"It's like wearing a badge: I am proud to be a member of the Jewish People and I strive to behave according to God's Word." - Rabbi Dennis Beck-Berman
Rabbi Beck-Berman is the leader of Congregation Brith Achim in Petersburg, VA. He received a traditional rabbinic ordination from Rabbinic Semikhah, B’nai Or and previously worked as an active duty Chaplain and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Reserve. Learn more about Jewish traditions and Rabbi Beck-Berman's personal insight on wearing a yarmulke.
"The turban is a statement that I will always be there for those in need and that I will stand up against oppression." - Harnek Singh Bajaj
Harnek and Gurtej, pictured above, are young Sikhs who attend Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Wearing a turban is a traditional part of the Sikh religion, but many people are under the incorrect impression that Muslim men wear turbans. Learn more about the tennents of the Sikh faith and read more from Harnek about what wearing a turban means to him.
"For me, it was about modesty... now people have no choice but to look at me for who I am rather than what I look like." - Anisah Khan
Anisah is a student at Virginia Commonwealth Student and wears the hijab, or head scarf, as a reflection of her Muslim faith. She came to the decision to wear the hijab on her own in high school. Learn more about the tennents and traditions of Islam and read more from Anisah about her experience wearing hijab.