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The Interfaith Center of New York talks with diverse NYC faith leaders about their callings, their congregations, and their commitments to justice

Interfaith Matters Interfaith Center of New York

    • Religion & Spirituality

The Interfaith Center of New York talks with diverse NYC faith leaders about their callings, their congregations, and their commitments to justice

    Georgette Bennett on the Legacy of Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, and Why it Matters Now

    Georgette Bennett on the Legacy of Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum, and Why it Matters Now

     
     Host Hannah Meholick (left) and Dr. Georgette Bennett (right)
    On the latest episode of "Interfaith Matters," host Hannah Meholick talks with Dr. Georgette Bennett, founder, and President of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, about a newly-released biography of Dr. Bennett's late husband, Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum. 
    Written by Gerald and Deborah Strober, "Confronting Hate: The Untold Story of the Rabbi Who Stood Up for Human Rights, Racial Justice, and Religious Reconciliation" details the life and career of the esteemed Rabbi, a seminal 20th-century figure in interfaith relations in the US and around the world. Most importantly, the book provides a roadmap for moral leadership today as well as a blueprint for religious resistance against the rising incidence of hatred in our nation.
    Dr. Bennett's reflections on her husband and their marriage include a moving account of their first meetings, and their shared life of social justice activism, including their productive involvement with the Rev. Billy Graham. 
     
    Dr. Georgette Bennett is a sociologist by training who has spent the past 25 years advancing interreligious relations. She founded The Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding in 1992 to combat religious prejudice, and founded the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees in 2013, to mobilize support for alleviating the suffering of Syria's war victims. Among many other honors, Dr. Bennett has been recognized by the Syrian American Medical Society for her work on behalf of Syrian refugees.
     
     

     
    Available now from Amazon and other booksellers 
     




    Podcast Questions? Comments?
    Have a question for our guests or comment on our podcast series?  Would you like a suggest a guest or topic for a future podcast episode? Please feel free to contact us at podcast@interfaithcenter.org. 
    This episode of "Interfaith Matters" is hosted and edited by Hannah Meholick, and engineered, and executive produced by Kevin Childress. 
    Learn more about the podcast team on our website.

            
     



     

    • 30 min
    Women and the Criminal Justice System

    Women and the Criminal Justice System

    Women and the Criminal Justice System
     
    Former Members of America's Fastest Growing Prison Population Share Their Journeys
     
    How Faith Communities Can Help
     

     
    At a recent event produced by the nonprofit organization Circles of Support, and held at St. Philip's Church in Harlem, three women: Lanetta Hill, Afrika Owes, and Diana Ortiz, shared their personal stories of incarceration, release, and return to society and lives of criminal justice advocacy, while touching on some of the major issues facing women in prison. They also helped us understand how faith communities can play a positive role in helping women return home successfully.  

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    Have a question for our guests, or a comment on our podcast series?  Would you like a suggest a guest or topic for a future podcast episode? Please feel free to contact us at podcast@interfaithcenter.org. 
    This episode of "Interfaith Matters" is hosted by co-producer Hannah Meholick, and engineered, edited and executive produced by Kevin Childress. 
    Learn more about the podcast team on our website.

    • 19 min
    Neighbors in the East Village Share "Spiritual Sounds"

    Neighbors in the East Village Share "Spiritual Sounds"

     
    Join podcast host Hannah Meholick at the 10th annual "Spiritual Sounds of the East Village" concert, held earlier this year at the Town & Village Synagogue, as Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, Sufis, and other New Yorkers come together to celebrate the East Village's 250+ year history of diverse people living, working, and worshiping together in harmony. Between musical performances, Hannah talks with organizers, performers, and audience members about the importance of sharing our cultures and faiths with our neighbors.
    Performance Credits (In order of appearance):Nechung FoundationLama Pema DorjeGeshe Tashi La, The Center of Universal PeaceOrthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin ProtectionThe Right Rev. Fr. Christopher CalinArchdeacon Fr. Michael SuvakSimona Breazu & Jennifer Cross, music directorsMedina Masjid MosqueImam Yousef Abdul MajidMohammad Nasir Uddin, PresidentElder Muhammed YousufLight of Guidance Sufi CenterKainat Felicia Sharifa NortonMuinuddin Charles SmithSharif Matthews, music directorThe Catholic WorkerJoanne KennedyMark Ettinger, conductorTown & Village Synagogue,Rabbi Larry SebertCantor Shayna PostmanMiddle Collegiate ChurchRev. Amanda Hambrick AshcraftRev. Bertram JonshonJohn Del Cueto, music director
     
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    "Interfaith Matters" is co-produced by host Hannah Meholick and engineer and editor Jeff Berman, and executive produced by Kevin Childress. Learn more about the podcast team on our website.

    • 17 min
    Young New Yorkers on "Leading through Faith and Advocacy"

    Young New Yorkers on "Leading through Faith and Advocacy"

    Young New Yorkers on
    "Leading through Faith and Advocacy"
     Recorded before an audience at the East End Temple
     
    How does faith inspire social justice work? 
    How does advocacy inform faith?
    When the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) launched a campaign called #FaithJusticeHero, we invited New Yorkers to celebrate leaders from diverse faith communities who are doing inspiring social justice work.  Four of these impressive young #FaithJusticeHero’s join host Hannah Meholick on this episode of ICNY’s “Interfaith Matters” podcast, to discuss faith and advocacy. These leaders share their stories.
     Guests (pictured above, left to right):
     Hannah Meholick, host
     Kyndra Frazier, Executive Director of the HOPE Center, and Pastor of Congregational Care & Counseling, First Corinthian Baptist Church, Harlem
     Joshua Stanton, Rabbi of East End Temple and a Senior Fellow at CLAL - The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
    Gagan Kaur, Director of Community Development for ThriveNYC at the Mayor’s Office
    Shahana Hanif, Director of Organizing and Community Engagement, Office of City Council Member Brad Lander (Brooklyn District 39)
     

    Hannah and the rest of our "Interfaith Matters" crew, Kevin Childress and Jeff Berman, with four inspiring #FaithJusticeHero's
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    "Interfaith Matters" is co-produced by host Hannah Meholick and engineer and editor Jeff Berman, and executive produced by Kevin Childress. Learn more about the podcast team on our website.
    Intro and outro music for this episode are excerpts from “Maximum Relax” by Lee Rosevere, used under CC BY 4.0 / Edited from original.

    • 33 min
    "Creating Community at the Dinner Table" - Halal and Kosher Food as an Opportunity for Social Development

    "Creating Community at the Dinner Table" - Halal and Kosher Food as an Opportunity for Social Development

    Rabbi Joseph Potasnik (left) and Mohammad Modarres
    In this episode of Interfaith Matters, two New York City leaders – one Jewish and one Muslim – discuss the importance of food in bringing people together across lines of cultural and religious difference.
    Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Board of Rabbis and co-host of “The Rev and The Rabbi” program on 77 WABC Radio, is a leading advocate for offering kosher and halal meals in New York City’s public schools, an initiative which received funding last year to launch a pilot program.
    Mohammad Modarres, a Ted Talk resident and keynote speaker, is the founder of Abe’s Meats, a business that produces meats which are both Zabihah Halal and Glatt Kosher. Proceeds from Abe’s Meats are used to fund Interfaith Ventures, a nonprofit that Mohammad co-founded to promote interfaith dialogue and unity.
    Rabbi Potasnik and Mohammad Modarres met up recently for this conversation on food and faith in the Library of the East End Temple, with a few friends in the audience.
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    “Interfaith Matters” is hosted by Hannah Meholick, and engineered and edited by Jeff Berman.  Learn more about the podcast team on our website.
    Intro and outro music for this episode are edited excerpts of “Maximum Relax” by Lee Rosevere, used under CC BY 4.0 / Edited from original.

    • 23 min
    The Living History of Christianity: Orthodoxy in Architecture, Paintings and Music

    The Living History of Christianity: Orthodoxy in Architecture, Paintings and Music

    Host Hannah Meholick, with (clockwise from top left):
    The Very Reverend Fr. Thomas Zain, Dean,St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral
    Fr. Gregory Saroufeem,St. Mary and St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Manhattan
    The Right Reverend Archimandrite Father Christopher Calin,Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection (Orthodox Church in America)
    Rev. Fr. John Vlahos, Dean,Holy Trinity Cathedral (Greek Orthodox)
    In the last episode, we looked at how Orthodox Christianity made its way to the United States and established communities here in New York City.  In this episode, we experience exquisite expressions of Orthodox faith in architecture, paintings and music, while examining how different groups of Orthodox Christians are connecting across lines of faith.  Why do Orthodox Christians venerate icons?  How does the architecture of an Orthodox church evoke the embrace of God?  How does music uniquely articulate Orthodox faith? And how do Orthodox Christians in New York City share their traditions and practices with non Orthodox Christians?  Listen in, and experience the faith of our 200,000 NYC neighbors.
     
     
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    “Interfaith Matters” is hosted by Hannah Meholick, and engineered and edited by Jeff Berman. Learn more the podcast crew here.

    • 25 min

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