Join us for a thought-provoking discussion with Imam Abdullah Antepli and Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin as they tackle the complex issues of Israel, Palestine, Zionism, and the role of religion in America.
“The Elephants in the Room: Israel, Palestine, Zionism, and the Role of Religion in America - Can we talk about them? We can, and we do” will provide a unique perspective on these sensitive topics and offer the chance for meaningful dialogue.
About the Speakers
Imam Abdullah Antepli is a globally acknowledged leader in inter-religious dialogue. He directs (with Yossi Klein Halevi) the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative. Born in Turkey, he served as Duke University's first Muslim chaplain; its director of Center for Muslim Life, and teaches at the Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy & Divinity School. The NonProfit Times recognized him as one of their Power & Influence Top 50 leaders of 2019, calling him one of the most prominent Muslim leaders in higher education today.
Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin is one of American Judaism’s most prolific and most-quoted rabbis. His blog, “Martini Judaism: for those who want to be shaken and stirred,” published by the Religion News Service, won a 2022 Wilbur Award for best religion blog of the year. His essays have appeared in the Washington Post, Tablet, Mosaic, Forward, and Commentary. He has written ten books on bar/bat mitzvah, Israel, masculinity, and Jewish culture, as well as three Torah commentaries. He serves as the rabbi of Temple Israel in West Palm Beach, Florida.
This event is co-sponsored with a group of Jewish organizations and synagogues from around the country, including the Jewish Federation of Madison.
Co-sponsors: Temple Beth Shalom, Santa Fe, NM, Jewish Federation of Madison, Jewish Federation of Peoria, Flint Jewish Federation, Jewish Federation of Greater New Bedford, Jewish Federation of Ventura County, Jewish Federation of Springfield, IL, Jewish Federation of Houston, Contra Costa JCC, Walnut Creek, CA, Congregation Emanu-El, Redlands, CA, Congregation Emanu-El B'ne Jeshurun, Milwaukee, WI, Tikvat Israel Congregation, Rockville, MD, Congregation Or VeShalom, Atlanta, GA, Congregation Beth Israel, San Diego, CA, Congregation Adath Jeshurun, Louisville, KY, Yashar: The Institute for Jewish Activism, Lake Success Jewish Center