Challenges for Jewish-Muslim Relations Today in Israel & Beyond

September 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Two of Israel's leaders in Interreligious Dialogue will discuss the main obstacles and challenges--as well as achievements and progress--in the area of Jewish-Muslim Relations in Israel and in the world today.

Rabbi Dr. Ron Kronish & Kadi Dr. Iyad Zahalka will share with us their unique experiences in Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, relate some amazing stories of success, and enlighten us with their visions for the future. In particular, they will make a case for why Jewish-Muslim Dialogue is the new frontier for Interreligious Dialogue today.


Founder & Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), which he directed for 22 years, Dr. Kronish is a noted rabbi, educator, author & speaker. Rabbi Kronish is a graduate of Brandeis University (BA), the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (Rabbi) & the Harvard Graduate School of Education (EdD), and has spoken in communities and at conferences in many parts of the world. He has also published widely and currently blogs for the Times of Israel. A book of essays edited by Kronish, entitled Voices for Interreligious Dialogue: Coexistence and Reconciliation in Israel, was published by Paulist Press in March 2015, and his professional memoir entitled The Other Peace Process Interreligious Dialogue, A View from Jerusalem was published in September 2017, by Hamilton Books, an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield. Rabbi Kronish is frequently consulted and quoted by Israeli and foreign journalists about current events in Israel and his public activism against religious hate crimes via his leadership in the Tag Meir (Light Tag) Forum.  For more information about Rabbi Kronish, see his website.

Director of the Shari'a Courts of the State of Israel and Judge of the Appeals Courts of the same system, under the auspices of the Ministry of Justice. Kadi Dr. Zahalka is an accomplished judge, lecturer, author, and interreligious educator. Kadi Zahalka obtained his L.L.B from Tel Aviv University and his M.A. (summa cum laude) from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he has completed his PhD thesis on the Muslim Minortiy Jurisprudence Doctrine (Feqh al Aqalliyyat). He currently teaches at Tel Aviv University and at Bar Ilan University. Dr. Zahalka’s recent book Shari’a in Modern Times has been published in Hebrew by Resling Press (2014) and was translated into English, to and then published by Cambridge University Press in 2016. Previously, Zahalka has published 2 additional books: Shari’a Courts Between Identity and Adjudication (Hebrew) and Guide to Shari’a Law (Arabic). He frequently lectures to a wide variety of groups in Israel and abroad.


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