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Open Letter to Educators on Upcoming Jewish Holidays+

The coronavirus pandemic will undoubtedly make the beginning of the 2020-21 school year a challenging time.  Schools are focused on ensuring the health of students and teachers, as well as addressing the challenge of distance or in-person learning.  In light of these circumstances, we write to remind you that the beginning of the school year also is a time when

Sports, Mascots and Bias: A Table Talk Conversation for Families

The decades-old controversy over the Washington Redskins name is in the news again. This month, FedEx, Nike and other major sponsors of the N.F.L. football team asked the team to change its name, which is considered a racist slur against Native American people. In addition, several Native American leaders and organizations wrote to N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell, demanding that the

Twenty-five Years Later, Oklahoma City Bombing Inspires a New Generation of Extremists

By Dr. Mark Pitcavage On April 19, 1995, Timothy McVeigh detonated a truck bomb in front of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. The blast destroyed the building, killing 168 men, women and children and injuring hundreds more. Twenty-five years later, the Oklahoma City bombing remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in American history.  McVeigh and his accomplice,

Black Pastors Work To Protect Churches From Violence — In And Outside Community

By MARISSANNE LEWIS-THOMPSON • 2/4/20 New Northside Missionary Baptist Church — a predominantly black Jennings church — is a welcoming space on the inside. But on the outside, it’s fortified. Armed security guards monitor the perimeter from the church’s parking lot, while there are several security cameras along the building’s exterior. The Rev. Rodrick Burton has led the congregation for seven years, during which