Join us on Thursday, Dec. 29th at 4pm at Jaffa Gate for the next Gathering

Praying Together in Jerusalem December 2016 Gathering

On December 29th, we welcome all those who are concerned about our shared, peaceful future in Jerusalem and about peace in the world to join us for a short, side-by-side multi-faith prayer event in the Old City.

The event will take place as follows:
4:00pm: Meet at the Jaffa Gate of the Old City

4:10pm: Walk as a group to the venue where our prayer will be held

On arrival at the venue, we will share a few words of religious wisdom and then move to our evening prayers.

Prayers in three groups: simultaneous prayers will be offered in the three Abrahamic faiths. You are welcome to join any one of the three or to meditate.

Final circle: we will conclude with joint singing and silent meditation.

“Praying Together in Jerusalem,” is made possible through the support of:

Abrahamic Reunion
Elijah Interfaith Institute
Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies
אגודת המפגש הבין דתי Interfaith Encounter Association
Kids4Peace

Praying Together in Jerusalem 2017 Events

  • Thursday, January 26th 4:30pm – Regular Monthly Gathering
  • Sunday, February 19th 4:45-8pm – Praying Together in Jerusalem Conference at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute
  • Thursday, February 23rd 4:45pm – Regular Monthly Gathering
  • Thursday, March 30th 6:15pm – Regular Monthly Gathering
  • Thursday, April 27th 6:30pm – Regular Monthly Gathering
  • Thursday, May 25th  6:45pm – Regular Monthly Gathering (right before Ramadan – May 27, Ascension Day for Christians on May 25th)
  • Thursday, June 29th 7:00pm – Regular Monthly Gathering
  • Thursday, July 27th 7:00pm – Regular Monthly Gathering
  • Thursday, August 31st 6:30pm – Regular Monthly Gathering
  • Thursday, September 28th 6:00pm – Regular Monthly Gathering
  • Thursday, October 26th 5:15pm – Regular Monthly Gathering
  • Thursday, November 30th 4pm – Regular Monthly Gathering
  • Thursday, December 28th 4pm – Regular Monthly Gathering (note: 10th of Tevet Fast)

Thank you for joining us for the October 2016 Gathering

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Praying Together in Jerusalem October 2016 Gathering

As we transition from the Jewish and Muslim New Year, many of us are using this time to pray, to reflect, and to envision a different, better future. On October 27th, we welcome those of the three Abrahamic faiths and all others who wish to pray or meditate together about such a future to join us for a short interfaith prayer in the Old City.

The event will take place as follows:
5:30pm: Meet at the Jaffa Gate of the Old City

5:40pm: Walk as a group to the venue where our prayer will be held

Prayers in three groups: simultaneous prayers will be offered in the three Abrahamic faiths. You are welcome to join any one of the three or to meditate.

Final circle: we will conclude with joint singing and silent meditation.

This event marks the 13th meeting of “Praying Together in Jerusalem,” and celebrates the first year of such interfaith prayers together. It is made possible through the support of:

Abrahamic Reunion
Elijah Interfaith Institute
אגודת המפגש הבין דתי Interfaith Encounter Association
Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies

لنصلي معا في القدس

بانتقالنا لسنة الجديدة معا يهودا واسلاما ، كثير منا يستخدم هذا الوقت للصلاة، لتعكس، وتصور مستقبل أفضل مختلف.

نحن الديانات الإبراهيمية الثلاث،نود الترحيب بجميع الذين يرغبون في الصلاة أو التأمل معا نحو مستقبل افضل، إلى الانضمام إلينا لصلاة قصيرة مشتركة بين الأديان في البلدة القديمة، في 27 أكتوبر.

الفعالية ستكون كما يلي:

5.30 مساء: الملتقى عند باب الخليل في البلدة القديمة

– 5.45 مساء: سنمشي جميعا الى المكان الذي سنقيم فية الصلاة

– الصلاة ستكون بين ثلاث مجموعات: سنقدم ثلاث صلاوات متزامنة إتباعا للديانات الإبراهيمية الثلاث

ويمكنكم إلاختيار بين أي مجموعة او التأمل

فل الختام: سنختتم بأغاني عربية وعبرية لتأمل و تصفية الذهن

– بعد الإنتهاء من البرنامج الرسمي(تقريبا 6.50 مساء): الجميع مدعوون للبقاء بالمكان والاستمتاع بصحبة الاخرين

هذا اللقاء يعد اللقاء الثالث عشرمن”لنصلي معا في القدس” ويحتفل بالسنة الأولى بصلاوات متعددة الأديان ,وقد

أصبح ممكنا من خلال دعم:

الإتحاد الإبراهيمي

معهد إيليا متعدد الأديان
من الحوار إلى الفعل,كيدز فور بيس الدولية
جيروسالم ارت
معهد الطنطور المسكوني
جمعية اللقاء بين الديانات

מתפללים ביחד בירושלים

בתקופה זו אנו נעים מהחגים. רבים מאיתנו מקדישים זמן קדוש זה לתפילה, להתבוננות עצמית, ולשאיפה למצוא עתיד אחר, טוב יותר. ב-27 לאוקטובר, אנו מזמינים את מאמיני שלושת הדתות האברהמיות וכל מי שברצונו לבוא ולהתפלל או לבצע מדיטציה — זה לצד זו, עבור עתיד משותף, להצטרף אלינו לתפילה בין-דתית בעיר העתיקה.

פרטים על האירוע:
17:30 התכנסות בשער יפו, העיר העתיקה.
17:40 הליכה משותפת כקבוצה אל גג בעיר העתיקה של ירושלים שבו תתקיים התפילה המשותפת.
פתיחה ולימוד קצר
תפילה בשלוש קבוצות: תפילה סימולטנית תתאפשר למאמיני שלושת הדתות האברהמיות. אתם מוזמנים להצטרף לכל קבוצה מהשלוש, או לבצע מדיטציית מודעות (Mindfulness).
מעגל סופי: שירת קודש בערבית ובעברית ומדיטציית מודעות ביחד.
אחרי שהאירוע יסתיים באופן רשמי (בערך ב-18:30) אתם/ן מוזמנים/ות להשאר בגג להיכרות מעמיקה יותר ויצירת חברויות.

אירוע זה הינו המפגש ה-13 של “מתפללים ביחד בירושלים” וחוגג שנה של תפילות בין-דתיות ביחד. האירוע התאפשר בזכות תמיכתם של:
איחוד מורשת אברהם
Elijah Interfaith Institute
מדיאלוג לעשייה – Kids4Peace International
אגודת המפגש הבין דתי
ג’רוזלם ארט
Tantur Ecumenical Institute for Theological Studies

Praying together in Jerusalem unites Christians, Muslims and Jews

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Rabbi Nahman of Breslov taught that it is best to pray with the simplicity of a child; talking to God as if He were your best friend.

But what about praying alongside your neighbors as if they were your friends, with the ease of children on the playground? These ideas of simplicity and kinship in prayer are being utilized in Jerusalem on a monthly basis by Praying Together in Jerusalem, a group co-founded by Peta Jones Pellach of the Elijah Interfaith Institute and Russell McDougall, rector at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute.

When asked about the impetus to start Praying Together, Pellach said, “We were having a seminar on envisioning our future last summer, hosted by the Abrahamic Reunion, where many delegates came representing different organizations. We were brainstorming ideas, and it was out of this that Praying Together was born. We came to the conclusion that we really needed to pray side-by-side publicly and visibly.”

Discussions on where the ideal place would be to hold such an interfaith prayer group quickly followed, with a plethora of potential locations. The goal was to find neutral ground. The City Hall was dismissed, and Tzahal Square had military symbolism. Several other Jewish and Muslim venues were considered, but ultimately, Pellach and McDougall settled on the Jaffa Gate as the location for the first gathering in October.

“We chose October to begin the monthly Praying Together events, not knowing that it would be such a violent month. One Muslim did come to that first gathering. We’re now on our sixth meet-up, and on the average, we get about 40 Christians and 20 Jews,” Pellach added.

Muslim participation had been extremely low for the first five events; a fact that was distressing to all who are involved with Praying Together. The initial lack of Muslim attendance may be due to an incident last summer at another interfaith event, The Jerusalem Hug, where Muslim participants were attacked by another group of Muslim radicals, and accused of being “normalizers.”

Eliyahu McLean, founder of the Abrahamic Reunion and member and co-organizer of Praying Together, expounded, “Ever since then, many of our Palestinian friends have been afraid to come to our events in or around the Old City because of these anti-normalization thugs. They could show up at any moment to attack Muslims, simply for praying together for peace with Israeli Jews. They call it ‘normalizing the occupation.’ Obviously we would disagree with what they think we are or are not. The normal reality is fear and separation, so in my mind, we’re anti-normalizers.”

The sixth and most recent Praying Together event, held on May 9, was the first to bring a sizable Muslim attendance. The event was held at Tantur Ecumenical Institute, which served as a safe space for Muslim participants, who came by bus from Nablus, Husan (a village next to Beitar Illit), Jericho, and Beit Hanina in east Jerusalem.

It was a significant improvement upon past events, and no small feat to coordinate, as entry permits had to be secured by McLean for the Palestinian participants and coordinators, a process which takes about two weeks.

Cofounder McDougall stated, “We had a fairly good turnout at the Jaffa Gate gatherings, but at the same time, it hasn’t brought the whole family together; it has been mostly Jews and Christians. We felt the absence of part of our family that’s been missing. Today however, we have representation from all faiths together.”

McLean added, “The challenge now is outreach to Israeli Jews to get them to join these events, and have it not be only liberal Jewish Anglos.

We find that faith and spirituality are the best bridges to bring all of these people together. If we asked these people what their political views are, it would be polarizing. But praying together is simple and we want to honor Judaism, Islam, and Christianity in this way.”

Praying Together events are in three parts: learning from each other in groups, praying alongside one another, and then in the final holy act, eating together. The May 9 event began with Pellach sharing a line from last week’s Torah portion that is also found in the Koran, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Pellach shared that in her mind it was divine providence that the passage had such resonance with Praying Together’s ideology.

Immediately following this introduction, smaller groups were formed and the question “What does prayer mean to you?” went around the different circles. It was a fitting query to segue into a beautiful evening prayer service, where the Christian group, praying from a text compiled specially for the event by McDougall, stood alongside the Jewish group, who recited the afternoon and evening prayers, alongside the Muslim group, who prayed facing Mecca. The room during prayer time was full of different voices and language, each loud enough to be heard, but not overpowering one another; an interfaith symphony.

“Our hope is that the three members of the Abrahamic family can pray alongside one another.” McDougall summarized.

“We, as the children of Abraham, are able to stand beside one another in peace, brotherhood and sisterhood.”

This article first appeared in the Jerusalem Post, on May 19, 2016.