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Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.
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President of Tanenbaum since its founding in 1992, Dr. Bennett has been the driving force behind all of Tanenbaum’s programs. A widely published author, organizational development consultant, popular lecturer, broadcast journalist, and public affairs/marketing specialist, she is an innovative and entrepreneurial leader. Always at the cutting edge, the hallmark of her vision is an institutionally-based approach to creating change. As such, she has guided Tanenbaum in creating usable knowledge that moves beyond dialogue to action.

Under her leadership Tanenbaum became the leading resource for religious diversity in the workplace, and has given numerous briefings to leadership Fortune 500 companies worldwide, as well as at professional meetings such as The Conference Board and the Society for Human Resource Management. In the course of that work she realized the need for sector-specific initiatives, giving rise to Tanenbaum’s health care programming – today the organization’s fastest-growing area.

She spearheaded Tanenbaum’s education program, creating academic curricula embedded with lessons of inclusivity and respect, which has reached thousands of students. Dr. Bennett also created the Peacemakers in Action program to analyze approaches to religious peacemaking and their applicability to other conflicts, earning the recognition of the United Nations, United States Institute of Peace and a host of other international peacebuilding and diplomatic organizations.

Dr. Bennett holds her doctorate in sociology and is a former faculty member of the City University of New York and NYU’s School of Education. She has authored four books and over 50 articles in scholarly, professional and popular publications. Her last book, Crimewarps: The Future of Crime in America, was proposed for a Pulitzer Prize.

Dr. Bennett received the 1997 Interfaith Gold Medallion from the International Council of Christians and Jews, the title of distinguished Advisor from the Search Institute, the Nostra Aetate award from the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding, the Distinguished Service Award from the New York City Comptroller’s office and two national awards from the American Society for Public Administration. She has also been nominated for the Templeton Prize, and was selected as a member of the Society for Human Resource Management’s Workplace Diversity Special Expertise Panel. In 2011, she was named one of Women of Wealth magazine’s top 80 mentoring leaders.

Entries by Georgette Bennett, Ph.D.

Why Blame Victims Of Terror For The Evil Acts Of The Terrorists?

(22) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 3:19 PM

The author and mother in 1948,

Paris, 1948: A couple and their toddler arrive in Paris from Budapest. The toddler is me. My parents have survived the horrors of the Holocaust - the camps; the pitiless deaths of their parents, spouses, children, siblings; the...

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Maintaining Hope as We Work to End Religious Conflicts

(5) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 6:55 PM

How do most people get information about other religions? Sadly, from news coverage of the more than 50 sectarian conflicts that dominate international headlines.

I was recently reminded of this by Rabbi Justus Baird from Auburn Seminary, who makes the eloquent case for multifaith education as a...

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Syrian Refugee Crisis Strains Jordan's Resources

(0) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 2:21 PM


Dr. Georgette F. Bennett meets with Syrian refugee family in Za'atari refugee camp

From a distance, it looks like a billowing sea of white on an endless flat plane. But, as our car approaches, the sea takes form. We are in a...

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Abortion: Whose Religious Beliefs Should Prevail?

(4) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:10 PM

The Supreme Court made a monumental decision at the end of its current session. It ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby's bid to limit the types of contraceptives covered by its employee health insurance plans. Founders David and Barbara Green are willing to cover 16 of the 20 kinds of...

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J'Accuse - My Tale of Two Countries

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:28 PM

J'accuse and déjà vu -- French words that seem particularly apt in looking at the rising anti-Semitism in Hungary and France.

J'accuse, because it was the name of Emil Zola's 1898 tract on the anti-Semitic miscarriage of justice that led to the 1894 imprisonment of Alfred Dreyfus on false charges...
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It's Time to Assist Our Syrian Brothers and Sisters

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 12:40 PM

Peace talks finally began last week in the Syrian conflict -- a conflict that is causing the greatest humanitarian crisis in the 21st Century.

The future of these talks is uncertain. But one thing we do know. We cannot allow the Syrian civil war to continue to...

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Sodom and Gomorrah Revisited

(2037) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 11:28 AM

Last year, my husband and I took a cruise of the Adriatic. Our traveling companions were a recently married gay couple. They had been together for 50 years by the time same-sex marriage was legalized in New York State. Once that happened, they decided to make their union "official."

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Evangelical Christians: The First American Liberals

(4) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 2:28 PM

Evangelical Christians have gotten a bum rap. And this is a Jew speaking.

Many Americans operate under the grade school notion that it was the Puritans who introduced religious freedom to the New World. They didn't. In escaping their own religious persecution in England, they came to America to set...

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Jesus Christ Superstar Resurrected

(9) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 9:38 AM

Matthew Sweet, a British reporter, recently asked me for an interview. He was writing a piece for the Daily Telegraph on a London revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar," which was also recently revived in New York. He sought me out for my response to a critique made by...

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Writing Jews Out of History: The Sounds of Silence

(43) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 2:00 PM

Last Friday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. A British associate of mine sent me the link to Archbishop Rowan Williams' message, which was distributed to honor that occasion. Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is Primate of All England and spokesperson for the worldwide Anglican Communion, which includes the Episcopal Church. He...

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One Nation Under God: Do You Need to be a Good Christian to be a Good President?

(121) Comments | Posted January 19, 2012 | 1:20 PM

A poll reported by the Salt Lake Tribune at the end of December highlights a worrisome trend: two-thirds of Democrats and nearly 90 percent of Republicans want Presidential candidates to be Christians. Article VI of the Constitution declares: "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification...

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Interfaith Peace in the Face of Escalating Christian-Muslim Conflict

(17) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 11:20 AM

Armed conflict between Christians and Muslims is on the rise. Most recently, we have seen attacks in Egypt take on a disturbingly sectarian dimension, but this trend has been spreading through the Middle East and Northern and sub-Saharan Africa for some time. One need only look at the ongoing attacks...

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Tanenbaum Center 9/11 Reflection: For A Unified, Understanding New York

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 4:52 PM

On 9/11, Tanenbaum's staff was required to report to the office by 8:30 a.m., an hour earlier than usual. At that time, our offices were located in the Empire State Building and directly overlooked the World Trade Center. No sooner had we all assembled than we saw a plane fly...

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