Several years ago when I was working with Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn on our book, They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust, we visited the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia to see a model of the earthen cellar dug out under a small house and used to hide several Jews, including Felix Zandman. He's a Holocaust survivor whose astonishing story is told in our book.
While we were there we met the museum founder, Irvin J. Borowsky, and spoke with him about his work bringing Jews and Christians together.
He's the founder of the American Interfaith Institute, which has been operating now for more than 30 years to help people -- especially Christians and Jews -- understand each other's religion so they aren't trapped by ignorance and fear.
Well, in the midst of finishing our book and going on to countless other projects, including grandchildren, I sort of forgot about the American Interfaith Institute.
That is until one recent day when I was invited to visit its new Facebook page and "like" it. Which I did.
That got me to thinking that perhaps you've never forgotten about the A.I.I. because, in fact, you've never heard of it or of Borowsky. Well, this weekend I'm giving you a chance here to familiarize yourself with its good work and to see if it has resources that might be useful to you.
While your surfing around on the A.I.I. website, don't miss the page on the Contemporary English Version (CEV) of the Bible. The CEV does its best to replace unnecessarily anti-Jewish English translations of parts of the Bible with accurate wording that doesn't carry anti-Jewish baggage. An example would be the way many English versions of the Gospel of John repeatedly use the phrase "the Jews" when, in fact, what is meant is either "the people" or "the Jewish leaders."
At any rate, get to know the A.I.I. You may learn something.
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MUSLIM MEN FOR THE CALENDAR
Who says Muslims can't be both funny and a little edgy? The editors of a forthcoming book, Salaam, Love: American Muslim Men on Love, Sex & Intimacy, have chosen the Muslim men they want to see on a pin-up calendar this year. Fine, but as I tell my bride, I'm no judge of male handsomeness.
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P.S.: What looks like an intriguing film about the Apostle Paul, "A Polite Bribe," will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Tivoli Theater in Kansas City. A panel of bright folks will talk about it afterward there. The link I've given you on the film's name will give you more information, including a trailer. But for tickets, click here.
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ANOTHER P.S.: My latest Presbyterian Outlook column now is online. To read it, click here.