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Organization Elijah Interfaith Institute
History EII was started in the 1990s in Israel by Rabbi Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein to fill the gap in interfaith education and understanding, even among different Jewish denominations, in the Holy Land. After a consortium of 13 institutions in Israel was formed, the program offered an annual summer program between 1997 and 2002. Beginning in 2001, McGill began offering similar programs in Montréal, Canada. Soon year-round cross-seminary work was added. UNESCO recognised EII as an affiliated academic network.
City Jerusalem, Israel
Values Religion
Vision As an institute that could provide safe bridges to members of all faith traditions seeking wisdom and inspiration from other traditions without compromising their own religious integrity.
Mission As a multinational organization dedicated to fostering peace between the world's diverse faith communities through interfaith dialogue, education, research and dissemination.
Goals To help create a world where there is increasing understanding among the religions, as a path breaker in the field of interfaith education, it seeks to share that path with others and to serve other organizations.
Approach Our unique programming generates interfaith dialogue at the highest levels, bringing together world religious leaders and renowned scholars the world over, through research projects, public conferences and community-based initiatives. (1) EII includes all major faith traditions, (2) uses an educational approach, (3) works top-down via heads of religions, then scholars and finally the community at large, (4) has a holistic, coordinated, multiple level approach to interfaith work, (5) has a powerful international organisational structure, (6) uses Jerusalem as a symbol of its vision, (7) is a program of diverse religions, not one, (8) deals with the concerns raised by various religious leaders and (9) maintains a network of scholars, academic institutions, religious and community organisations.
Structure Supported by Major sponsorship consists of the Jerusalem consortium, administrative board, academic advisory board, affiliates, volunteers, offices in North America and Isreal, an Institute to be owned severally by religious bodies.
Scale Medium
Scope International
Activity (1) The Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, mentioned above, (2) The Elijah Interfaith Academy, which enables scholars of different religious traditions to share teaching and engage in common projects, (3) The Elijah Educational Network, which serves, strengthens and connects interfaith organisations worldwide, (4) The Elijah School for the Study of Wisdom in World Religions, where students and faculty from different religions mix and learn from one another and (5) The HOPE (House of Prayer and Education) Centre
Religion Judaism, All-faith
Words faith, sprituality, education
Acronym EII
Contact P.O.B. 4069 Chopin Street, Jerusalem 91040, Israel. Tel. +972-2-672-9276 Fax. +972-2-675-3465.