After many years of successful research cooperation between the two institutions, the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies (SIJS) and the Protestant Theological University (PThU) have extended their collaboration to formal student and staff exchanges, thanks to a generous grant of EURO 50,000 through the Erasmus+ program of the European Union.
Schechter Rabbinical Seminary hosted a group of Catholic priests from Israel, the US, Philippines, Australia, India and Europe for an interfaith encounter.
Dr. Ari Ackerman, Dean of the Schechter Institute asks: Can Judaism and Christianity cooperate, or is there an unbridgeable gap between these two religions?
Encounters between Arab and Jewish youth are often marked by heated ideological debate on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and possible solutions. And yet – when witnessing a direct meeting between Jewish and Arab (Christian and Muslim) ten-eleven year olds, pupils from the Alona School on Moshav Amikam and from the Greek Catholic School of Nazareth – Al Asfiya, one senses that something very different is going on. The children are excited to greet one another, are sometimes nervous but happy to meet; they strike up friendships quickly and ask their teachers to schedule additional meetings. This may not be surprising if the kids were getting together to dance or play ball. After all, we assume that kids everywhere can find a common language, the language of childhood.