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“A crime committed in the name of religion is the greatest crime against religion”
Rabbi Arthur Schneier
"Live and Let Live"
"I don't want to be tolerated, I want to be accepted"
Rabbi Arthur Schneier

Who We Are

As People of Faith we must be in the forefront of countering the hate mongers in our midst who breed bias, hatred and division.

We stand together with those who respect human dignity of all of God’s children. Bound by our shared destiny to heal our wounded world, we must emerge as a united human family, seeking improvement by building peaceful co-existence and respect the other.

The Appeal of Conscience Foundation, founded by Rabbi Arthur Schneier in 1965, has worked on behalf of religious freedom and human rights throughout the world. 

To uphold the principle of “live and let live” is the Appeal of Conscience Foundation’s continuing goal. An interfaith coalition of business, religious and foreign policy leaders, this international organization promotes mutual understanding, peace and interreligious cooperation and provides a voice of conscience to protect minorities.  

The Foundation believes that freedom, democracy and human rights are the fundamental values that give nations of the world their best hope for peace, security and shared prosperity.

Recent Press

ACF supports International Human Fraternity Day

February 6, 2023
Rabbi Arthur Schneier Remembers Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, Condolences to Pope Francis and Worldwide Catholic Community
January 5, 2023

Rabbi Arthur Schneier Offers Condolences to His Holiness Pope Francis and the worldwide Catholic community on the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

January 5, 2023
Rabbi Schneier Participates in Interfaith Inaugural Panel Discussion
January 5, 2023

ACF Organizes Operation Heat and Aid to Ukraine

January 5, 2023
57th Appeal of Conscience Awards
September 19, 2022

Appeal of Conscience Supports International Human Fraternity Day

February 3, 2022

2022 UN International Holocaust Remembrance Virtual Service

January 25, 2022

Rabbi Arthur Schneier featured on the United Nations “Awake at Night” podcast, hosted by  Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.

June 16, 2021

Hon. Henry A. Kissinger recognizes ACF World Statesman Recipient, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at 2021 Annual Awards Virtual Event

May 26, 2021

History of the

Appeal of Conscience Foundation

In 1965 Rabbi Arthur Schneier created an innovative idea to establish a vibrant international coalition of interfaith business, religious and foreign policy leaders to uphold the principle “live and let live” and address issues pertaining to human rights, religious freedom, and mutual understanding in former Communist countries. Within the year, he engaged the early leadership of those who had a passion for world peace, civil and human rights: Honorable Francis E. Dorn, member of the 83rd United States Congress, Thurston Davis, SJ, Editor of America House; Dr. David H.C. Read, Minister of Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and Dr. Harold Bosley, Senior Minister of Christ Methodist Church.