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Understanding Muslim Neighbors

Abrahamic Alliance International

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Understanding Muslim Neighbors

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Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early Bird
Seminar notebook and kosher lunch included on both 11/17/19 (Part I) and 12/8/19 (Parts II and III).
Nov 11, 2019 $50.00 $0.00
General Admission
Seminar notebook and kosher lunch included on both 11/17/19 (Part I) and 12/8/19 (Parts II and III).
Nov 17, 2019 $60.00 $0.00
Introduction Only
Unsure if you want to attend the entire seminar? Enjoy the first two lectures free Nov. 17 (9:30 AM–11:15 AM) if space permits, then decide.
Nov 17, 2019 Free $0.00

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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 through a maze of conflicting information and stereotypes to equip Jews with the knowledge and tools to better understand and collaborate with Muslims in tikkun olam.



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


Nov 17, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Temple Emanu-El, 1010 University Ave, San Jose, CA 95126

Part I: Understanding Muslims

 What Muslims really believe about God, Torah, and Jews
 Expressions of Judaism that Muslims appreciate most*
 Muslim sensitivities every Jew should know*
 Common ground and differences between Muslims and Jews
 Arabs and Muslims in Jewish teachings
 Muhammad's relationship with Jews
 Understanding the Qur’an and Hadith
 Islamic spirituality and Jewish parallels
 Islamic law, states, and traditions
• Islamic holy days and ritual

Dec 8, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Congregation Shir Hadash, 20 Cherry Blossom Ln, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Part II: Responding to Muslims
• Implications of the Qur'an for Jews
• Multiple monotheisms?
• Covenant and “Chosenness” in Islam
• Agreement and Disagreement between Jews and Muslims
• Kosher and halal
• Muslim prayer and clergy
• Islamic faith and Muhammad's Prophethood
• Muslims, mission, and jihad
• What the Qur’an really says about Jews
• Jihad, Israel, and Palestine
• Muslim views of The Holocaust

Part III: Studying Scripture with Muslims
• Navigating sacred vocabulary
• Pitfalls to avoid
• Abraham and Isaac in the Qur’an
• Cain and Abel in the Qur’an
• Jewish and Muslim interpretive approaches  
• “Hot button” issues for Jews and for 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. 


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 tio 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.


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 & 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. 



Supported in part by a grant from the Hellman Family

Have questions about Understanding Muslim Neighbors? Contact Abrahamic Alliance International

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Temple Emanu-El
1010 University Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126

Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 9:30 AM

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