The "Healing Hatred" Program: A Joint Venture of HUC-JIR, the Holy Land Trust, and the Rossing Center for Education and Dialogue

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

During his recent visit to Israel, Rabbi Aaron Panken, Ph.D., President (pictured at right), met with key staff members and participants of the Healing Hatred program in Beit Jalla. This program, a joint venture of HUC-JIR, the Holy Land Trust, and the Rossing Center for Education and Dialogue, brings together Jews, Christians, and Muslims to use spiritual tools to deal with conflict situations and to heal trauma, both personal and political.

Dr. Ruhama Weiss, Parallel Associate Professor of Talmud and Spiritual Care and Director of the Blaustein Center for Pastoral Counseling in Jerusalem, stated, "Many participants shared that this was the first time they had talked about the conflicts they were facing. They spoke about the importance of this tool in helping to see the other as a person with difficulties and challenges, and in understanding the personal complexity of life within the traumas of the conflict."

To learn more about the Healing Hatred program, please contact Dr. Ruhama Weiss at

The annual international conference of the International Association for Spiritual Care (IASC) will host Healing Hatred: Spiritual Challenges in a Context of Political Conflict on July 9-11, 2017. Learn more. 

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