Praying Together for Constructive Conflict in Jerusalem – at Tantur – Sunday Feb. 19th 4:45-8pm


Join us for an evening of prayer, conversation and fellowship as we discuss Constructive Conflict according to the different Abrahamic Traditions

Directions to Tantur can be found by clicking here

A meat/parve kosher meal will be provided for the attendees.

Please pre-register to indicate any meal restrictions.

Reflections by Rev. Russell McDougall on Praying Together in Jerusalem after a year and a half

by: Raanan Mallek, PTIJ Project Coordinator, Shalom Crafter Radio Show host

This reflection was compiled from the Shalom Crafters radio show on Microphones for Peace.  The interview took place on Feb. 8th.  Rev. Russell McDougall, CSC (Fr. Russ) was ordained a priest of the Holy Cross in 1991.  He has been rector of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute since 2014. 

The show began with Fr. Russ reflecting on the time that has passed since our first show two years ago with Dr. Marcie Lenk from the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.  I suggested that we look at what progress has taken place in interfaith activism since that time.

Fr. Russ wanted to clarify that he does not consider himself an activist in the plain sense of the word.  He is a Catholic priest and priests in the Christian tradition are supposed to be mediators and reconcilers.  “We are challenged and invited to reconcile people to G-d and hopefully to draw people closer to one another.  And that has been the heart of my work at Tantur which is an academic theological institute that tries to bring people with very different theological convictions together to understand one another and hopefully to build closer bonds of friendship and communion.”

Fr. Russ explained that Tantur’s mission is principally among Christians but interfaith dialogue has been part of the mission from the very beginning.  Were he to consider himself an activist, it would be in the sense of his friend, Dr. Debbie Weissman, the past president of the International Council of Christians and Jews.  Debbie Weissman recently wrote in her Memoires of a Hopeful Pessimist (2017) that she is an activist through dialogue.

Instead of progress, Fr. Russ sees a number of different developments.  He spoke of this year’s successful Christian Unity Week where for nine evenings, Christians of all different traditions gathered for their evening prayer.  There were Roman Catholic, Greek Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Lutherans, Anglicans, Syriac Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox and Ethiopian Orthodox.  The experience of going on pilgrimage from Church to Church each evening and standing before G-d together was a very moving experience for all.

The experience of facing G-d together and standing before G-d in prayer is what has been at the heart of Praying Together in Jerusalem.  Praying Together in Jerusalem is an interfaith initiative that invites Jews, Christians and Muslims to come together to pray their evening prayer alongside one another.  This has been happening on the last Thursday of every month for the past year and a half.

There have been a lot of challenges especially in finding a place where all three faith communities feel comfortable coming to. It was a shock to Fr. Russ to realize how few are the places in and around the Old City where everyone can feel comfortable praying alongside one another.  That being said, the places that we have found allowed for relationship building between all the different types of people.

One place where all three religions do feel comfortable is at the Tantur Ecumenical Institute.  There have been four large interreligious gatherings which allowed for over a hundred and fifty different types of people from all over the Holy Land to come together for an in depth experience of fellowship and communion while studying texts, praying and eating alongside one another.

We are looking forward to the next interfaith encounter this Sunday evening called Praying Together for Constructive Conflict in Jerusalem.  At this encounter, we will explore the values of ‘constructive conflict’, ‘adeb el ikhtilaf’ (ethics of disagreement) and ‘machloket leShem Shamayim’ (disagreement for the sake of Heaven) as described in the different Abrahamic Traditions.

This special event is being held as part of the Dibur Hadash: Week of Constructive Conflict taking place throughout the country and the world between February 19th to the 25th.  The event was sponsored by Dibur Hadash, the Elijah Interfaith Institute, the Tantur Ecumenical Institute, the Abrahamic Reunion.  The event is supported by the following organizations: Microphones for Peace, Rabbis for Human Rights Interfaith Department, Three Faiths Forum, Kids4Peace, Pardes Center for Judaism & Conflict Resolution, Interfaith Encounter Association and Mosaica.



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

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

[Arabic and Hebrew below]

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