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Business has resources for White House on combatting antisemitism

15 Feb, 2023

By Brian Grim

Today, the White House hosted a listening session to inform the upcoming national strategy to counter antisemitism. As the statement indicates, this strategy is part of a broad effort to counter antisemitism, Islamophobia, and related forms of bias and discrimination within the United States.

At the meeting, I was able to share the remarkable ways faith and interfaith employee business resource groups (EBRGs) at some of the nation’s largest companies are building corporate cultures where antisemitism and any form of religious hatred or prejudice have no place.

For example, American Airlines Abraham’s Tent initiative brings together members of their Christian, Jewish, and Muslim EBRGs to regularly discuss how their respective faiths approach different topics ranging from prayer to marriage to pressing social issues.

The meeting was hosted by Shelley Greenspan, White House Liaison to the American Jewish Community and a member of the National Security Council, and Melissa Rogers, executive director of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

On February 28, American Airlines faith-based EBRGs will be hosting a day-long conference at the airline’s global headquarters in Dallas to share best practices and progress they’ve made on the journey to being recognized in 2022 as the most religiously inclusive workplace among U.S. Fortune 500 companies.

American Airlines also has invited the other companies among the Top 5 to share the progress they continue to make in this vital area of diversity. These include Intel, DELL, PayPal, and Texas Instruments.