oh my! https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2019/11/scheduling-greetings-decor-oh-my/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 22:37:35 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=17217

Dear Friends,

As the winter months are fast approaching, we look forward to the light and joy that comes with celebrations of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa. All three holidays begin within days of one another this year and also may bring challenges that impact the workplace.

Whether it’s concerns of scheduling, greetings, decor, or associated stressors, this busy time of year can be complicated to navigate. To help you feel more prepared, we have fact sheets on each holiday that you can refer to for Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and the December Dilemma.

If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch and we can talk through potential solutions to support you and your workplace.

In peace,

Mark Fowler,
Deputy CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

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Sending our thanks… https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2019/11/sending-our-thanks/ Tue, 26 Nov 2019 22:13:05 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=17216

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to reflect on the people for whom we are grateful. For those of us at Tanenbaum, you are among the people we appreciate. Because you help us to counter hate and promote ways to treat one another respectfully.

That’s why, even though we know you’re getting lots of thank you emails from organizations you care about, we still wanted to pause to acknowledge that you’re making a difference by sharing the Tanenbaum journey with us.

We thank you for caring about the harm done by religious bigotry.
We thank you for reading our materials and sharing them.
We thank you for emailing us that you use our materials to teach students.
We thank you for your support because all your gifts to us—both large and small—make our work possible.

With appreciation and best wishes for a caring holiday season,
Joyce, Mark and all your Tanenbaum friends and colleagues

 


Photo: Aaron Berger

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Holidays in the Hospital https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2019/11/holidays-in-the-hospital/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:28:11 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=17197 As the end of the year approaches, whether you are decorating a tree with colorful lights, lighting a menorah, or burning a Yule log, it’s important to keep in mind that while holidays are an opportunity to celebrate culturally and religiously significant events, they are also an opportunity to learn more about traditions that are unfamiliar to us.

Tanenbaum likes to call this stretch of holidays the “December Dilemma,” as this convergence can often result in misunderstandings, miscommunication, and marginalization of less familiar traditions. There is no space in which this is more important than the hospital, where patients and their families may adhere to certain celebratory beliefs and practices that impact their care. For example, when observing Yom Kippur, which usually falls in September or October, many Jewish patients engage in fasting, prayer, and reflection. This could impact scheduling appointments, medication intake, and other dietary needs or concerns. Similar considerations also apply to Muslim patients observing the holy month of Ramadan.

Additionally, hospital staff and co-workers may also have certain religious and cultural practices that could impact scheduling, diet, and religious/cultural expression. In 24-hour workplaces, it is already difficult to try to schedule meetings with staff, provide food that everyone can eat, and ensure that requests for time off are accommodated. The holiday season can further complicate this when workplaces often have holiday celebrations and many staff members request off to celebrate with their friends and family. In order to better navigate these situations, Tanenbaum has put together some recommendations and resources, so you can proactively and respectfully address issues and conflicts that arise!

First, it is important to be aware of the holidays that may fall in or around December.

These include:

Eid al-Fitr, a celebration that marks the end of Ramadan in the Muslim faith. The Eid has shifting dates, and although it has fallen over the summer during recent years (it will fall in early-June in 2019), it can fall much later in the calendar and is, therefore, a holiday to consider in thinking about the December Dilemma.

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights. This five-day celebration usually falls in October or November. In 2019, Diwali begins on October 27th and ends on October 31st.

Bodhi Day, a Buddhist holiday celebrating Siddhartha Guatama’s (the Buddha’s) realization and presentation to his fellow seekers of the Four Noble Truths. Bodhi Day is traditionally celebrated on December 8th (the 8th day of the 12th lunar month).

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. This eight-day holiday can fall in late November, December, or occasionally early January. In 2019, Hanukkah will start at sundown on December 22nd and end at sundown on December 30th.

Christmas, a celebration of the birth of Jesus, the central figure of Christianity. Christmas is celebrated on December 25th by Christians who use the Gregorian calendar. Christians using the Julian calendar—many of whom are Eastern Orthodox Christians—celebrate Christmas on December 25th on the Julian calendar, which translates into January 7th on the Gregorian calendar.

Kwanzaa, a week-long secular holiday honoring African-American heritage. This holiday is observed from December 26th through January 1st each year by some African-Americans in the United States.

The Lunar New Year, a traditional Chinese holiday marking the end of winter that falls sometime during January or February (in 2020, it falls on January 25th). The Lunar New Year is an East and South East Asian celebration. In China, it is known as the “Spring Festival” and marks the end of the winter season.

Yule, a Wiccan or Pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice, will occur (in the northern hemisphere) on December 21, 2019. Yule celebrates the rebirth of the sun, the beginning of the time when the days will become longer, and welcomes the bounty of spring.

Second, it is also a good idea to download an interfaith calendar, like the one provided by Harvard Divinity School, so your calendar can make you aware of upcoming events and celebrations. For more recommendations and tips for navigating the December Dilemma, please refer to our December Dilemma resource, our religious factsheets, or our Tips for Respectful Communication.

May you all have a safe and happy holiday season!

Warmest regards,

The Tanenbaum Health Care Team

 


 

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Tonight’s the Night to Confront Hate! https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2019/11/confront-hate/ Thu, 14 Nov 2019 17:54:01 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=17167

Tonight is the night to join us at “Confronting Hate: Examining Anti-Semitism Through Religious and Ideological World Views.” Please see below for some important information and reminders.

If you are joining us in person, the doors will open at 6:00 pm. This Courageous Conversation will take place from 6:30 – 8:00 pm at One Spirit Learning Alliance (247 West 36th St, 6th floor). Please check-in at our registration table upon arrival.

If you are joining us remotely, please click the link below to join the webinar via Zoom:

https://zoom.us/j/6374166188

Or Telephone:

US: +1 646 876 9923

Webinar ID: 637 416 6188

Please be advised that this webinar will be recorded live and will be posted online following the event.

Food for the event is sponsored by Khyber Pass. The Courageous Conversation event series is made possible thanks to our partners at the Nissan Foundation!

Please contact Dasha Tanner, dtanner@tanenbaum.org if you have any questions.

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