We respect the priest, the rabbi, the lama and the iman for their leadership and their faith, and we study those faiths not to change our own but to understand the other. We know that understanding between the religions will be an ingredient of Peace in this world, and we know that the pursuit of mutual understanding and mutual respect is rooted in all faith traditions.
So this week we closed school on Rosh Hashana and, ten days later, Yom Kippur so that members of the Jewish faith can observe those Holy Days. All of our children will learn that Rosh Hashanah celebrates the New Year and Yom Kippur, the most sacred of days, is a day of atonement and repentance; many Jews observe this day by fasting and going to synagogue. During these days, Jews ask God and each other for forgiveness, and greet each other with the blessing “May you be inscribed in the Book of Life”.
So, we are an Interfaith school in order to promote understanding of all the religions and to encourage respect for all people.
In 2014, President Obama called on Americans to help promote religious tolerance around the world:
“Let us do more together to advance human rights, including religious freedom… In contrast to those who wield religion to divide us, let us do more to nurture the dialogue between faiths.”