Remembering Jewish Military Chaplains

This week Congress authorized a new memorial at Arlington National Cemetery for 13 fallen Jewish military chaplains. There are three existing memorials on Arlington’s Chaplains Hill: one for Catholic chaplains, one for Protestant chaplains, and one to honor chaplains killed during World War I. For more than three years, a coalition has worked to get congressional approval for a monument to Jewish chaplains. We spoke with Rear Admiral Harold L. Robinson, a rabbi and former chaplain, and William Daroff, vice president for public policy and director of the Washington office of the Jewish Federations of North America, about the importance of recognizing Jewish chaplains and the interfaith nature of the military chaplaincy. Photographs courtesy of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History in Washington, DC. As told to associate news producer Julie Mashack. Edited by Patti Jette Hanley.