Rabbi Emeritus at Ohef Sholom Temple, Dr. Lawrence Forman is an Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University. He holds a doctorate of Ministry in Religion and Philosophy from Boston University and is the founder and first director of the Institute for Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding.

“The Hizmet Movement does not discriminate between religious systems but it works for the good of all and the hurt of none.”

“I think we have to make sure we understand that this movement is a movement of peace, a movement of education, a movement of helpfulness, of support, no matter where it’s taking place.”

“I remember, he taught me that the word ‘jihad’ does not mean fighting other people and killing people and terrorism. It means an inner, spiritual struggle to try to find a relationship with God, or Allah, and to try to find a relationship with your best self and with the heart of others.”

“… when Mr. Gulen and the Hizmet Movement take a position of tolerance, of understanding, of acceptance, of dialogue, it may not be too popular. But to me, it’s the only way to resolve differences and to come to a mutual understanding.”