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Breaking Down the Extremist Barriers to Tolerance and Understanding

Russell Simmons | Posted 06.11.2015 | Religion
Russell Simmons

Racism and bigotry can infect the fabric of a community, leading to a slow erosion of its democratic values and ideals. But what factors contribute to the rise of these judgments of character in the first place?

Mandela's Road to Reconciliation: The Next Stop on the Journey

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 02.11.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

In 2003, I traveled to South Africa with my dear friend, Martin Luther King III, at the invitation of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies, where we spoke at their centenary celebration on the state of black-Jewish relations in the United States.

VIDEO: Muslims and Jews Vow to Stand Up for Each Other, Build Global Movement of Reconciliation

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 12.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

There is a widely accepted belief that Muslims and Jews are enemies and will always remain so. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Muslim And Jewish Leaders Unite To Combat Hatred

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 07.31.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

The hard truth is both Jews and Muslims are imperiled in many parts of the world. We are most effective in confronting these dangers by pooling our efforts and truly becoming our brother's keeper.

Boston Bombers Do Not Represent American Muslims

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

In the wake of the horrific attacks in Boston last week perpetrated by two ethnic Chechen brothers who appear to have been motivated by extreme Islamist ideology, we are already seeing a dangerous tendency to blame the overall American Muslim community for the heinous deeds of a very few.

Passover: A Timeless Message For African Americans And Jews

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 05.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

In our modern era, the open question remains: How will we, as an ever-more diverse and often fractious nation, avoid the fate of the ancient Egyptians, and instead succeed in responding to the challenge of the ninth plague?

What Makes Russell Simmons Happy?

Posted 03.04.2013 | Healthy Living

Russell Simmons talks about the positive act of making positive changes, his connection to kids and his love for yoga. The following is an excerpt fr...

Hearings On Rising Anti-Semitism Must Acknowledge Muslim Leaders Willing To Condemn It

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

The greatly increased willingness of European Muslim leaders to denounce attacks on Jews and work with authorities to prevent future occurrences is a vital component in combined efforts to protect the security of Jews across the continent.

Ed Koch: A Inspiration For Black-Jewish Relations

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 04.06.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

Even as he became a Jewish icon, Koch never forgot that he was mayor of all New Yorkers, striving to expand access to affordable housing and jobs for African-Americans and other minorities.

Driving Out Darkness: Bringing Light To Our Youth By Spreading Dr. King's Legacy

Michelle Schweiger Schecter | Posted 03.24.2013 | Religion
Michelle Schweiger Schecter

On the eve of MLK's birthday, I had the pleasure of introducing Rabbi Marc Schneier to a group of teens at a not-for-profit that serves the South Bronx by providing music and sports enrichment programming. For almost two hours, the rabbi spoke on the relationship between Dr. King and the Jewish community.

Remember Dr. King's Dream By Supporting American Muslims

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 03.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

We must say a collective "no" to the shameful campaign to stigmatize and scapegoat our fellow Americans of the Muslim faith. By taking that stand, we re-affirm the credo of our nation's founders -- that all Americans are equal and are worthy of being be treated with respect.

The Making Of Modern-Day Miracles: Hanukkah With The Chief Rabbi, Imams And Barack Obama

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 02.19.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

Presiding over this historic gathering, the first time a chief rabbi of Israel has sat down together with American Muslim leaders, I reflected that its very occurrence showed about how far Muslims and Jews have come together in six short years.

Saving Israel: Why I Support the Saudi Peace Plan

Russell Simmons | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Russell Simmons

It seems so obvious that now is the time, with the recent events in Gaza and the United Nations voting for Palestine to become a non-voting member, the urgency is upon us.

A Yom Kippur Reflection: The Conflict Between Coexistence and the Destruction of Human Life

Russell Simmons | Posted 11.25.2012 | Black Voices
Russell Simmons

On this day of reflection and introspection, are we really OK to turn our heads and look the other way when our Muslim brothers and sisters are held up for contempt in such a public way?

What Russell Simmons Needs to Do

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 08.27.2012 | Politics
Abraham H. Foxman

It may be painful sometimes to speak out against leaders in our own community who slip into bigotry, but it is necessary.

Honor Dr. Martin Luther King by Embracing the American Muslim Community

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Not all of us have greeted Muslims as fellow members of our beloved community, or even as worthy citizens, but instead, shamefully, with bitterness and distrust.

Reflections and Hope for Religious Harmony Around the World

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Russell Simmons

Muslim and Jewish communities must focus more on what unites us than what separates us, and not allow any extremist to gain the upper hand.

The Sacred Ground of Deep Seated Hate

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Now that we have politicized Park51 and the world is watching, there can be no wavering of our support of the First Amendment and, in turn, the proposed community center. Build it.

America In The Twilight Zone: I Can't Believe We Are Even Discussing This

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

As the right continues to preach that they are the ones who are on god's side, with the "Ground Zero Mosque," they're behaving in quite the opposite manner.

Ground Zero Mosque: Digging a Hole in the Soul of America

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Russell Simmons

We are a pluralistic society and this means we welcome all religions. Islam did not attack the World Trade Center on 9/11, sick and twisted men did. They did not only hijack four airplanes, but also hijacked a religion.

The Ugly Head of America

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

The hatred and anger towards Muslims in this country and around the world has gone beyond the tipping point. This is not acceptable. We have to cleanse ourselves of this horrible disease.

Finding Common Ground

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Menachem Rosensaft

If we condemn Ahmadinejad and other patrons of terrorism, we must commend those Muslim intellectuals and religious leaders who have the courage to speak out publicly against the continued fomentation of Judaeophobia.

Fighting the Good Fight of Faith

Russell Simmons | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Russell Simmons

I believe that when leading men of faith get in a room to discuss tolerance and respect, it's easy to make great progress. The hard part is getting them in the room.