Interreligious and Intergroup Relations

Jonathan Franklin, and Clifford Wolf, Co-Chairs

Mission: The mission of the AJC Westchester/Fairfield Interreligious & Intergroup Relations Committee (“IIRC”) is to build relationships based on mutual understanding, thereby providing a foundation for cooperation and mutual respect among people of all faiths and ethnicities.

The IIRC fills this role by facilitating communication, experiences and discussion among the groups, helping each community understand
the concerns and sensitivities of the others. These relationships will enable
us to collaborate and advocate on issues of common concern.

Recent Activities:

•Interfaith Paryer Services. The committee has recently organized and co-sponsored, along with faith groups from around the region, three interfaith programs to bring the multifaht community together to support healing and reconciliation in light of the 2014 Gaza conflict, the terrorist attacks in France and the attack at the Emanual AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. About 300 to 350 people attended these services.  We are now planning a service to plan to support the beleaguered Christian communities in the Middle East.

•Annual Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast. Last year’s Breakfast honored three members of the community for building bridges between diverse communities. About 300 community leaders attend this annual event.

•Shared Roots, Divergent Paths series at Iona College. The program is now in its 15th year. The Spring 2015 program was enttiled,"Reaching the Next Generation of Faith" exploring how each faith passes down beliefs and practices from generation to generation. The program for 2015-2016 will center around moving forward in Catholic-Jewish relations on the 50th anniversary of Nostra Aetate (part of Vatican II reforms.)

•Sacred Spaces. Our ongoing program brings together members of different faiths to attend worship services in different communities. This is a community-wide program that opens up sacred experiences to interested individuals outside the various congregations.   So far we have brought people of all faiths to Mormon, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, Quaker and Jewish Renewal services.  Forthcoming sevices include a Greek Orthodox service, as well as a Presbyterian service the Sunday leading up to Christmas 2015.

More information about the Interreligious and Intergroup Relations Committee is available by clicking here.


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