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Anat Hoffman surrounded by other women at the Kotel (Western Wall)

Anat Hoffman is executive director of the Israel Religious Action Center, the legal and advocacy arm of the Reform Movement in Israel and co-founder and chair of Women of the Wall, which has been advocating for women’s rights at the Western Wall in Jerusalem since 1988. I caught up with Anat during one of her speaking tours in the U.S.

How did you become such a fighter for social justice?

My drive goes back to my childhood. When I was nine, a swimming team coach from Tel Aviv saw me performing a gymnastics routine at a Jerusalem community center and said, “Can you swim?” “...

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Krista Tippett, a Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author, is the creator and host of the radio show and podcast On Being. In 2014, she received the National Humanities Medal at the White House for “thoughtfully delving into the mysteries of human existence. On the air and in print, Ms. Tippett avoids easy answers, embracing complexity and inviting people of ​every background to join her conversation about faith, ethics, and moral wisdom.”

ReformJudaism.org: You always ask your guests about their religious upbringing. What can you tell us about yours...

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Imam Abdullah Antepli is Duke University’s Muslim chaplain and senior fellow on Jewish Muslim Relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. I sat down with the Turkish-born cleric to hear his insights on the current state of Jewish-Muslim relations in the United States.

Reform Judaism.org: Jews protested the Muslim ban at airports, and Muslims donated money to help restore vandalized Jewish gravestones. Do these actions signal a new era in Jewish-Muslim relations?

Imam Abdullah Antepli: I welcome these goodwill gestures, but I’m skeptical that they can overcome the...

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Books on a shelf with different titles on the spines: Judaism, Islam, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddism, Protestantism

A conversation with Rabbi A. James Rudin, former head of the American Jewish Committee’s Department of Interreligious Affairs and author of seven books, most recently, Pillar of Fire: A Biography of Stephen S. Wise.  

ReformJudaism.org: When did interfaith relations first become a priority of Reform Judaism?

It was in Reform Judaism’s “DNA” from the very beginning. In 1801, Israel Jacobson established an innovative religious school in Sessen, Germany that included 40 Jewish and 20 Christian students. His “mixed” student policy reflected his hopes, at the dawn of the so-called...

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Bruce Feiler has written six consecutive bestsellers, including Walking the Bible (which became a PBS series) and The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More. His latest book is The First Love Story: Adam, Eve, and Us.

ReformJudaism.org: What compelled you to traverse four continents and 4,000 years to explore the Bible’s first couple?

I have spent most of the last 20 years thinking about the Hebrew Bible, focusing on the importance of land and its relationship to religious identity. I now...

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