Series combines religious and secular perspective on headline news and topical issues; Next premiere episode focusing on sexual harassment in the workplace, airs February 7

Bishop Mark Beckwith, Imam W. Deen Shareef and Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz host NJTV’s A Matter of Faith with A Bishop, An Imam and A Rabbi

UPDATED January 10, 2017 – NEWARK, NJ — NJTV, New Jersey’s public television network, announced new episodes of A Matter of Faith with a Bishop, an Imam and a Rabbi, a monthly series that examines today’s headlining news through the lens of faith, will air this winter/spring. The series, hosted by Bishop Mark Beckwith, Imam W. Deen Shareef and Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz will premiere new episodes on NJTV this February, March and April, giving viewers a seat at the table as the hosts vigorously discuss and debate high-profile issues sharing diverse perspectives on local, national and global issues.

The next new half-hour episode premieres February 7 at 8pm on NJTV (check local listings) and tackles the trending topic of power and sexual harassment in the workplace. Taped before a live audience, guests include New Jersey Congressional Representative Bonnie Watson-Coleman.  Post-discussion, the Bishop, the Imam and the Rabbi close each episode with individual sermons or benedictions for broader perspective on the program’s issues.

“There’s never been a better time to present a series that brings so many world views to the table and opens intelligent discourse about important topics,” said NJTV General Manager John Servidio.

A Matter of Faith with A Bishop, An Imam and A Rabbi is produced by Public Media NJ, Inc. John Servidio is Executive is Charge and Mike Kostel is Executive Producer.

The series debuted in 2017; watch previous episodes here: http://www.njtvonline.org/programs/matter-faith-bishop-imam-rabbi/

Upcoming episodes will air on March 7 and April 4 at 8pm on NJTV (check local listings).

Support for A Matter of Faith with A Bishop, An Imam and A Rabbi is provided in part by the William & Mary Greve Foundation, Esme Usdan and the Lemberg Foundation, Ross Wisnewski and George Reeves, and by these funders: Madeline and Charles Dreifus and Donald and Margery Karp.


About the Hosts and Producer

Bishop Mark Beckwith

Mark Beckwith is the tenth Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark. He co-founded and chairs Bishops United Against Gun Violence and is co-chair of the statewide Coalition of Religious Leaders of New Jersey.   Deeply committed to urban ministry, Bishop Beckwith has initiated homeless programs and soup kitchens in each congregation he has served in New Jersey and Massachusetts

Imam W. Deen Shareef

Imam W. Deen Shareef is the Imam of Masjid Waarith ud Deen in Irvington, New Jersey and the Convener of the Council of Imams in New Jersey. Previously he served as Director of Logistics and Industrial Opportunities in the Department of Economic & Housing Development and as Senior Advisor to Mayor Cory A. Booker. Committed to serving the spiritual, social, and economic needs of community, Imam Shareef co-founded Waris Cultural Center, Masjid Waarith ud Deen, and ComWealth Economic Development Corporation in New Jersey.

Rabbi Matthew Gewirtz

Rabbi Matthew D. Gewirtz is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey.  Previously he served as Senior Associate Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom in New York City.  A regular contributor to numerous professional publications, Rabbi Gewirtz is the author of “The Gift of Grief: Finding Peace, Transformation and Renewed Life after Great Sorrow” (Random House).

Mike Kostel, Executive Producer

Mike Kostel is a five time Emmy-award winner and twenty-time nominee with extensive experience developing, producing, writing and directing compelling television shows and special events in entertainment, sports, news and the arts. He has served as the executive producer of American Graduate Day at WNET and NJTV’s Emmy-nominated American Songbook at NJPAC.