We are an interfaith organization that works to inform and inspire a constituency of diverse faiths in the United States to action. We work on issues of domestic and foreign policy. The organization, which is based in Washington D.C, has faith constituencies in the South-Central, West and East Coast of the U.S. Our focus areas are civilian security, ending mass atrocities and protecting and integrating refugees and immigrants. We bring faith voices from the U.S. and around the world to Washington D.C. to educate and enlighten our policy makers, have programs to support the integration of refugees in the U.S., promote civilian security and end mass atrocities in Burma and Sri Lanka. We are non-partisan in our approach and seek a world of peace, human rights and democracy as we build relationships across political divides to move U.S. government policies forward. Our faiths teach us that we are one people in an interconnected world.
Our focus areas are protecting the rights of immigrants, ending mass atrocities, and ensuring civilian security around the world. We are non-partisan in our approach and seek a world of peace, human rights and democracy. Download our BFI Factsheet.
Rabbi Joshua Lesser
Rabbi Joshua Lesser leads Congregation Bet Haverim as a place dedicated to celebrating all aspects of Jewish life and creating an accessible and engaging spiritual home. Together he and the members of CBH have fostered a warm environment balancing the needs of a diverse community. Rabbi Josh is dedicated to contributing to the Jewish community and the city of Atlanta in positive ways.
His adventurous spirit has propelled him to found new programs like the Rainbow Center, a Jewish communal response to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Recently he has been helping the Jewish community in New Orleans (where he once spent time as a Teach For America corps member) to develop , a Jewish LGBT nonprofit.
He was one of the founders of the Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta, and the first rabbi to serve as its president. Taking the lead in interfaith work, he also was the only rabbi on Atlanta’s first ‘World Pilgrims’ pilgrimage to Turkey, a project designed to enhance understanding between Christians, Jews and Muslims. He later led an interfaith pilgrimage to Egypt, Jordan and Israel.He is committed to supporting refugees and immigrants in the region to feel welcome and supported to make their new homes in the U.S. He also is focused on ending the root causes of displacement such as war and mass atrocities.