On March 27, 2009, a Tri-Faith Dinner was hosted by the Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha, NE. The Initiative is a partnership in which Temple Israel, The Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, and the American Institute of Islamic Studies and Culture have come together to promote a partnership of the three Abrahamic faith groups- Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. HUC-JIR alum, Aryeh Azriel, spearheaded the Jewish involvement. The group is planning to build a campus which will house a mosque, synagogue, church, and shared facility.
The Tri-Faith Dinner featured Rabbi Peter Knobel of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Dr. Ingrid Mattson, president of the Islamic Society of North America, and President Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori of the Episcopal Church. There was a worship service, followed by a dinner, and a conversation about “Shalom, Salaam, and Peace.”