Interreligious Dialogue as a Tool for Peace-Building in Israel-Palestine lecture
by Ophir Yarden
Thursday, November 12, 2009
216 Bicentennial Hall
Ophir Yarden was born in the United States and immigrated to Israel in 1978. He is a specialist in non-formal Jewish education and the use of Israel as an educational resource, and is director of the Center for Interreligious Encounter with Israel at the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI) in Jerusalem. He serves as Secretary-General of IJCIR, the Israel Jewish Council for Interreligious Relations.
Mr. Yarden is professor of Jewish and Israel studies at Brigham Young University’s Jerusalem center and lectures widely elsewhere. He has taught at several other Jerusalem institutions including Hebrew University and the Hebrew Union College. He conducts seminars in Israel for Jewish professionals from the Diaspora and teaches in Israel’s national tour guides courses, and lectures regularly at Christian seminaries.
His research interests center on Jewish identity and its changes over history, and he has published several articles on civil religion in Israel. He recently returned from three semesters in Stockholm where he served as the Scholar-in-Residence of PAIDEIA: The European Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden.