Formation of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement

Posted on March 26, 2008

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A historical milestone toward Muslim-Jewish relationship was reached with the formation of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, a collaborative between USC Center for Religion & Civic Culture (CRCC) with Hebrew Union College (HUC) and the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Foundation (Omar). This project represents an unprecedented institutional initiative promoted by three proven and successful educational structures. Applauding Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Foundation, a major Islamic institution of Southern California, Dr. Siddiqi, Chairman of the Shura Council said, “this is historic, most meaningful and a need of the day.”

About the Center

The Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement is a community resource for training in inter-religious outreach, an online resource center for materials on Jewish-Muslim relations, and an academic think-tank. The Center seeks to address all three of these areas in an organized and comprehensive manner through training, outreach and resource development.

We hope for the Center to serve as a model for respect and partnership world-wide, while advancing our understanding of the shared history of these two peoples. A common vision is possible and the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement works to ensure that mutual understanding becomes the norm today.

We are working to provide:

  1. Muslim and Jewish community leaders with the motivation and skills to make interreligious dialogue successful;
  2. Community programs that build the capacity of existing Muslim and Jewish institutions to do dialogue;
  3. A web-based resource center for program materials, technical assistance, events calendars, experts directories, etc.;
  4. An academic think-tank that creates knowledge and new learning on Jewish and Muslim relations.

Mission

Our mission at the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement is to promote dialogue, understanding and grassroots, congregational and academic partnerships among the oldest and the newest of the Abrahamic faiths while generating a contemporary understanding in this understudied area and creating new tools for interfaith communities locally, nationally and beyond.

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