Event: Antisemitism and Allyship (April 8-9)


Monday and Tuesday, April 8 and 9
In Person at JTS
3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street)
New York City

At this two-day convening, join us as scholars, religious leaders, and artists come together to discuss the timely topic of antisemitism and how best to respond to its threat. Given the choices for responding to antisemitism, we will explore the strategies that have proven most effective for combatting this hatred with a focus on allyship. Themes to be discussed include what does and doesn’t count as antisemitism, relations between Jews and non-Jews in historical context, the potential for allyship among religious faiths and communities (including interreligious dialogue as a key form of communication and connectivity), and the college campus as a site of division and potential alliance. In addition, we will feature artistic and literary responses to antisemitism as another means of creating a more tolerant society.

Details and registration: https://www.jtsa.edu/event/antisemitism-allyship-convention/

Video: Faith in Action: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Solidarity for Just Peace in Times of Conflict

This dialogue was held between three scholar-practitioners who drew inspiration from their respective faiths in order to advocate for a just peace. This talk provided an opportunity for a deep discussion of faith-based activism, liberatory readings of theological texts, and the complex and, at times, controversial role of multi-faith and international solidarity in the Palestinian liberation movement during times of crisis.

This event took place October 18, 2023.

Event: Building Community through Film

Join Shoulder to Shoulder on Wednesday, September 20th at 2pmET for a 90-minute conversationabout the power of film as a tool to support community healing, process experiences of violence, and engage new communities in the important ongoing work of building a pluralistic and inclusive country. This conversation will feature Pardeep S. Kaleka co-director of Not in Our Town, Aber Kawas, a community organizer featured in An Act of Worship, and Dr. Hussein Rashid a professor and scholar of religion specializing in Muslims and American Popular Culture. This conversation will equip community leaders with a new and growing list of films and resources they can use in their community conversations and engagement as we explore how films can help change hearts, minds, and actions.

Please register here.

Promotional poster image for event on building community through film. The poster names the event, the speakers, and provides a link to register for the event.

Can the World’s Religions Help Save Us from Ecological Peril?

Can the World’s Religions Help Save Us from Ecological Peril?

Visotzky brought in theologian Hussein Rashid ’96CC, who was exploring similar questions from a Muslim ethical standpoint. The scholars, who had spun off from a larger interfaith study group at Fordham Law School, decided to examine the issue of water as a way to focus their work, and for World Water Day 2017 they published a series of tracts around water-related themes. That got them invited to the Vatican to meet with the pope about Laudato si’.

“For me, reading the encyclical made me think of an eighth-century figure named Ja‘far al-Ṣādiq,” says Rashid, who teaches at the New School and UTS. “There’s a work attributed to him where he says for a believer there are four relationships that keep you in balance: to God, to yourself, to other people, and to the rest of creation. My understanding of what Pope Francis was doing really resonated with that.”

Event: Critical Race Theory and Religion

Shoulder to Shoulder hosted a panel discussion featuring Harman Singh from The Sikh Coalition, Taneeza Islam from South Dakota Voices for Peace, and Hussein Rashid representing the Interfaith Center of New York to learn more about what CRT is and isn’t and what we can do to create communities where all people, regardless of their faith, culture, or background are treated fairly, respectfully, and with dignity.