Tanenbaum.org https://tanenbaum.org Combating Religious Prejudice Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:40:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://tanenbaum.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/cropped-FaviconLogo-1-32x32.png Tanenbaum.org https://tanenbaum.org 32 32 Scheduling, decorations, and inclusivity: The December Dilemma https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/10/dec-dilemma/ Wed, 21 Oct 2020 20:40:53 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18374 Dear Friends, The winter holiday season often raises questions about how best to address inclusivity and accommodation in your organization. Whether your organization is considering which holidays to acknowledge and how, what holiday decorations are appropriate to put up, or how to host a celebration that’s inclusive for all, you’re likely to encounter the December […]

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Dear Friends,

The winter holiday season often raises questions about how best to address inclusivity and accommodation in your organization. Whether your organization is considering which holidays to acknowledge and how, what holiday decorations are appropriate to put up, or how to host a celebration that’s inclusive for all, you’re likely to encounter the December Dilemma this season! Here at Tanenbaum, we believe this time is an opportunity to learn about and embrace our diversity.

Our December Dilemma Fact Sheet will address questions about time off and scheduling, decorations, and holiday greetings.

There are plenty of opportunities for education and celebration, beginning with Diwali, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and even Lunar New Year in early 2021.

In peace,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum


 

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An Upcoming Festival of Lights https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/10/diwali-festival-of-lights/ Wed, 14 Oct 2020 13:00:31 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18307 Dear Friends, Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is fast approaching! This year, Diwali will take place on November 14th. Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists around the world celebrate this New Year festival. Diwali is also an official holiday in a number of countries in South Asia and around the world. To learn […]

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Dear Friends,

Diwali, known as the Festival of Lights, is fast approaching! This year, Diwali will take place on November 14th. Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and some Buddhists around the world celebrate this New Year festival. Diwali is also an official holiday in a number of countries in South Asia and around the world.

To learn more about Diwali and its potential workforce implications, please consult our Diwali Fact Sheet.

Warm regards,

In Friendship,

Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

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Indigenous People’s Day https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/10/indigenous-peoples-day/ Tue, 13 Oct 2020 01:38:24 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18349 Dear Tanenbaum Community, Today is being recognized by people, cities, and states as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day to honor and celebrate Indigenous communities across the U.S. Decades of activist communities, most notably the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Native American Youth Movement (NAYM), have pushed for an alternative to Columbus Day since the […]

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Dear Tanenbaum Community,

Today is being recognized by people, cities, and states as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a day to honor and celebrate Indigenous communities across the U.S. Decades of activist communities, most notably the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Native American Youth Movement (NAYM), have pushed for an alternative to Columbus Day since the 1970s. As of now, over 130 cities in 15 states, and a growing number of school districts, celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of, or in addition to, Columbus Day.

This pause is an opportunity to honor indigenous peoples and commemorate their rich histories and cultures. Honoring Indigenous Peoples’ Day is part of an ongoing effort to hear history from the perspective of first nations people. It is a day to celebrate Native cultures and recognize the fights for justice and autonomy that indigenous people still face globally. At Tanenbaum, we’d like to offer some ways to honor Indigenous peoples today, and every day –


Listen

  • Celebrating Indigenous People Instead of Columbus: Many Native Americans balk at the idea of celebrating Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of a land they had already called home for centuries—and of dedicating a holiday to a man who sparked what they call a genocide.
  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day and the Rise of Indigenous Voices: Indigenous Peoples’ Day proclamations are rapidly replacing Columbus Day across the U.S. In this episode, the NDN Collective talks to five Indigenous activists and organizers about their work and what Indigenous Peoples’ Day means to them.


Watch:

  • Earth & the Divine Webinar Conversation: The conversation drew on the Lenape community’s work to increase local biodiversity, and the grassroots sustainability work of Bhumi Global with Hindu communities and international communities’ writ large. Watch to learn more about how religious communities at the local, regional, and global levels are relating to and being responsible for the Earth.
  • Columbus in America: A documentary on the rise and fall of an American icon.


Read:

Act:

On Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we must take time to remember the lives that were stolen, the wealth extracted, and those who fought – along with those who continue to fight – for an end to the legacy of colonialism.

In solidarity,

Rev. Mark Fowler,
CEO, Tanenbaum

 


 

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How to stop bullies https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/10/stop-bullies/ Fri, 09 Oct 2020 14:15:29 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18344 Tanenbaum’s trainings and curricula help educators reduce bullying in their schools and communities. By talking to children about religious differences, teachers can create learning environments that build respect for people of all religious beliefs and none. Hear from Tanenbaum’s Philanthropic Bridge Builder, Marcy Syms about the importance of Tanenbaum’s work, and her wish to expand […]

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Tanenbaum’s trainings and curricula help educators reduce bullying in their schools and communities. By talking to children about religious differences, teachers can create learning environments that build respect for people of all religious beliefs and none.

Hear from Tanenbaum’s Philanthropic Bridge Builder, Marcy Syms about the importance of Tanenbaum’s work, and her wish to expand our reach over the next five years.

Click here to support this important work by donating through our website or text to pledge at 347-970-2803.

Rev. Mark Fowler,
CEO, Tanenbaum


 

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Your help is needed to teach respect https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/10/your-help-is-needed/ Fri, 02 Oct 2020 19:02:14 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18317 As teaching respect for differences becomes especially critical, please consider a contribution to Tanenbaum’s education work. Hear from Tanenbaum’s 2020 Philanthropic Bridge Builder, Marcy Syms, about why she believes our work is so important. Tanenbaum’s curricula and resources teach students about the importance of respecting others’ religious beliefs and practices, and are formatted to be […]

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As teaching respect for differences becomes especially critical, please consider a contribution to Tanenbaum’s education work. Hear from Tanenbaum’s 2020 Philanthropic Bridge Builder, Marcy Syms, about why she believes our work is so important. Tanenbaum’s curricula and resources teach students about the importance of respecting others’ religious beliefs and practices, and are formatted to be used in both in-person and virtual settings.

Please visit our website to make a contribution today and help Tanenbaum teach children that there is a fourth R in the critical subjects for life’s learning – “reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic and RESPECT.

Rev. Mark Fowler,
CEO, Tanenbaum

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More than just a day for trick-or-treating https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/09/more-than-trick-or-treating/ Tue, 29 Sep 2020 21:09:13 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18308 Friends – More than just a day for trick-or-treating and parades, Halloween may have origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It’s also far from the only important holiday that occurs during this time of year. Holidays such as Day of the Dead, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day also have a great […]

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Friends –

More than just a day for trick-or-treating and parades, Halloween may have origins in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. It’s also far from the only important holiday that occurs during this time of year. Holidays such as Day of the Dead, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day also have a great deal of meaning for those who celebrate.

Learn more about the importance of these upcoming holidays in Tanenbaum’s new Halloween Fact Sheet.

In Friendship,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum


 

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New Webinar Series! Privilege, Race & Religion in the U.S. https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/09/privilege-race-religion/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 22:12:45 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18296



Following Tanenbaum’s four-part Spring Speaker Series, we are pleased to provide an upcoming two-part Fall Speaker Series. The focus this fall will be on the intersection of race and religion, with an emphasis on how these identities and their intersectionality can impact, and be impacted by, the workplace. Across two dates, Tanenbaum CEO, Rev. Mark Fowler will speak with two thought leaders who have each recently published books on this topic of intersectionality.

Join us on Thursday, October 1st for Mark’s conversation with Dr. Khyati Y. Joshi, author of White Christian Privilege and professor of education at Fairleigh Dickenson University. They will discuss Christian privilege, normativity, and hegemony in the United States. Furthermore, attendees will learn more about the ways in which white Christian privilege disadvantages racial and religious minorities in America – and how workplaces can proactively counter those disadvantages.

On Tuesday, October 13th Mark will speak with Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., author of White Too Long and CEO and founder of Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI). They will delve into the relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy, drawing on historical analyses and PRRI’s research on the topic. Their conversation will illustrate the ways in which the long and fraught intersections of race and religion in the U.S. continue to shape the present.

We are grateful to the support of The Walt Disney Company and Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance in making these conversations possible. Both conversations will include closed captioning provided by Vitac.

Click here to register for the October 1st conversation with Dr. Joshi
Click here to register for the October 13th conversation with Dr. Jones

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Join Us Oct. 13 – Privilege, Race & Religion in the U.S. https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/09/robert-p-jones/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 19:36:41 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18294



Join Us for a Live Webinar!
RSVP at: http://tinyurl.com/RobertPJones

Tuesday, October 13, 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET

Panelists:

  • Rev. Mark Fowler, CEO, Tanenbaum
  • Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., CEO and Founder, Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) and author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity

Join Tanenbaum CEO, Rev. Mark Fowler and Robert P. Jones, Ph.D., author of White Too Long, to explore the relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy. Drawing on compelling historical analysis and Dr. Jones’ own research, this conversation will begin to illustrate the ways in which the long and fraught intersection of race and religion in the U.S. continues to shape the present.

Special thanks to our sponsors, Rice Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance and The Walt Disney Company.

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Let’s add RESPECT to all school curricula https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/09/respect/ Wed, 23 Sep 2020 18:45:21 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18292


As students head back to school please help Tanenbaum move forward in our education work, building awareness about the fourth “R” in the critical subjects for life’s learning – reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmetic and RESPECT.

Please visit our website to make a contribution today. Or text to pledge at 347-970-2803.

Thank you for helping Tanenbaum move forward,

Rev. Mark Fowler
CEO, Tanenbaum

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What Can We Learn From RGB? https://tanenbaum.org/blog/2020/09/rgb/ Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:15:05 +0000 https://tanenbaum.org/?p=18289 Dear Tanenbaum Community, A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment because they were needed most, and were the most righteous. And so it was that Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, died as the sun was settling on […]

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Dear Tanenbaum Community,

A Jewish teaching says those who die just before the Jewish new year are the ones God has held back until the last moment because they were needed most, and were the most righteous. And so it was that Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, died as the sun was settling on Friday, marking the beginning of Rosh Hashanah.

Throughout her life, Justice Ginsberg has often reflected on what it was like growing up in Brooklyn, in the shadow of WWII and the Holocaust, and the large imprint this left on her. She said in one interview, “It makes you more empathetic to people who are not insiders, who are outsiders.” At Tanenbaum, we similarly work to promote justice and build respect for people across faith traditions, especially those considered “outsiders.”

While anti-Semitism was widely accepted in 1933 when Justice Ginsberg was born, throughout her career she worked tirelessly to make the court more hospitable to Jews and other minorities. She convinced the court that explicitly framing the calendar year as Christian was offensive to Jews, and worked to excise it. She was also a powerful voice on the court helping women ensure their right to sign a mortgage without a man; have a bank account without a male co-signer; have a job without being discriminated based on gender; and retain job security regardless of familial or pregnancy status.

There is no doubt that Justice Ginsburg’s work has cracked open many doorways that have more widely been pushed open by and for others. May the world remember her as the fierce advocate for justice that she was, and may her life and lessons be for a blessing.

With reverence,

Rev. Mark Fowler

 


 

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