Understanding Muslim Neighbors | Congregation Beth Am

Understanding Muslim Neighbors

Abrahamic Alliance International

Understanding Muslim Neighbors is an intensive, in-depth seminar for the Jewish community to build bridges of understanding and respect with Muslims. In two full days with a world-class scholar on Islam, this seminar navigates the maze of conflicting information and stereotypes to equip Jews with the knowledge and tools to better understand and collaborate with Muslims in tikkun olam.

  • November 17, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave, San Jose
    • Part I: Understanding Muslims
  •  December 8, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Lane, Los Gatos
    • Part II: Responding to Muslims
    • Part III: Studying Scripture with Muslims:

Abrahamic Alliance International brings graduate-level education by world-class scholars to grassroots Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities who want to learn about their Abrahamic neighbors and collaborate with them in compassion.

For a complete schedule and/or to register, visit the seminar webpage. Cost: early registration (by November 11), $50; General registration, $60. Seminar notebook and kosher lunch included on both November 17 (Part I) and December 8 (Parts II and III).

About the Instructor: Prof. Rabbi Reuven Firestone is the Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Affiliate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. Recipient of numerous research fellowships and university invitations, he is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Berlin (summers, 2017-2019) and Sigi Feigel Visiting Professorship for Jewish Studies, University of Zürich (2018). Prof. Firestone has written over a hundred scholarly articles and eight books, including An Introduction to Islam for Jews and An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims. His scholarship has been translated into German, French, Hebrew, Turkish, Arabic, Albanian, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, Indonesian and Urdu. Having lived with his family in Israel, Egypt and Germany, he regularly lectures in universities and religious centers throughout the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He served as vice president of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) and president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) and has initiated and continues to be involved in numerous projects and initiatives which bring together Jews, Muslims and Christians, Jews and Arabs, and Israelis and Palestinians.

Enjoy an unforgettable learning experience sponsored by Temple Emanu-El, Congregation Shir Hadash, APJCC Los Gatos and Congregation Sinai. 

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