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Nancy Fuchs Kreimer
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Nancy Fuchs Kreimer is the Director of the Department of Multifaith Studies and Initiatives at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College where she is Associate Professor of Religious Studies. Since 1989, she has helped develop courses in Christianity, Islam, Eastern Religions and Science and Religion for rabbinical students, including courses that integrate service with academic learning. She also teaches undergraduates a course on "Muslim-Jewish Dialogue" at City College of New York. She is on the board of Clergy Beyond Borders and of the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia. She blogs at and hosts a Facebook group, Muslim-Jewish Dialogue.

Entries by Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

A Time for Free Speech... And More of It

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2015 | 1:57 PM


When Justice Louis Brandeis affirmed the freedom of speech in a Supreme Court decision in 1927, he was well aware that such liberty made possible the "dissemination of noxious doctrine." As Jews and Christians in Philadelphia prepared for the weekend in...

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Who Gets to Say What Is 'Islamic?'

(7) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 4:41 PM

"It is Islamic. Very Islamic!" That was Graham Wood's description of ISIS in his recent cover story for The Atlantic Monthly "What Isis Really Wants and How to Stop it."

Wood -- who is not himself a Muslim -- provides important information about ISIS. (ISIS is not just...

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A Rabbi's Perspective on 'A New New Testament'

(1) Comments | Posted May 6, 2013 | 6:27 PM

When my friend and colleague Rev. Hal Taussig told me about his plans for "a new New Testament," the idea instantly made perfect sense to me.

2013-04-18-NewNewTestament.bmp Hal is a scholar and professor of New Testament, most recently at Union Theological Seminary...

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Leviticus 9:1-11:47: Aaron's Sons, Ben Azzai and Marriage Equality

(64) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 9:37 AM

Last week, as the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding marriage equality for same-sex couples, I returned, as I do each year, to the Torah portion Shemini, with its cryptic report of the tragic fate of two sons of Aaron, Nadav and Avihu. This...

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The Huppah and the Supreme Court: A New Year's Resolution

(2) Comments | Posted January 9, 2013 | 12:07 PM

2013-01-03-ChupahXSmall.jpg Back in1982, a young couple came to me with an unusual request. They wanted a Jewish wedding that included a public statement acknowledging what they referred to as their "heterosexual privilege." They felt it was important while under the huppah to recognize that they...

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'Life of Pi': Can a Movie Make You Believe in God?

(342) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 2:34 PM

While there are many new films in the theaters this holiday season, "Life of Pi" seemed to be required viewing for me. As an interfaith educator, how could I not see a film, whose protagonist, a boy named Pi, is born a Hindu, loves Jesus and practices Islam? While Pi's...

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To Bigotry No Sanction

(13) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 12:37 PM

This post was coauthored by Seth F. Kreimer, Kenneth W. Gemmill Professor, University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

Pamela Geller's "Support Israel, Defeat Jihad" ad campaign arrived in New York subway stations this month. The campaign strives to be as clever as it is malevolent. Geller claims it...

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My Neighbor's Faith: Trouble Praying

(4) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 8:10 AM

"I envy you Jews," said the young German as he poured my morning coffee.

The year was 1980. I was the guest of a graduate student at Heidelberg University. My stay in his home was part of a month-long trip through Germany with Jews and Christians engaged in "post-Holocaust interfaith...

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Shabbat HaGadol: Setting The Table For Passover

(19) Comments | Posted March 27, 2012 | 12:04 PM

Earlier this month, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, in the midst of a difficult election season, attacked both Muslim and Jewish slaughter practices, halal and kashrut. He called for Muslims and Jews to give up their "ancestral traditions" of religious slaughter, saying they...

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A Tale of One Mosque and Two News Stories

(12) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 12:51 PM


This is the tale of one city, one Islamic Center and two news stories. An iconic photo, taken a year and a half ago, represents the first story: a plywood sign announcing "Future Site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro," spray painted over with...

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The Good News About American Islamophobia

(113) Comments | Posted September 16, 2011 | 1:00 PM

While meeting to prepare my taxes, my accountant asked me, "What's new and good in your line of work?" She knows that I am a long time interfaith educator and that in the last few years I have been working in coalitions with members of other faith communities to combat...

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Jewish Heresies, Then and Now

(5) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 1:00 PM

What is a rabbi to do?

My inbox this morning includes a petition from my local Jewish Community Relations Council opposing the Palestinian bid for statehood at the United Nations, a request from a Jewish lobby that supports a two state solution and a message from a colleague asking...

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Religious Hatred is American Treason: Peter King Hearings and a Lesson from 1921

(9) Comments | Posted March 15, 2011 | 2:12 PM

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In the weeks leading up to the House hearings on "the radicalization of American Muslims," anti-Muslim rhetoric continued apace in some segments of the media. At an Islamic Society of North America dinner in...

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In the Spittin' Image of God

(11) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 5:14 PM

When I was a child in the late 1950s, before I was able to read, there was a book in my home called The Family of Man, a compilation of photographs that had recently been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The collection was, as...

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September 11, 2010: A Time for Turning

(12) Comments | Posted September 10, 2010 | 8:58 PM

This post was co-written with Hussein Rashid.

September 11. The date, the words are still so evocative. Hate, anger, fear, sorrow, loss. Nine years after the event, emotions can still be as intense as they were in 2001. For some Americans, September 11 is the anniversary of their loved one's...

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Park51 Should Not Be Complicated for Jews

(40) Comments | Posted August 24, 2010 | 4:27 AM

"It's very complex at this point," a Muslim American told the New York Times. The controversy swirling around Park51, the proposed Islamic community center in lower Manhattan is, for some, a difficult issue. But as a Jew, I find the question of my own response simple. The...

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Proposed Muslim Community Center Near Ground Zero: 'A Slap in the Face' or 'Repairing the Breach?'

(417) Comments | Posted May 21, 2010 | 4:24 AM

Two blocks from Ground Zero -- around the corner from the Glad Tidings Tabernacle and up the street from the Christian Science Reading Room -- stands a former Burlington Coat Factory outlet damaged on September 11th . If all goes as planned, it will soon house Cordoba House, a community...

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Philadelphians Walk for Peace: An Interfaith Spiritual Journey

(1) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 2:18 AM

2010-04-22-interfaithpeacewalk.jpg This Sunday, rain or shine, hundreds of Philadelphians (last year there were 800) from a staggering variety of traditions will spend the afternoon walking together through the streets of their city from one religious institution to the next. At each stop they...

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Alleged Muslim Power over Holocaust Curriculum: Please Don't Forward!

(73) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 3:24 PM

"This is Not a Joke! Do Not Delete!" The email, with its urgent subject heading, found its way to my Inbox through a long series of forwards. The text demanded that I send the message on to at least 10 others, as "a memorial chain for those who died...

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