The ADL-CRC’s Walk Against Hate begins Nov. 22 and features an amazing journey into our community’s story of civil rights. Registration is free, but if you want to make a donation, you will receive stylish Walk Against Hate gear (merchandise begins for a minimum donation of $25). Please visit www.adlplains.com to register. Registrants can also create a team or individual page to raise vital funds for ADL, spread the word about the walk, and actively fight hate for good.
Since bringing ADL’s National Walk Against Hate™ to Omaha and transforming it from an afternoon “walk” into a week-long, COVID-safe “journey”, there has been an incredible appetite for this positive community experience. Thanks to inspired collaborators and creative partners willing to open their doors and welcome us, the scope of our event has blossomed.
ADL-CRC’s Walk Against Hate™ encompasses a variety of locations (accessible actually and virtually) across the Omaha Metropolitan Area that hold significance to the evolution of civil rights and civil liberties in our community. Every week, between now and Sunday, Nov. 22, we will slowly unveil the identity of the first sites This week, we are excited to announce Boys’ Town, the Tri-Faith Initiative and the Mormon Trail.
During World War II, some of the houses on the Boys’ Town campus sheltered Japanese-Americans escaping forced internment on the West Coast. They came here at the urging of legendary Boys Town founder Father Edward Flanagan, who found them jobs on campus or helped them establish new lives in cities outside of Omaha.
Tri-Faith Initiative is a unique and ambitious project in the field of interfaith relations in design, scale, and scope. It brings together into permanent residency a synagogue, church, mosque, and interfaith center on one 38-acre campus in the middle of America’s heartland. Tri-Faith Initiative aims to create a more inclusive culture in which religious pluralism is socially normative.
In 1827, 21-year-old Joseph Smith announced that he had unearthed a set of golden plates, inscribed with the tenants of God’s true church. Smith said that he had been directed to the plates by an angel named Moroni, who also had given him divine tools for translating the ancient inscriptions into English. Important differences between mainstream Christianity and Mormon doctrine quickly emerged, but it was primarily hostilities over land, business, and politics that caused Smith repeatedly to move church headquarters. Driven out of Missouri in 1838, the Mormons finally settled along a bend of the Mississippi River in Illinois. There they established a community they called Nauvoo, a Hebrew word meaning “beautiful place.”
Sponsors of the Walk include the ACLU of Nebraska, Carol & Steve Bloch, Broadmoor Development, Fraser-Stryker Law Firm, Aaron Weiner and Teresa Vaughn, Tri-Faith Initiative, Rich and Fran Juro, W.H. Ferer Company, and the Board of County Commissioners, Douglas County, Nebraska.
The Walk Against Hate Committee includes Tippi Denenberg, Jen Goodman, Erika Kirby, Preston Love, Jr., Sara Rips and Justin Spooner.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil right/human relations agency, the ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. Locally, the ADL-CRC office was established in 1950. In a unique relationship, the ADL also serves as the Community Relations Committee (CRC) and is the central resource for information on social issues and problems affecting the local Jewish community in Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. The ADL-CRC attempts to foster conditions conducive to creative Jewish living in a free society.