George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom

George Washington and the Promise of Religious Freedom for All

By Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.
Courtesy: The Huffington Post
Published October 11, 2016

This week Jewish people around the nation will gather in houses of worship in every state to observe the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. While many may not be aware of it, Jews have enjoyed the freedom to worship in the United States since its inception.

Religious freedom in the new nation had no bigger champion than George Washington.

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Join the Army and Choose Whichever God You Like

By Sarah Vowell
Courtesy: The New York Times
Published August 12, 2016

Every August, the oldest synagogue in the United States celebrates the fact that George Washington hated tolerance.

In 1790, a couple of months after Rhode Island became the last state to ratify the Constitution, Moses Seixas of Touro Synagogue in Newport wrote his president a nice note about what a relief it was to live in a republic “deeming every one, of whatever Nation, tongue, or language, equal parts of the great governmental Machine.”

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Loeb Institute on Religious Freedom Transforms Discussion on College Campus and Beyond

GWIRF Press Release
Published March 3, 2016

The newly established Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr. Institute for Religious Freedom at George Washington University is having a transformational impact across the campus and around the globe. Endowed by a $2.5 million gift from Ambassador Loeb, the new institute has attracted participation from numerous departments in the Columbian College as well as from the university’s schools of law and medicine.

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Institute for Religious Freedom Will Move Education Programs to George Washington University

Courtesy: GWTODAY, GW’s Official Online News Source
Published January 27, 2016

President George Washington’s legacy as a champion of religious freedom and the acceptance of all faiths will be sustained at the George Washington University through the href=”https://loeb.columbian.gwu.edu/” target=”_blank”>Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr. Institute for Religious Freedomin the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

The John L. Loeb Jr. Foundation and the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom have donated $2.5 million to establish the institute at GW, the university announced Wednesday.

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American Jewish Historical Society Honors Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. with Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award

Courtesy: The American Jewish Historical Society
Published August 6, 2015

The Board of Trustees of the American Jewish Historical Society cordially invites you to the 2015 Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award Dinner to honor Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr.

The event will be held on November 11, 2015 at the Roosevelt Hotel, 45 East 45th Street, New York, NY.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: http://www.ajhs.org/emma-lazarus-award.

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George Washington’s birthday reconsidered

By John L. Loeb, Jr.
Courtesy: The Star-Telegram
Published February 6, 2015

Let’s give his birthday back to George Washington.

Is there some timely reason? Yes.

Since 1879, Washington’s Birthday, February 22, has been celebrated as a Federal Holiday—although, in 1968, as part of a grand plan to create three-day “holiday” weekends, it was pegged to the third Monday of the month.

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