December 15, 2009 – New York – “During this joyous holiday season, we affirm our respective faiths,” says AJC Executive Director David Harris in his national radio commentary. Celebrating Chanukah or Christmas, there are blessings of religious freedom and mutual respect. LISTEN.
Harris’s weekly messages on the CBS radio network air during the Osgood. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.
The full text of this week’s commentary follows:
This is a special season.
For Christians, Christmas is around the corner.
For Jews, Chanukah is this week.
For all, there are blessings.
The blessing of religious freedom.
We’re free to worship, or not, as we choose.
The blessing of mutual respect.
We’re of many faiths, but one nation.
At AJC, for a century, we’ve fought to defend religious freedom for all.
And we’ve fostered mutual respect among religious faiths.
We believe that actions speak louder than words.
In New Orleans, after Hurricane Katrina, AJC helped repair a synagogue and the Catholic church across the street.
When arsonists set fire to an African American church in Georgia, AJC was there to help rebuild it.
And when a Greek Orthodox church was destroyed on 9/11, AJC offered aid.
During this holiday season, we affirm our own respective faiths.
Let’s also remember, though, what unites us, starting with our common humanity.
This is David Harris of AJC.