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Dear Friend,

As our Jewish friends and neighbors prepare for the celebration of Rosh Hashanah on Friday night, we wish all a good and sweet new year. WIth many celebrating these holy days in virtual spaces, we recognize that this year continues to be unlike any other. 

ICJS also is celebrating new beginnings and new ways of being together as we begin our online programs this fall. It is my great pleasure to invite you to get to know ICJS Muslim Scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan at this afternoon’s online meet & greet. I trust that you will enjoy learning with Zeyneb in the years ahead, and look forward to celebrating her arrival in Baltimore with you today at 4:00 p.m. 

I am also delighted to announce that ICJS will be marking the 20th anniversary of the publication of Dabru Emet with an online academic forum. In the late 1990s, ICJS hosted the Jewish Scholars Project in Baltimore, Maryland. After several years of meeting, four interdenominational Jewish scholars published Dabru Emet (“Speak Truth”) as a full-page statement in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, and other major newspapers and religious internet sites on September 10, 2000. Consisting of eight claims, Dabru Emet is a groundbreaking Jewish statement on Christianity.

As an organization devoted to inquiry around religion and religious difference, ICJS welcomed robust debate around Dabru Emet when it was published 20 years ago. In that same spirit, we look forward to scholars and thinkers from around the world and across disciplines revisiting Dabru Emet in our present moment. These short essays will be posted in cooperation with American Religion in a public-facing online forum.  

I am grateful to celebrate new years, new beginnings, and important milestones with this amazing interreligious community. 


Heather Miller Rubens, Ph.D.
Executive Director

Dabru Emet


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15  |  4:00–5:00 P.M

Join ICJS Executive Director Heather Miller Rubens in welcoming Muslim Scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan to ICJS’ academic and program staff. Bring your own questions, and hear more about Sayilgan's research interests and journey to ICJS.

ICJS Muslim Scholar Zeyneb Sayilgan
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Imagining Justice in Baltimore:
Four-part Interreligious Dialogue

Thursdays, October 8 & 22, November 5 & 19
7:00–8:30 p.m.

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Confronting Hate: The Baltimore Legacy of Rabbi Marc Tanenbaum

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"For generations, Blacks and Jews have marched together to demand equal justice. #BlackJewishUnity takes us another mile on that long walk....

"Together we will write what we hope is the last chapter in the story of America’s long confrontation with racism, antisemitism and all forms of hate. We stand together as partners in this noble effort."

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“For many, apocalypse remains a source of hope that oppression and injustice will one day be overthrown and replaced by the realization of a community characterized by freedom, justice, dignity and equality. In the hands of other theologians, apocalypse has been more about payback and exclusion than it is about justice. [N]o doubt the fact that [apocalypse] often is scary and confusing is part of why it remains endlessly fascinating. Its enduring power, though, resides in its most decidedly immanent feature: viz. that we mortals can—and do—decide its meaning for ourselves as each new generation encounters the changing realities of the world around us.”

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"Around the world, From China and India to the U.K. and U.S., reports of hate crimes against Muslims are increasing....

"'Islamophobia is one of the last standing bastions of acceptable bigotry," Khaled Beydoun, associate professor of law at the University of Arkansas and author of "American Islamophobia: The Roots and Rise of Fear" tells Newsweek. "In the political context, it actually is advantageous to be bigoted towards Muslims especially on the right and even on the left because there's political incentive, there's a willing demographic among the electorate who want to hear anti-Muslim rhetoric.'"

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