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October 9, 2017 - 5:36pm
At the beginning of the Jewish New Year, it is traditional to sound the shofar. Like the bugle, this instrument blasts a call to the slumbering to awaken and reaffirm the commitments that give our lives and communities purpose and life. Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, this Rosh Hoshanah sermon from Rabbi Sydney Mintz, of Congregation Emanu-El San Francisco, who also sits on NIOT’s Advisory Board, calls us to action in this moment. 
September 22, 2017 - 3:41pm
Over the last year, schools throughout the US have experienced a frightening increase in bullying and acts of hate. Each year, schools across the US participate in bullying prevention activities during the month of October. This year, when hate is on the rise, our greatest challenge is to “hit the brakes” on bullying and move toward welcoming, identity safe, and inclusive places.
September 2, 2017 - 5:04am
Learn how to stand up to hate and intolerance in your schools and community. 
August 16, 2017 - 3:46pm
  Charlottesville has been grappling with the history of slavery, segregation, symbols of the confederacy and racism in their community for hundreds of years. These issues came to a head most recently when the city considered removing a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. To protest the removal of the monument, a coalition of white supremacists including neo-Nazis, members of the Alt-Right and the KKK descended on the town in May and July, and most recently, with deadly force on August 12.
August 15, 2017 - 4:57pm
“We are in the challenge of our lifetimes,” Pardeep Kaleka wrote this in a note to me Sunday morning. Like the rest of us, he feels the dangers of hate in this moment, but more acutely because his father was killed by a white supremacist at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin five years ago this month. Since then there have been deadly hate crime killings from Charleston to Orlando and Portland. Now, Heather Heyer has been killed, 19 others injured, and two law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the wake of a large scale hate incursion in Charlottesville, VA. We will remember these days for the rest of our lives.