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Understanding Muslim Neighbors

Abrahamic Alliance International

Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Understanding Muslim Neighbors

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UNDERSTANDING MUSLIM NEIGHBORS is a seminar for Jews who want to build bridges of understanding and respect with Muslims. It navigates through a maze of conflicting information and stereotypes, then equips Jews with tools to work with Muslims in tikkun olam.

Join Abrahamic Alliance International and co-sponsors Lehrhaus Judaica, JCC East Bay, JFCS East Bay, Urban Adamah, and Congregations Beth El and Netivot Shalom

LAUNCH EVENT of Understanding Muslim Neighbors - Bay Area Jewish Community

Seminar led by Professor and Rabbi Reuven Firestone, an internationally renown expert on Islam and Muslim-Jewish relations, author of An Introduction to Islam for Jews, and Professor of Medieval Judaism and Islam at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Attend Introduction to Understanding Muslim Neighbors and learn:

  • What Muslims really believe about God, Torah, and Jews
  • Expressions of Judaism that Muslims appreciate most
  • Muslim sensitivities every Jew should know
  • How to collaborate with Muslims in tikkun olam



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). Firestone has written over one hundred scholarly chapters and articles and eight books, with translations 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.



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


What experts are saying...


"Rabbi Reuven Firestone is the rare and precious exception to the rule that scholars and academics keep apart from activists and direct engagement. Reuven is a celebrated scholar and a welcomed interlocutor in the intersections of the Islamic and Jewish communities. I have known him since 1973 and have profited from each and every encounter."

—Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan, Chief Program Officer and Senior Educator, Lehrhaus Judaica


"Professor Reuven Firestone is a voice we especially need now. He is a thoughtful, eloquent, scholarly guide for us to understand Islam. I have heard him on several occasions, and I invariably come away uplifted and motivated to learn more and to engage more deeply with Muslim friends and neighbors. His presentations should not be missed."

—Rabbi Sheldon Lewis,  former President, Northern California Board of Rabbis; Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Kol Emeth; author of The Torah of Reconciliation


"Firestone’s book (Introduction to Islam for Jews) shines as a beacon of scholarship and humanity.... Firestone has demonstrated that it is possible for Jews and Muslims to engage in an honest evaluation of their shared history and still find enough common ground to work for a better shared future."

—Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College; former President, Islamic Society of North America. 



Understanding Muslim Neighbors is supported in part by a grant from the Hellman Family


Have questions about Understanding Muslim Neighbors? Contact Abrahamic Alliance International

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JCC East Bay
1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709

Sunday, October 28, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM

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