Upcoming Events

August, 2017


Sun. August 6th – Thursday, August 10th, Jewish Theology and World Religions Conference
Hebrew University, Mt. Scopus Campus, Jerusalem

In the framework of the World Congress of Jewish Studies, Elijah, together with the Elyachar Center of Ben Gurion University, will be sponsoring a conference on Judaism’s attitudes to, relations with and opportunities for collaboration with world religions. The conference will engage the work of Alon Goshen-Gottstein, and the publications of the Elijah Interfaith Institute. (hyperlink http://elijah-interfaith.org/about-elijah/our-publications) The two day program will bring together some of the most prominent Jewish and thinkers working in the field of interfaith and Jewish theology of religions. For further information and for final confirmation of the days during that week when the program takes place, contact info@elijah-interfaith.org

410 Judaism and World Religions: Sharing Spiritual Strategies
Sunday, 06 August, 2017 09:00-11:00, Room: 2722
Chairperson: Avinoam Rosenak

Haviva Pedaya (H)
Welcome and Discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein (ed.), Memory and Hope (Lexington 2015)
Nehemia Polen (E)
Discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein (ed.) Sharing Wisdom (Lexington 2016)
Meir Buzaglo (H)
Discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein (ed.), Friendship Across Religions (Lexington 2015)

411 Judaism and World Religions: Facing Contemporary Challenges
Sunday, 06 August, 2017 11:30-13:30, Room: 2722
Chairperson: Hanoch Ben-Pazi

Shlomo Fischer (E)
Discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein (ed.) The Crisis of the Holy (Lexington 2014)
Miriam Feldmann Kaye (E)
Discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein (ed.), The Future of Religious Leadership (Lexington 2016)
Steven Kepnes (E)
Discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein (ed.), The Religious Other (Lexington 2014)

412 Judaism and World Religions: Jewish Theological and Existential Responses
Sunday, 06 August, 2017 14:30-16:30, Room: 2722
Chairperson: Reuven Kimelman

Ephraim Meir (E)
Discussion based on Goshen-Gottstein/Korn (ed.) Jewish Theology and World Religions (Littman 2012)
Alan Unterman (E)
Discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein, The Jewish Encounter with Hinduism (Palgrave 2015)
Karma Ben Johanan (E)
Discussion based on Luther the Antisemite: A Contemporary Jewish Perspective (Fortress Press, 2017)
Eugene Korn (E)
Discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Heschel, Greenberg, Sacks (forthcoming)

413 Judaism and World Religions: Judaism, Hinduism and Next Steps
Sunday, 06 August, 2017 17:00-19:00, Room: 2722
Chairperson: Yudit Greenberg

Alan Brill (E)
Hindu God, Jewish God: Breaking Boundaries beyond Same and Different
Daniel Sperber (E)
Contemporary Hinduism: Idolatry or Monotheism?
Nathan Katz (E)
Free Will (Bachira) or Divine Play (Lila)? Jewish and Hindu Creation Stories and their Meanings
Alon Goshen-Gottstein (E)
Hindu-Jewish Relation: The Work Ahead

414 Judaism and World Religions: Revisiting Idolatry
Wednesday, 09 August, 2017 09:00-11:00, Room: 2802
Chairperson: Eugene Korn

Discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Same God, Other god (Palgrave 2015) and Moshe Halbertal

Eugene Korn (E)
David Berger (E)
Marc B. Shapiro (E)

415 Judaism and World Religions: “Religious Genius” as a New Conversation
Wednesday, 09 August, 2017 11:30-13:30, Room: 2802
Chairperson and opening: Alon Goshen-Gottstein (E)
Discussion based on Alon Goshen-Gottstein, Religious Genius : Appreciating Inspiring Individuals Across Traditions (Palgrave 2017)

Dov Schwartz (H)
Rav Kook as Religious Genius
Zvi Mark (H)
R. Nahman of Breslav as Religious Genius
Yehuda Gellman (E)
What Makes One a “Religious Genius” ?

Wed. August 9th – Wed. August 16th , InTerfaith: Building Community, seminar, Brussels

In partnership with I.Touch, we will be facilitating a training seminar for emerging leaders. Program includes introduction to religions; Pilgrimage of peace; Religious Geniuses.
For further information, see  http://interfaithbc.wixsite.com/interfaith

Thursday, 31th August
– Praying Together in Jerusalem.

Meet at the Jaffa Gate half an hour before  sunset to walk to our prayer venue.

On the final Thursday of every month at sunset, people of all faiths meet at the Jaffa Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem and go together to pray side-by-side at various venues within and outside the walls. Each gathering of PTIJ begins with a welcoming circle to celebrate our coming together as friends of diverse faiths. The welcome is followed by a brief teaching on a theme relevant to all. The heart of our gatherings is side-by-side prayer. Each religious group prays in its own authentic fashion, Muslims facing Mecca, Jews turning towards the heart of Jerusalem and Christians pray in a circle. Visually, this is a powerful image. Once the prayers begin, the mingling of voices, the sounds of different languages, the harmony of melodies, the moments of silence all combine to create a sense of sanctity. We pray differently, but not to compete with one another, rather, to support and enhance each other. Our prayers blend, in harmony.
Details:  https://jerusalemprayingtogether.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, October 17th – Wednesday, October 18th,
“Naming the Sacred”: Conference on Jerusalem and Contested Sacred Space

UNESCO chairs in interreligious and intercultural dialogue and scholars from all over the world will gather for a conference to discuss the preservation of historical memory in situations of contested sacred space and competition between religions. This conference is organized against the background of UNESCO declarations on Jerusalem, and seeks to provide a comparative, historical and international academic perspective to balance politicization of the approach to Jerusalem and to other sacred spaces globally. For further information, contact info@elijah-interfaith.org