The mission of the Interreligious Training Consortium is to foster greater understanding and trust between faith leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions.



We invite you to participate in a rare opportunity to interact and learn from religious trainers from all backgrounds in Jewish, Muslim and Christian relations. You will have the opportunity to spend four days with lead trainers and peers who will open up dialogue within the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions. You will attend informal short seminars on topics that are challenging, significant, and faith based. Participants will attend events in New York City and build relations through service work with groups of disaster relief in New York City. Participants will receive a certificate at the end of the program for their participation and be recognized by the Interreligious Consortium at Manhattan College.


Recognizing that honest inter-religious dialogue can be difficult, we are making a deliberate effort to widen the conversation. The conference will include deep mutual listening on issues where genuine tension exists, work together on practical projects that express values shared by all three traditions, and opportunities for sharing in food, events, and informal conversation.


Criteria: Participant must be a religious leader form Jewish, Christian or Muslim faith. Participant should be well-versed with their own tradition. Participant must commit to the full days of learning and service. Please submit a resume and a letter of interest indicating your interest in participating, what you would like to learn about interreligious training and how would it benefit you and your religious community. Please send all materials to:


Where: Manhattan College, Riverdale, NY When: June 17th to 21st 2019

Lodging, food, events, and transport included.


Please apply by March 15th 2019

If you have any questions, please write to Dr. Mehnaz M. Afridi

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Under Siege Again? Holocaust Distortion and the Rise of Hate Crimes Against Jews

To commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination and concentration camp, join us for a conversation about how antisemitism at the international, national, and regional levels fuel holocaust distortion, as well as the challenges in prosecuting religiously-based hate crimes locally. Featuring Michael Brovner, Chief of the Queens County District Attorney’s Hate Crimes Bureau in New York City, and Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

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Lessons of White Nationalism, Racism, and Government

The Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center invites you to an interdisciplinary Teach-In with faculty and students on Feb. 2nd at 7 pm: "Lessons of White Nationalism, Racism, and Government,” featuring; Rev. Thomas Franks, Rev. Dr. Courtney Bryant, Dr. Jonathan Keller, and Dr. Jeff Horn. They will speak for ten minutes each followed by questions and discussion. The United States faces a reckoning: serious issues divide Americans. Blatant racism, sexism, Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and violence are constantly on display. However, this nation has pledged that the respect and care of every living being and non-violent change can unite us in our democratic values. As John F. Kennedy said in 1961, “Let both sides explore what problems unite us.” We must seek understanding to face the challenges of our time. At Manhattan College, we seek dialogue, and the critical exchange of ideas as we engage with one another equally and dream of a better future. In keeping with Lasallian values, the Manhattan College community will redouble educational efforts for our students to undertake campus-wide reflection on teaching and our core values of civic responsibility, racial justice, and moral integrity. This Interdisciplinary Teach-In is a forum with expert faculty from Manhattan College; Campus Ministry and Social Action, History, Political Science and Religious Studies. Student representatives will submit questions beforehand to ensure the inclusion of student voices in this forum. Please join us via google meet: Please submit questions for Q&A:


Who Is My Neighbor?: Race, Culture, and American Life

The Judith Plaskow Lecture of Women and Religion will be presented by M. Shawn Copeland, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Theology at Boston College. This lecture interprets the ‘Parable of the Good Samaritan’ as told by the Jewish rabbi Jesus of Nazareth and recorded in the Christian Scriptures in order to probe its usefulness for contemporary living. Civility, decency, respect, along with basic democratic values seem to be under assault around the globe. Perhaps, critical consideration of the basic command––to love one’s neighbor as oneself––might help us recover “the better angels of our nature.”

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