By Hannah Sherman, JWI Intern
Growing up, one of my favorite movies was Keeping the Faith, telling the story of the unexpected relationship between two best friends, one a rabbi and the other a priest. While the comedy contains a romantic subplot and the usual gags one has to expect in any Ben Stiller movie (really, who can resist the rousing Gospel choir rendition of Ein Keloheinu?) the moral of the story is how two people from two distinct religions come together for the betterment of society.
While slightly (and by slightly, I really mean drastically) different than the interfaith karaoke community center that is the end result of interfaith work in the movie, Jewish Women International is echoing the axiom of interfaith unity by coordinating a letter signed by nearly 45 national faith organizations urging Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). In times of crisis, victims often turn to their faith communities and leaders for guidance and support. It is for this reason that it is of the utmost importance for religious organizations to rally together in support of VAWA. JWI is proud to lead these efforts and convene the Interfaith Domestic Violence Coalition, a group of religious organizations focused on advocating for public policies that improve the lives of women and girls.
In our current world where religious affiliation has the potential to act as a dividing tool in society, it is wonderful to see the synthesis of these faith based groups, overcoming religious differences for the health and safety of all women. I hope you will join JWI and our incredible interfaith partners in our effort to reauthorize VAWA this Congress.