A Barmen Declaration for our Time?

Rev. Peter Olsen   From May 29th-31st 1934 the Confessional Synod of the German Evangelical Church met in Barmen, Germany to address false teachings propagated by the “German Christians” appointed by the Nazis to administer the Protestant churches under the Reich. Organized in 1932, the German Christian movement was driven by nationalistic ideology permeated with … Continue reading A Barmen Declaration for our Time?

The Risks of Islamophobia to Every American

  Dalia Mogahed This insightful, brief video challenges the popular idea that 9/11 caused increased Islamophobia, and counters that elections are actually the greatest source of surges in anti-Muslim bigotry.  Mogahed’s research also illustrates the links between increases in Islamophobia with increases in many forms of bigotry, particularly antisemitism.  Her work highlights the connection between … Continue reading The Risks of Islamophobia to Every American

In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On

By Alan Zimmerman At Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville, VA, we are deeply grateful for the support and prayers of the broader Reform Jewish community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Heather Heyer and the two Virginia State Police officers, H. Jay Cullen and Berke Bates, who lost their lives on Saturday, … Continue reading In Charlottesville, the Local Jewish Community Presses On