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What We Learn
November 13, 2020
Post-election analysis with Robert P. Jones, a new YA book explores food, family, and interfaith friendship, and we honor the life of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.
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The Post-Election Story of Religious Voters November 13, 2020
This week our 2020 post-election analysis begins with Robert P. Jones from the Public Religion Research Institute. Jones details insights from the annual survey of American values across religious groups and highlights from the exit polling from the 2020 elections. Tackling the ‘demographics are destiny’ thesis, Jones explains how young voters are defying conventional wisdom. And, how race continues to influence the behavior and once again, trumps theology.

Robert P. Jones Ph.D. CEO and Founderof the Public Religion Research Institute and a leading scholar and commentator on religion, culture, and politics. He is the author of White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity and The End of White Christian America, which won the 2019 Grawemeyer Award in Religion.

Robert P Jones Ph.D. Image courtesy PRRI.

Robert P. Jones Ph.D.

Table filled with Pakistani food. Photograph by Shubert Ciencia shared under a Creative Commons By Attribution license, via Wikimedia Commons.
Making a Place at the Table November 13, 2020
A new middle-grade book, explores food, family, and interfaith friendship. Unlike most books for this age group, the families are intact and kids are not tasked with saving the world.  Instead, they wrestle with finding their way as first-generation immigrants and confront the stressors their parents face from depression and anxiety to financial stress. Set in a small American suburb, co-authors Laura Shovan, and Saadia Faruqi introduce readers to experiences drawn from their lives. Readers meet how a young Jewish and Muslim girl find friendship in an unlikely place, an afterschool cooking club.

Saadia Faruqi, Pakistani American author, essayist, interfaith activist, and author of Meet Yasmin! and A Place At The Table.

Laura Shovan. Author of the award-winning Middle-grade novel The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, and poet-in-the-schools for the Maryland State Arts Council.

Saadia Faruqi. Photo by QZB Photography-courtesy Clarion Books

Saadia Faruqi

Laura Shovan. Image copyright Linda Joy Burke, and courtesy Laura Shova

Laura Shovan

A Place at the Table. Image courtesy Calrion Books

A Place at the Table

Calrion Books
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Remembering Rabbi Jonathan Sacks November 13, 2020
An influential thought leader in the Jewish and interfaith worlds, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks was a public scholar, religious leader, and prolific communicator.  In this segment, we revisit an excerpt from his conversation on Interfaith Voices from 2015.

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013, Member of the House of Lords from 2009 to his death in 2020, author of Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times among many other books.
Sr. Maureen Fiedler, SL and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
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