AJC initiatives in interreligious affairs historically have focused on Christian-Jewish relations. As America's population increasingly reflects the pluralism of the world faith community, AJC is pursuing opportunities to develop meaningful relationships with other religious communities, notably the growing Hindu community.
Rabbi Noam Marans, director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, addresses Swami Dayanand Saraswati.
2009 Hindu-Jewish Summit (New York, Washington)
Co-hosted with the World Council of Religious Leaders, the Dharma Acharya Sabha, and the Hindu American Foundation, this gathering featured meetings with members of the Obama administration, and a daylong encounter with AJC leaders.
2008 Hindu-Jewish Summit (Israel)
Organized by AJC, the World Council of Religious Leaders, and the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Focused on strengthening relations between the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Dharma Acharya Sabha, a coalition of prominent Hindu religious figures. Click here for more information.
2007 Hindu-Jewish Summit (New Delhi)
Rabbi David Rosen, AJC's international director of interreligious affairs, participated in the inaugural Hindu-Jewish Leadership Summit in New Delhi. In a joint declaration, the religious leaders affirmed their shared values, condemned violence, and pledged to address the challenges of poverty and illness. As special representative of the Israeli Chief Rabbinate's Permanent Commission for Interreligious Dialogue, Rabbi Rosen also met with Indian Buddhist and Muslim leaders.