The spirit of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute is represented in the cooperative programs held in the community to enlighten, inform, and promote inclusivity.
These events bring together diverse voices and faith traditions to find a common ground while still honoring individual experiences.
Whether it is working with others in the community to host a civilized discussion about polarizing issues or organizing a celebration that welcomes all and encourages learning through differences, the institute has found great success carrying out its mission through these community collaborations.
"Through interfaith dialogue and service, we promote a vibrant and diverse community for all generations. Beyond tolerance, we value hospitality, understanding, respect, and acceptance."
Kaufman's Weekly Watch
During these days when it sometimes feel we are walking through a storm, sometimes literally in a hurricane or fire, or perhaps through personal loss or loss of normal interactions, we are reminded in this week’s Zoom choir that “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
Earlier this week in our annual Interfaith Memorial Service we sought to process many forms of loss by sharing from our various traditions, songs, prayers, reflections and readings from sacred texts. It sought to give language to grief, mourning, but also celebration of life. Watch this online Memorial here
Kaufman's Weekly Interfaith Insight
"Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish prophet for our time" by Director Doug Kindschi
“I felt my legs were praying.” These are the words of the famed Jewish scholar Abraham Joshua Heschel, when he reflected on his participation with Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Selma march for voter rights in 1965. This week, falling between the two High Holy Days in the Jewish tradition, is an appropriate time to recall Heschel’s influence in the civil rights movement over 50 years ago. Last Friday evening began Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and next Sunday evening is the beginning of Yom Kippur. These days for the Jewish community focus on introspection and repentance concluding with Yom Kippur.
Perhaps it is a time for all of us to reflect on the failure in our society to fully incorporate all members of our community regardless of race, religion, or national origin. Heschel, born in Poland and ordained as an Orthodox rabbi, received his Ph.D. from the University of Berlin, but was then expelled from Germany and eventually came to America. Sadly, however, his mother and two sisters did not survive the Nazi atrocities. Read the entire article here