An evening of respectful dialogue around one of the hardest questions facing our global community

Thursday, September 8, 2016
7PM, Charles W. Loosemore Auditorium, Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton St. W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Even in this era of intense political polarization, few topics of debate elicit feelings as strong, or opinions as rigid, as the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict. Defined by complex histories and clouded by an array of misunderstandings, it is a conflict in which shared understanding is elusive but certainly not impossible.

In partnership with the Kaufman Interfaith Institute, the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies was proud to host a respectful conversation on one of the most challenging questions facing the international community: can we find common ground between Israel and Palestine? Abdullah Antepli, imam and Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs at Duke University, joined Orthodox Rabbi Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute, for an evening of dialogue between two internationally renowned interfaith leaders.

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Abdullah Antepli is Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs and was the first imam at Duke University. Antepli is the co-director of the Muslim Leadership Initiative which invites North American Muslims to engage in dialogue with the Jewish community in America and in Israel through the lens of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Donniel Hartman is President of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, Orthodox rabbi, and author of Putting God Second: How to Save Religion from Itself. He has been a frequent presenter at the Kaufman Interfaith Institute’s sponsored Jewish-Christian-Muslim triennial dialogues.

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