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Jews and Muslims Explore The Once and Future Jerusalem

The Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC has joined with the Michigan Muslim Community Council to present, “A Shared Future: The Once and Future Jerusalem,” a special dialogue between Wayne State University Professors Howard Lupovitch and Saeed Khan.  There will be three opportunities to attend the program:  March 7 at the Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield, March 28 at the Muslim Unity Center in Bloomfield Hills and April 11 at the Wayne State University David Adamany Undergraduate Library, Bernath Auditorium in Detroit.  All programs will take place at 7 p.m.


Launched in 2014, A Shared Future is an interfaith dialogue series which unites members of the Jewish and Muslim communities to learn together and build relationships. During each program, Professors Lupovitch and Khan will explore why Jerusalem holds a central place in the faith and imagination of Islam and Judaism alike. They will shed light on how Jews and Muslims view the city theologically, historically and now, politically. Each program will be followed by a dessert reception. There is no charge to attend.


Howard Lupovitch is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Cohn-Haddow Center for Judaic Studies at Wayne State University. He received a Ph.D. in Jewish History from Columbia University. He has taught at Cornell University, Colby College, the University of Western Ontario and University of Michigan where he was also a fellow at the Frankel Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies. Professor Lupovitch has published two books and is completing a history of the Jews of Budapest and writing a history of the Neolog Movement. Professor Lupovitch is the 2009 winner of the Benard L. Maas Prize for Achievement in Jewish Culture and Continuity in the Area of Humanities.


Saeed A. Khan is in the Department of History and is a Lecturer in the Department of Near East & Asian Studies at Wayne State University, where he teaches Islamic and Middle East History, Islamic Civilizations and History of Islamic Political Thought. Mr. Khan is a Research Fellow at Wayne State University’s Center for the Study of Citizenship and is also an Adjunct Professor in Islamic Studies at the University of Detroit-Mercy and at Rochester College, where he co-teaches a course on Muslim-Christian Diversity.  He is a Ph.D. Candidate at Wayne State University; Thomas M. Cooley Law School, JD.  Mr. Khan has served as a consultant to the US-Arab Economic Forum, and has founded the Center for the Study of Trans-Atlantic Diasporas, a think tank and policy center examining and comparing the condition of ethnic immigrant groups in North America and Europe, consulting the US and UK governments on their respective Muslim communities.


Advance registration is required for each program. To register, visit: asharedfuture.eventbrite.com.  For additional information, contact Corey Young, young@jfmd.org.  A Shared Future is generously sponsored by the Ravitz Foundation.

JCRC/AJC Responds to President Trump’s Statement on Jerusalem

December 2017 – The following statement was issued by David Kurzmann, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC.

“We support President Trump’s reaffirmation of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Consistent with the bipartisan Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, his statement advances Israel’s sovereign right to choose its capital. Jerusalem is home to the Knesset, the Supreme Court, as well as most Israeli government agencies.  Today’s announcement is recognition of the simple truth that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. It is inexplicable that countries throughout the world have failed to acknowledge this reality.

We endorse direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians towards a two-state solution, which is consistent with the United States policy. Bilateral negotiations remain the best route to resolving all final status issues, and we are hopeful that the peace process will be renewed to this end. We are sensitive to the ramifications of this announcement and we hope and pray for peace in Jerusalem.”