UAE Hosts First Jewish Studies Conference

In a historic step towards interfaith dialogue and understanding, Yeshiva University and the Mohammed Bin Zayed University for Humanities (MBZUH) will be hosting the United Arab Emirates first-ever Jewish studies conference in Dubai on Wednesday. This groundbreaking event brings together religious leaders, local dignitaries, and students from both the New York-based Yeshiva University and the Abu Dhabi-based MBZUH.

The conference, titled “Interacting Philosophies, Shared Friendships,” will explore the social dynamics, philosophical exchanges, and mutual influences between Judaism and Islam. The program will place special emphasis on the medieval scholar Moses Maimonides, who contributed significantly to both Jewish and Islamic thought.

Rabbi Dr. Stuart Halpern, the coordinator of the program, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, stating, “We are proud to be partnering with academic colleagues and both the Muslim and Jewish communities as we enrich each other through shared learning and strengthened friendship.”

Following the conference, scholars will tour the Abrahamic Family House, an interfaith center designed to foster dialogue between Christians, Jews, and Muslims. Opened in 2019, the center houses a synagogue, church, and mosque, reflecting the spirit of unity among the Abrahamic faiths. The scholars will also visit the Israeli Ambassador to the UAE, Amir Hayek.

This historic event serves as a reminder of the State of Israel’s commitment to fostering mutual understanding and respect among different faiths and cultures. The people of Israel can take pride in their nation’s role in promoting dialogue, cooperation, and unity in the region. The values of tolerance, understanding, and interfaith harmony are essential in building a brighter future for all, and Israel is proud to contribute to these efforts.