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Rabbi Justus N. Baird
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Rabbi Justus N. Baird has served as the Director of the Center for Multifaith Education at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City since 2007. He oversees the seminary's multifaith programming, which strives to prepare religious leaders for a religiously diverse world.

Rabbi Baird was ordained at Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion where he studied as a Wexner Graduate Fellow. He brings an entrepreneurial approach to his work; before entering rabbinical school he co-founded Questia.com, a successful and far-reaching academic online library, and in 2009 he founded Yerusha, an alternative Hebrew school.

Rabbi Baird has taught, preached in, and consulted with seminaries, churches, synagogues, mosques, and interfaith organizations around the United States. He also oversees Face to Face / Faith to Faith, Auburn's international multifaith teen leadership program.

Blog Entries by Rabbi Justus N. Baird

Free Rabbinic Advice to Rick Santorum From a Texan

15 Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Dear Mr. Santorum,

I know you're crazy-campaign-busy. If you have other rabbis in your inner circle, please kibbitz (chat) with her or him and ignore this counsel. If you don't have such counsel already, consider asking one of your advisers to peruse this note.

A little bit about me:...

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Eleven (9+1+1) Spiritual Lessons of 9/11

0 Comments | Posted September 10, 2011 | 6:31 AM

9/11 changed us - whether we were alive at that moment or yet-to-be born. Ten years later, it makes sense to consider what we have learned. This is what 9/11 taught me.

1. Life can end at any moment. Looking at family photos of the 3,000 people who died...

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The Bin Laden Dialogue: An Imam, Rabbi and Minister Struggle Over What to Preach this Weekend

0 Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 9:07 PM

Two days after the news of Bin Laden's demise, an Imam, Rabbi and Minister reflect on what it means for people of faith: the 'celebrations,' the burial, and what to preach about this weekend. Sohaib Sultan is the Muslim Chaplain at Princeton University. J.C. Austin is the Director...

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What if Jews Knew That Americans Love Them?

0 Comments | Posted March 18, 2011 | 1:00 AM

During Purim, we hear a lot about who hates the Jews (Haman), but what about who likes the Jews? The Jewish holiday that is full of upside-down surprises is a perfect time to confront a difficult truth: Americans love Jews -- a lot. Even more than they love Protestants and...

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Hey, That's Sacred Ground: Let's Talk About Where to Build that Mosque

0 Comments | Posted May 28, 2010 | 1:47 PM

Every once in a while we witness the perfect interfaith storm. It's always a combination of religion, politics, and one special ingredient, like money, scandal, or, as in this season's storm, collective memory.

This season's perfect interfaith storm is the proposed mosque and Islamic community center two blocks from...

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