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AJC Praises President Trump Signing of Bill to Protect Religious Institutions
“The solid bipartisan support for the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2018 is a reaffirmation of our freedom, enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, to exercise religion, to practice one’s faith unhindered and without fear,” said Jason Isaacson.
AJC Praises U.S. Senate Adoption of Bill to Protect Religious Institutions
This important legislation, which we ask President Trump to sign into law promptly, provides for new and strengthened measures to deter, as well as punish, perpetrators of attacks on religious institutions.
Ari Gordon Named AJC Director of U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations
Ari Gordon has been named Director of U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations for AJC (American Jewish Committee), the global Jewish advocacy organization.
AJC Commends Episcopal Church Rejection of Israel Divestment, Expresses Concern on Other Issues
AJC commends the Episcopal Church for once again rejecting divestment directed against Israel, but expresses concern regarding open hostility toward Israel in other resolutions. The Episcopal Church is concluding its 79th triennial General Convention, held in Austin, Texas, at which these anti-Israel proposals were addressed.
AJC: Presbyterians Continue with BDS, Reject Curtailing Dialogue with Israel Supporters
AJC regrets that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), at its biennial General Assembly (GA), reaffirmed its support for BDS by adopting a measure opposing anti-BDS legislation.
Conversation with Yahya Cholil Staquf
Yahya Cholil Staquf, who heads the world’s largest Muslim organization, discusses the importance of interreligious dialogue and the quest for improving Muslim-Jewish ties in a conversation with Rabbi David Rosen, AJC International Director of Interreligious Affairs.
The Presbyterian Church has been hijacked by anti-Israel activists
Since 2004, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has engaged in a biennial ritual of obsessive, relentless anti-Israel demonization. The church’s upcoming General Assembly in St. Louis will be no exception.
AJC Questions Papal Decree to Canonize Polish Cardinal Hlond
In a letter to the Vatican, AJC has expressed profound concerns regarding the Pope’s announcement recognizing Cardinal August Hlond, the Polish Primate during World War II, as having “heroic virtues” – a stage towards being made a saint.
Leader of World’s Largest Muslim Organization to Address AJC Global Forum in Jerusalem
Yahya Cholil Staquf, General Secretary of the world’s largest Muslim organization, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Supreme Council, will address the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum in Jerusalem.
AJC Praises Senate Judiciary Committee Action to Protect Religious Institutions
AJC praised the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing today the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2018.
AJC Mourns Passing of Rev. Billy Graham
AJC mourns the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, a longtime friend of the organization, who died today at age 99.
Evangelicals and Israel
Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Israel last week and was warmly received. Throughout his political career, Pence has cited his Evangelical faith as the foundation of his support for the Jewish state. Our guests are McKay Coppins, staff writer for The Atlantic, who recently profiled Pence for the magazine, as well as Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. Join us as we examine the dynamics undergirding Evangelical support for Israel.
Druze Spiritual Leader Visits AJC Headquarters
Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, the spiritual leader of the Druze community, delivered today an urgent plea for the safety of the Druze community in Syria.
AJC Mourns Passing of LDS President Thomas Monson
AJC stands with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in mourning the passing of Thomas Monson, who served as LDS President since 2008.
Muslim Jewish Advisory Council Statement on FBI Hate Crimes Report
The Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, reacting to the just-released FBI report on hate crimes, said the continued increase in hate crimes in the United States demands a public policy response.
AJC ACCESS Convenes Muslim-Jewish Seminar in Morocco
A delegation of ACCESS leaders, AJC’s young leadership program, from the United States, Brazil, and Israel returned this week from a mission to Morocco where they met with government officials, business executives, and civil society activists.
Kairos Palestine and the unholy crusade against Israel
Over the last decade, a number of mainline Protestant Churches, including some with a significant presence in New England, have adopted resolutions harshly critical of Israel. During the summer two more were passed by the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ.
What’s Past Is Prologue: a Jewish Reflection on Charlottesville
When Jews confront the present and prepare for the future, they are always mindful of the past.
When torch-bearing neo-Nazi white supremacists chant, “Jews will not replace us,” and a threatening contingent move on to a Charlottesville synagogue, the low points of American Jewish history flash before our eyes.
AJC National Affairs Director Addresses Global Religious Freedom Conference
Addressing the International Religious Freedom Association (IRFA), Richard Foltin, AJC’s Director of National and Legislative Affairs, warned that the rise in hate crimes across the U.S. and activities of neo-Nazis and white nationalists threatens American society values and structures that have long assured security for the nation’s minorities and guaranteed religious freedom.
Jews and Christians Reflect on Protestant Reformation’s 500th Anniversary
AJC and Germany Close Up (GCU) co-sponsored a two-day seminar in Wittenberg, Germany for young American Jews and German Christians to study and reflect upon Martin Luther’s anti-Jewish legacy and productive Christian denominational efforts to grapple with his anti-Judaism during the recent decades of Christian-Jewish dialogue.
U.S. Christian Leaders Complete Yearlong Study of Judaism in Israel
Twenty-two prominent U.S. Christian leaders are in Jerusalem for the final phase of an intensive 13-month educational program on Judaism and Israel, part of the Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI), a partnership of AJC and the Shalom Hartman Institute.
Ramadan is a time to build bridges
Ramadan provides our community with an opportunity to build multicultural bridges.
Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council Urges Congress to Adopt Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act
The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council today urged members of Congress to pass the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017.
How a prayer room used by Muslim students supports religious liberty for all
For the past seven years, Muslim students at Liberty High School have been able to use a vacant classroom for prayer services initiated and led by the students. Read about their struggle to maintain religious freedom in the face of politicized prejudice by Texas officials.
Muslim Jewish Advisory Council Meets Members of Congress, Discusses Hate Crimes
The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council held its second ever meeting today in Washington, D.C., convening to discuss hate crime legislation, immigration issues, refugee resettlement, and more. The Council elaborated on its concerns in an "open letter" to Congress.
Exclusive AJC eBook - The Pope Francis Effect and Catholic-Jewish Relations
In evaluating the trajectory of Catholic-Jewish Relations in the Pope Francis era, one picture is worth a
thousand words. Pope Francis has identified Marc Chagall’s White Crucifixion as one of his favorite paintings.2 In the aftermath of Kristallnacht in 1938, when hundreds of European synagogues were torched, foreshadowing greater evil yet to come, Chagall artistically interpreted the threat of Nazism within the continuum of anti-Semitism.
AJC Mourns Passing of Cardinal Edward Egan
AJC mourns the passing of His Eminence Cardinal Edward Egan and offers comfort and consolation to the leadership and constituents of the Archdiocese of New York, where he served as Archbishop from 2000-2009. He was elevated to Cardinal by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in 2001.
AJC Deplores Attack on West Bank Mosque
AJC condemned an overnight attack on a mosque in the West Bank village of Aqraba. Graffiti, including the words “price tag” and the name of a nearby Israeli settlement, Tapuah, were spraypainted on the mosque.
AJC: Christians, Yazidis Face ISIS Threats of Extermination
AJC is calling on world leaders to urgently focus on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq, due to the advances of the ISIS terrorist organization, which aims to wipe out any population it deems heretical.
AJC: Presbyterian Divestment A Breach with Jews, Undermines Israeli-Palestinian Peace
AJC called today’s Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) decision to divest from major companies doing business with Israel a setback for efforts to attain a negotiated, sustainable Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, and a breach with a Jewish community committed to Jewish-Christian relations.
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