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Rabbi Marc Schneier

To End Terrorism In Europe, Muslims And Jews Must Reach Out To Each Other

Rabbi Marc Schneier | Posted 08.11.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Marc Schneier

In the wake of a series of horrific terrorist killings in Europe over the past two weeks in France, Germany and elsewhere -- starting with the horrify...

Breaking Down the Extremist Barriers to Tolerance and Understanding

Russell Simmons | Posted 06.11.2016 | 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?

This Friendship Between An Imam And A Rabbi Is Changing The World

OZY | Lorena O'Neil | Posted 04.25.2014 | Religion

It was distrust at first sight for Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali when they met in Manhattan in 2005....

New York Interfaith Outreach Inspires Vienna

Reuters | Georgina Prodhan | Posted 11.23.2013 | Religion

New York Rabbi Marc Schneier won a small but significant victory on a recent visit to Vienna – a promise from the head of Austria’s Islamic commun...

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.

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.

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.

Wishing God a Good Night

Menachem Rosensaft | Posted 11.24.2012 | Politics
Menachem Rosensaft

We must never forget that there were Christians in World War II Europe, a small minority to be sure, who risked their lives to save Jews. And today there are Muslims who join forces with Jews and Christians to espouse and promote a spirit of tolerance.

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.

So A Rabbi And A Hip-Hop Mogul Go To Israel...

Russell Simmons | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Russell Simmons

This coming Sunday, Father's Day, is a day that reminds us of our responsibility as men to stand up and model for our children the right path to follow. Next week, I am taking my first trip to Israel with my partner Rabbi Marc Schneier to promote Muslim and Jewish reconciliation.

My Message To The Churches, Mosques And Synagogues: Do Your Job!

Russell Simmons | Posted 10.19.2011 | Religion
Russell Simmons

The haters will always hate. It is the solemn and fundamental obligation of ALL religious institutions and leaders to fight relentlessly for understanding and reconciliation.

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.

Sexual Misconduct By Clergy: Who's To Blame?

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Although nobody is to blame for the sexual misdeeds of another, when a leader is allowed to continue leading despite serious moral or ethical shortfalls, the followers have some answering to do, as well.

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.

New York's Imam Is on a Mission

Chine Labbe | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Chine Labbe

Assistant Imam Mohammad Shamsi Ali's appointment to the Islamic Cultural Center, the first building constructed as a mosque in New York City, only reinforced his commitment to bridge different religious communities.

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.

The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Russell Simmons

There is a well-documented history of Blacks and Jews standing together on civil rights. But not as much has been said about the creative alliances in business between these two groups.

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.

Cleansing the Hatred From Within

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

Let yesterday's attack be a wake-up call: racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia are alive and well in America. But like every tragedy, there is always a lesson to be learned: we must change ourselves.