Event Type: Community
Rabbi Daniel Roth, Director of The Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, joins Rev. Dr. Mae Cannon and Aziz Abu Sarah to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Our diverse heritages provoke a desire for peace and justice in the Holy Land, the birthplace of our faiths. For many, a neglected element of our faith is understanding the role we can play in hosting dialogues about disagreements and becoming peacemakers and reconcilers in the midst of conflict. We believe we can bring hope to broken communities throughout the world - even to Israel and Palestine.
During this gathering, you will hear more about the work being done in Palestine, Israel, and the United States to help achieve peace and justice in the Holy Land. We invite you to join these efforts as we work together to better understand the realities affecting both Israelis and Palestinians and how people of faith in the United States can play a positive role in pursuing peace.
Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth is the director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution. He holds a Ph.D. from Bar Ilan University's Program for Conflict Resolution, Management and Negotiation writing on Jewish models of conflict resolution, peacemaking, and reconciliation. Daniel has been teaching advanced rabbinics, Bible, conflict resolution and other subjects at Pardes for over ten years. He is also a lecturer at Bar Ilan's Program for Conflict Resolution, a senior research fellow at George Mason University's Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution and an Israeli certified court mediator. He holds an MA in Talmud from Hebrew University, a B.Ed in Jewish Philosophy and Talmud from Herzog Teachers' College, and studied for eight years in Yeshivat Har-Etzion, during which time he received rabbinic ordination. Daniel is married with four children and lives in Jerusalem.
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP). Cannon has several masters degrees and earned her doctorate in American History with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the University of California – Davis, focusing her dissertation on the history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Her several publications about the conflict include the upcoming volume A Land Full of God: Christian Perspectives toward the Holy Land (Cascade, 2017). She is the author of the award-winning Social Justice Handbook (IVP) and other books on spirituality and justice.
Aziz Abu Sarah is an entrepreneur, speaker, peace builder and author. He is a National Geographic Explorer and a TED Fellow. In 2009, Aziz co-founded MEJDI Tours, a cultural exploration vehicle for an ever-changing travel market. He is a seasoned tourism professional with over a decade of experience in the industry. In 2014, he gave a TED Talk about his vision for redefining tourism. You can view the talk here. Aziz has spoken at countless of international organizations and universities, including The United Nations, Nexus, TED, BMW, European Parliament, Georgetown, Yale, and Harvard. He has published articles in The New York Times, National Geographic, TED, Haaretz, the Jerusalem Post and others and regularly analysis for CNN, Fox, and Aljazeera among others. Aziz is the recipient of the Goldberg Prize for Peace in the Middle East from the Institute of International Education, the European Parliament’s Silver Rose Award, the Eisenhower Medallion, and the Eliav-Sartawi Award for his Middle Eastern Journalism. He was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the World by the Royal Strategic Centre in Jordan for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. He won the Intercultural innovation award from the UN Alliance of Civilizations and the BMW Group. He was also recognized by UNSG Ban Ki Moon for his work in peacebuilding.