Welcome to The David Project's Inaugural Interfaith Summit
By Phil Brodsky, Executive Director
At a time when polarization and divisiveness are pushing people farther from one another, a group of students will be convening in November to show their peers and the country that it’s still possible to come together across difference.
November 9-11, 2018, just after Election Day, more than 30 student leaders representing different religious communities will come together for a weekend of learning, sharing and joint action at The David Project’s inaugural Interfaith Summit.
This weekend also provides us an opportunity to reflect and come together in response to recent tragedies. In light of the horrific shooting that took place at the Tree of Life Synagogue, we have seen countless groups of diverse faiths come out in support of their local Jewish communities in this time of need. Now more than ever, our students are a prime example of how our faiths bring us together even in difficult times.
At the summit students will learn from interfaith and religious community leaders, find common ground that unites the religious wisdom traditions, and share best practices for program planning to bring together interfaith groups on campus.
Erick Cohen, a student from George Washington University, sees tremendous opportunity for collaboration this weekend. “I am really excited about the Interfaith Summit. I find that one of the best way to connect with people is to talk about what we have in common, and I can’t wait to be with such a diverse group, all together because we believe our campus is stronger when we can come together, find what we have in common, and learn from one another.”
Students participating will be leaders from faith communities including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and more.
Maxine Wiesenfeld, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, also sees tremendous importance in our movement. “I am excited to work with The David Project, because this is an organization that knows how to motivate students to think bigger and make our campuses a better place.”
Last year, David Project interns worked with their local Hillels and their partners in other religious communities to plan several interfaith programs such as Jewish-Muslim dialogues, Easter Passover Seders, and Hanukkah-Diwali events. The Interfaith Summit will be showcasing these student-led events and encouraging all participants to pledge to bring at least one new interfaith program back to their campus.
“I can’t wait for the Interfaith summit!” Juliana Moskowitz, campus coordinator of The David Project said. “Interfaith programming has the potential to be the anecdote for our divisive times. By coming together we are showing that the Jewish community, Israel activists, and religious community leaders have the potential to bring people together, not push each other away from one-another.”