Seminarian Program on Israel and the Palestinian Territories
Program Status: Three cohorts of Christian seminary students and Rabbinic students, totally 45 young religious leaders, participated in this transnformative experiential education program between 2010-2012. Alumni of the program are supported by Auburn, and regularly support each other, in their religious leadership around Israel and the Palestinian Territories. You can read about the experience of two participants in an op/ed entitled "Jesus, Judaism and Seeing the Other."
The Christian-Jewish Seminarian Program on Israel and the Palestinian Territories is a joint project of Auburn Theological Seminary and the American Jewish Committee (New York Region)
Too often, interfaith dialogue and work in America avoids discussion of Israel, largely because the topic of Israel and Palestine causes rifts in delicate group dynamics that are very difficult to bridge. The Protestant-Jewish Seminarian Program on Israel and the Palestinian Territories, launched in 2008, brings together Jewish seminarians and Christian seminarians to learn about each other's communal, political, and theological perspectives on Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and the regional conflict. This program gives future Jewish and Christian clergy the skills, knowledge and relationships they need in order to lead their communities toward constructive dialogue and peaceful work in an interfaith setting, even with regard to challenging topics like Israel and Palestine. The program is designed to foster long-lasting relationships among the participants and provides deep learning through which participants begin to experience the region and its complexities through each others' eyes. Participating student clergy engage each other through a series of learning and dialogue sessions and then travel to Israel and the West Bank on a 10 day travel study program.
For additional information about this program, please see the links in the lefthand navigation menu.