Rabbi Naamah Kelman Serves as Panelist at "The Tolerant Aspect in Judaism to the Other and Ways to Its Advancement"

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Dean, HUC-JIR/Jerusalem, participated in The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities panel, "The Tolerant Aspect in Judaism to the Other and Ways to Its Advancement," chaired by Professor Shlomo Avineri, Member of The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The Academy invited leading academics and politicians to discuss the dangers facing Israel and the ways in which scholars and academics can help to minimize a growing trend in Israel, as a response to the disturbing events this summer.

The event was attended by Israel President Reuven Rivlin, who called on the Academy to help confront what he called a "sickness," and featured discussions on how religion can serve as a constructive role for fighting racism. Participants included Rabbi Menachem HaCohen, Rabbi of the Moshavim Movement and Chairman of the Israel Jewish Council for Interreligious Relations; Professor Rachel Elior, Professor of Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute; and Rabbi Dr. Yoel Bin Nun.

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