On Wednesday, December 5, 2018, Rabbi Jill Jacobs participated in a panel discussion with former President Jimmy Carter and Imam Omar Suleiman, marking the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The three explored what the scriptures of Christianity, Judaism and Islam have to say about human rights. How can we align religious life with human rights? What role should spiritual leaders play in promoting human rights? And what can everyday people of faith do to defend human rights and encourage mutual respect between people of different religions?

Highlights and full discussion below:


Full Discussion

“In our conversations before and after the panel, President Carter was warm, gracious and unassuming. I had the opportunity to thank him for Camp David, which produced the longest lasting peace treaty in Israel’s history, and remains a testament to the need to take political risks in order to make peace,” Rabbi Jacobs said afterwards. (Read more reflections here.)


Karin Ryan, the Carter Center’s senior adviser on human rights and special representative on women and girls


Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Rabbi Jill Jacobs, executive director of T’ruah, the Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
Imam Omar Suleiman, founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic Research