Stand Together: Rabbis Speak Out Against Islamophobia

CBB partner Rabbis for Human Rights-North America is launching “Stand Together: Rabbis speak out against Islamophobia,” a video campaign aimed at getting the message out that Jews stand against anti-Muslim bigotry.

All who can protest against [something wrong that] one of their family [is doing] and does not protest, is held accountable for their family. [All who can protest against something wrong that] a citizen of their city [is doing and does not protest], is held accountable for all citizens of the city. [All who can protest against something wrong that is being done] in the whole world, is accountable together with all citizens of the world.
–Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 54b

RHR-NA focuses on anti-muslim bigotry as part of its overall work on issues of national security and torture. George Hunsinger—founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture—believes there is a clear line between the use of torture and post-9/11 Islamophobia. RHR-NA is joining “Shoulder to Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims, for American Values,” founded by NRCAT and the Islamic Society of North America.

More than 25 rabbis, including CBB executive director, Rabbi Gerald Serotta, have already been filmed. Other rabbis are encouraged to include their voices by uploading their own videos.

Here is a link to the videos.

Here is a statement we sent to the House Homeland Security Committee.

Rabbis: Add Your Voice

Here is how Rabbis can help:

If you would like a video included in the initial launch, there is still time to do so if you act quickly. Here are instructions:

a) Shoot a 1-2 minute video of yourself using a Flip Camera. The general question is: “Why is anti-Muslim bigotry against Jewish values?”Answers to the question should be short and pithy (1-2 minutes max) and contain
1) an anecdote or
2) clear Jewish teaching or saying.

b) Contact Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, Co-Interim Executive Director– rkahntroster at rhr-na.org — for uploading instructions.

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