Judaism and the World
“Muslim and Christian leaders are welcomed into our internal conversations and struggles with Jewish and Israeli identity to learn Jewish narratives and values. These experiences affirm my conviction in the power of investing in change agents, the power of sharing personal narratives and building intimate relationships, and the power of faith leaders to bring hopeful and proactive change to the world.”
Lauren Berkun, Nov. 2017
MUSLIM LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE
Now in its fifth year, the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI) invites North American Muslims to explore how Jews understand Judaism, Israel, and Jewish peoplehood. During the one-year MLI fellowship, a select group of North American Muslim leaders travel to the Institute in Jerusalem for text-based, hevruta-style and experiential learning, and gather in person and online for continued learning in North America. MLI alumni continue to study with the Institute to deepen and broaden their understanding of issues affecting Jews in Israel and North America.
The program aims to foster sophisticated relationships between Jewish and Muslims leaders in North America that can weather disagreement and difficulty. In 2017-18, MLI graduated its fourth and fifth cohorts, bringing the total number of alumni across North America to 100. This past year, relationships between MLI alumni and Jewish leaders have been strengthened in a number of cities, including Toronto, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston, and in a number of fields, including academic, media, and pulpit. MLI alumni and Jewish peers collaborated on bringing their communities together to build relationships and discuss topics that are often taboo or controversial.
MLI Co-Directors Abdullah Antepli and Yossi Klein Halevi
CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS
Christian Leadership Programs develop a community of thousands of Christian clergy and intellectual leaders committed to building greater understanding and partnerships with Jews about Judaism, Israel, and North American life. The programs introduce participants to the rich tapestry of contemporary Judaism and Israeli society.
Founded on the belief that every religious tradition may be challenged and enriched by the doctrines of another, the International Theology Conference convenes Jewish, Christian, and Muslim theologians for a week of tripartite dialogue and interreligious study. Through an intimate, respectful, and rigorous academic encounter, participants engage in intensive textual study, sharing their beliefs, reflections, and dilemmas. The conference operates in a three-year cycle that gathers 30 scholars, drawn equally from the three faith communities. Each cycle addresses a particular theme, with the goal of generating innovative ideas around the theme that can help to enliven and enrich the religious life of each. The current three-year cycle focuses on different dimensions of religious identity.