The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue in the Service of Peace

Presentations by Rabbi Ron Kronish and Kadi Iyad Zahalka of Jerusalem

Date & Time:

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM


Free and open to the public


Hamline Methodist Church
1514 Englewood Ave, St Paul, MN 55104

Ron Kronish and Kadi Iyad Zahalka

Ron Kronish and Kadi Iyad Zahalka

Rabbi Ron Kronish and Kadi Iyad Zahalka, prominent interreligious dialogue activists in Jerusalem, will discuss interreligious and intercultural dialogue as an essential ingredient for achieving lasting peace.  While only political leaders can create peace treaties, religious leaders can help people in conflict learn to live together.  Come hear how these pioneering religious leaders utilize dialogue to change hearts and minds in the service of peace.

Rabbi Ron Kronish, founding director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, is a noted educator, author, and lecturer with rabbinic ordination from Hebrew Union College- Jewish Institute of Religion and a doctorate in education from Harvard University.  A resident of Jerusalem, he has represented ICCI at the Vatican and at many international conferences, and he is frequently consulted by media representatives for background information and briefings on interreligious relations in Israel. 

Kadi Iyad Zahalka, head of the Shar'ia Court in Jerusalem, is an accomplished judge, lecturer, author, and activist.  He has filled several important positions in the Shar'ia court system, including that of director.  Kadi Zahalka earned his L.L.B. from Tel Aviv University and his M.A. (summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where he is now completing his Ph.D. thesis on the Muslim minority jurisprudence doctrine (Fiqh al Aqalliyyat).

Sponsored by the Jay Phillips Center in collaboration with the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law and the Conflict Studies Program at Hamline University

Other collaborators: Adath Jeshurun CongregationBeth Jacob CongregationCenter for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Bruce Goodman, Islamic Center of MinnesotaJewish Community Center of Greater St. Paul, Rabbi Michael Latz of Shir Tikvah Congregation, Macalester Plymouth United Church Peacemakers, Minnesota Rabbinical Association, Mount Zion TempleMuslim-Christian Dialogue Center at the University of St. Thomas, Muslim Student Association at Hamline University, Pilgrims for Just Peace of Pilgrim Lutheran ChurchReconciliation Studies Program at Bethel University, SPIN (Saint Paul Interfaith Network), St. Clement's Episcopal Church, Temple Israel (Minneapolis)Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice at Hamline University, and United Theological Seminary

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