CNN's Suzanne Malveaux talks with Russell Simmons about bringing peace to the Middle East.
Obama's seder and seeing the Other
MARCH 28, 2013
Last Monday evening, President Barack Obama gathered with his family, members of his staff and other guests, many of them Jews and African-Americans, to hold his fifth Seder since coming to the White House.
White House Seder continuation of Chicago tradition
The White House tradition of holding a Passover Seder, started by US President Barack Obama in 2009 during his first term, is the continuation of a longstanding Obama family tradition, according to interfaith advocate Rabbi Marc Schneier.
Passover: A Timeless Message for African Americans and Jews
The Passover festival challenges us to see one another as full and equal human beings and, by doing so, to free ourselves from the shackles of indifference and to break the chains of prejudice. Let us celebrate this timeless message of Passover by keeping aglow the light of understanding in a society too often darkened by prejudice and bigotry.
Martin Luther King Jr., Israel and Obama
There is no disputing the historic significance of President Barack Obama's state visit to Israel; his first since he was elected our nation's chief executive just over four years ago. During his first term, the president did a great deal to make clear to all - including Israel's adversaries - that he has the back of the Jewish state. In the face of unfair charges during last year's US elections that Obama was somehow anti-Israel, no less an authority than then-defense minister Ehud Barak stated last summer: "This administration, under President Obama, is doing in regard to our security more than anything I can remember in the past."
RUSSELL SIMMONS HOSTS THE 2013 YOUNG LEADERSHIP BENEFIT FOR THE FOUNDATION FOR ETHNIC UNDERSTANDING
On Monday night, Russell Simmons and Rabbi Marc Schneier hosted the Young Leadership Benefit for the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding at Simmons's New York home. The Chairman of the benefit, Ali Naqvi, organized the event, which honored minority entrepreneurs, including Sharis Shiribabadi, Paramdeep Singh, Ben Bronfman, and Sal Strazzullo. Other notable attendees included Q-Tip, Jay Sean, Ndaba Mandela, Dustin Yellin, and Kiera Chaplin
Peace at the Penthouse
March 19, 2013
If the ultimate currency in Manhattan is real estate, one can do no better in voicing their philanthropic devotion than offering up their home in support of the cause Russell Simmons did just that on Monday night, hosting 250 guests in his downtown penthouse for a reception supporting the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.
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Sean Hannity escalates attack on Rep. Keith Ellison
"Congressman Ellison has been a valued friend to the American Jewish community. He has been a partner in strengthening Muslim Jewish relations. As an example, he was responsible for organizing the letter by Muslim Americans to Khaled Meshal, head of Hamas, in demanding the release of Gilad Shalit," Schneier said in a public statement.
The Muslim-Jewish side of Russell Simmons
February 27, 2013
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is bringing his passion for Jewish-Muslim relations to the West Coast. Simmons, who co-founded record label Def Jam at the age of 26 and helped jumpstart the careers of the Beastie Boys and LL Cool J, relocated from New York to Los Angeles in January to pursue the development of film and television projects, he recently told the Journal
Congressional Hearings on Rising Anti-Semitism Must Acknowledge the Muslim Leaders Willing to Condemn It
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold hearings today on the disturbing rise of anti-Semitism in Europe. In a pre-hearing interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, sub-committee chairman, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), said that anti-Semitism "is getting demonstrably worse all over the world, but especially Europe ... The Middle East is a cauldron of anti-Semitic hate, but much of that hatred is spilling out through the Muslim Diaspora and through satellite television."
Embrace moderate Muslim leaders
Jewish, Muslim religious leaders meet in Germany
Dozens of imams hold Holocaust commemoration in Drancy, where Jews in 1942 were confined before being transported to extermination camps. Leaders of Jewish and Muslim communities in Germany met in Cologne on Tuesday in an effort by the New Yorkbased Foundation for Ethnic Understanding to "create long-term strategies to promote interfaith unity."
Willingness of Muslim leaders to denounce anti-Semitsm
Earlier this week, Israeli Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein unveiled a report on worldwide anti-Semitism which shows an alarming rise in anti-Jewish incidents during 2012, including violent attacks on Jews by Muslims.
Ed Koch: An Inspiration for Black-Jewish Relations
New York City and the entire nation are mourning the passing of former Mayor Ed Koch, a larger-than-life figure who came to personify the city he ran with verve and ebullience for three full terms from 1978-1989. Coming to office at a time when New York was all but bankrupt and seemingly coming apart at the seams, Koch used his mayoralty as a bully pulpit to revive New Yorkers' belief in the viability of the city as a safe and vibrant place to live and raise their children. Throughout his 12 years in office, Koch worked relentlessly to straighten out the city's finances, rebuild its housing stock, make Central Park secure and inviting again, and cleanse the city's subway cars of graffiti.
Driving out Darkness: Bringing Light to Our Youth by Spreading Dr. King's Legacy
In an event held on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, I had the pleasure of introducing Rabbi Marc Schneier to a group of teens at Renaissance Education, Music, and Sports, a not-for-profit that serves the South Bronx by providing music and sports enrichment programming, as well as after-school and weekend academic tutoring, to elementary, middle and high school students in Upper Manhattan, Harlem and the Bronx.
CNN Belief Morning Read
January 21, 2013
CNN's Quote of the Day: We honor the legacy of a Jewish community that 'prayed with its feet' as it walked with Dr. King, an African American, in pursuit of civil rights. Help us to feel the reassurance of Your presence as we continue forward in pursuit of civil rights and justice for all humankind.