Rabbi Gideon Shloush, instructor in Jewish studies at Stern College for Women and president of the New York Board of Rabbis (NYBR),  led an NYBR delegation to attend an anti-Semitism conference hosted by the Italian foreign ministry in Rome on January 29−30. The conference attendees included almost all of the foreign ministers of the 57 countries in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Rabbi Shloush was joined by other NYBR leaders including, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik (executive vice president), Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner (past president), Rabbi Rachel Ain (financial secretary), Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn (treasurer), and Rabbi Diana Gerson (associate executive vice president) as well as Rabbi Felipe Goodman of Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas, Nevada

After two days of intense meetings, moving stories and policy discussions, Rabbi Shloush wrote that, “we look back at the painful history of hatred and are hopeful that through commitment and collaboration a new chapter of inclusion and understanding will be written.”

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