Married to Lia and father to Ma'ayan, Ofer and Yehonatan
The Rockwood Leadership Program:
"Art of Leadership" training for non-profit/NGO leaders.
3/95 - 11/02
Hebrew University of Jerusalem:
Ph.D. work on "Development Templates in Rabbi Nachman of Braslav's Stories - a Complex Dynamic Approach",
under the supervision of Prof. Moshe Idel and Prof. Sorin Solomon.
11/97 - 5/98
Organization of "Multidisciplinarity 2020" - a national competition for multidisciplinary Ph.D. students concluded with a conference.
More details: http://complex.fiz.huji.ac.il/~mult2020/
10/89 - 3/93
Hebrew University of Jerusalem:
M.Sc. in Physics under the supervision of Prof. Aron Lewis.
Students Teaching Assistance.
10/86 - 9/89
Hebrew University of Jerusalem:
B.Sc. in Physics.
Studies in Philosophy, Jewish Thought, Mathematics, Computers, Biology and Buddhism.
9/78 - 4/84
"Merkaz Harav" Yeshiva:
Studies in Talmud, Jewish Thought, Bible.
8/12 - present
Membership in the Steering Committee of the Multi-Faith Coalition for Partnering with the United Nations
9/10 - present
Membership of the International Council of the International Association for Religious Freedom
8/09 – present
E-advisor of the The Tony Blair Faith schools programme Face to Faith
8/09 – present
10/08 – present
Senior Advisory fellow for the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy
4/08 – present
Founding Fellow of Global Collaborators' Alliance (formerly The Future Shapers Collaborative)
3/08 – 10/09
Consultant to EUREPA Suisse SA and Saint Nicholas Foundation
5/04 – 2/09
Membership in the Steering Committee for the United Nations Decade of Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation for Peace
8/01 - present
Executive Director of The Interfaith Encounter Association (www.interfaith-encounter.org).
6/02 – 6/07
Regional Coordinator of the Middle East and North Africa Region of the United Religions Initiative (URI).
9/02 – 8/04
Membership in the Council of "Demiurgus Peace International"
6/00 – 6/05
Membership in the Interim and Global Council of the URI.
Co-organizing "The Contemporary Challenges to the Abrahamic Religions", a conference on the Abrahamic Religions, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, organized mainly by Interfidei.
Lecturing in the conference on: "Plurality – a Jewish View".
2/00 - present
Membership in the Standing Committee of "The Trialogue of Cultures" of the Herbert Quandt Foundation
7/96 – 7/00
Membership in the Executive Committee/Board of The International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ).
6/98 – 6/99
Planning, fund-raising and organizing the second annual conference of the Middle East Abrahamic Forum (MEAF).
12/96 - 6/98
Planning, fund-raising and organizing the foundation conference of the Middle East Abrahamic Forum (with Egyptian, Jordanian and Palestinian counterparts).
5/95 – 8/01
General Secretary of The Israel Interfaith Association.
8/93 - 7/95
Membership in the Young Leadership Committee of the ICCJ.
2/91 - present
Various interfaith activities in Israel.
Participation in many international conferences of various contexts.
"2006 Prize for Humanity" by the Immortal Chaplains Foundation (immortalchaplains.org).
Finalist in "The Social Entrepreneurs Israel 2005"competition.
Lectures in international conferences
"Holy Land Peace through Interfaith Encounter – Digital & Human Connections", in the 34th World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom, 24-27 August 2014, Birmingham, UK.
"Peace in the Holy Land. It Can be Done.", keynote speech at the conference "Religious Freedom and Responsibility For Planet and People", organized by International Association for Religious Freedom and World Congress of Faiths, 20-23 August 2013, Horsham, UK
"Shift your paradigm! - A proven approach for achieving peace in the Holy Land", in Limmud Conference, December 21-27 2012, University of Warwick, UK
"Qualities for Productive Encounters Based on the Teachings of Sfat Emet", in Limmud Conference, December 21-27 2012, University of Warwick, UK
"The Dotted Kiss in Parasht Vayishlach - The Power of Encounter", in Limmud Conference, December 21-27 2012, University of Warwick, UK
"Jerusalem-Hebron Religious Leaders Forum", in Regional Conference International Association for Religious Freedom – Europe-Middle-East, July 19-22 2012, Elspeet The Netherlands.
"The Interfaith Encounter Association – Education to Civil Excellence", in: "Excellence in Education 2012:Theory-Research-Practice", July 9-12 2012, Jerusalem Israel.
"Interfaith Encounter Association", in: "Inter-religious and Inter-Cultural Dialogue in a Changing Middle East – Challenges and Opportunities", May 30 2012, Western Galilee College, Akko Israel
"Interfaith Encounter and Peaceful Coexistence in the Holy Land", in: "Second Emory Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding", June 17-19 2011, Emory University, Atlanta GA, USA
"Religion as a Bridge" (in Hebrew), in: "Religious Faith and the Jewish-Arab Conflict", April 13-14 2011, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel.
"Interreligious Grassroots-work in Jerusalem", in: "Jerusalem – Holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims", April 1-3 2011, Lassalle-House, Bad Schönbrunn, Switzerland.
"Interfaith Dialogue for an Open Jerusalem", in "Jerusalem: The Global Challenge", first Annual International Conference, October 14-16 2010, Jerusalem, Israel.
Keynote address in the conference "Religious Narratives on Jerusalem and their Role in Peace Building", organized by The German Development Service (DED), Wasatia, and the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Ramallah (KAS), 20 October 2009, Jerusalem, Israel.
"Politics and Interfaith Encounter in the Holy Land", in: Euro-Mediterranean Meeting on Religious Diversity Management, 15-17 December 2008, Barcelona, Spain.
"The Contribution of Interfaith Dialogue to the Resolution of Political Conflicts"(in Hebrew), In: Forum of Interfaith Dialogue Leaders, 24 June 2008, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel.
"Citizens Building Community - The Story of the Interfaith Encounter
Association" & "Jewish Attitude Towards Islam and Christianity", in: Limmud Conference, 21-27 December 2007, University of Warwick, UK
"Religion as a Reform Mechanism", in: Religions and Reforms – International Conference Under the Patronage of HRH Prince El Hassan Bin Talal, 29-30 January 2007, Dead Sea, Jordan.
"Interreligious Prevention and Mediation of Conflicts in Urban Areas – the Interfaith Encounter Association", in: "Congress on Religions and cultural Diversity: Mediation towards Social Cohesion", 18-20 December 2006, Barcelona, Spain.
"Religion: Not the problem of the Middle East but may be a solution", in: "International Conference on Education for Peace & Democracy", 19-23 November 2006, Antalya, Turkey.
"The Interfaith Encounter Association", in Sabanci University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Department of Conflict Analysis and Resolution; 20 November 2006, Istanbul, Turkey.
"The Interfaith Encounter Approach", in "Making Visions come true" – the IX. Nuerenberger Forum, 26-29 September 2006, Nuerenberg, Germany.
"The Role of Religion for World Peace and Sustainability - The Interfaith Encounter Approach", in: "International Forum on Religion and Peace", June 9-10, 2006, Seoul, Korea.
"The Role of Religion for World Peace and Sustainability in the 21st Century", in: "2006 World Religious Leaders' Conference", June 8-14, 2006, Seoul, Korea.
"Building Human Peace through Interfaith Dialogue" – in "Religion and State" and "Media" seminars at the School of Law in Tel Aviv University, 9 December 2003 and 5 January 2005.
"Spirituality of Life and Human Dignity - Religious resources to overcome violence", in: World Social Forum, January 16-22, 2004, Mumbai, India.
"Self-education for Peace Through Interfaith Dialogue", in "Alternative peace Education in a Violent Conflict" – Annual conference of the peace Education Forum, The Truman Institute – the Hebrew university of Jerusalem, 21-22 October 2003.
"The Human Globalization: A View from the Holy Land", in "An inter-faith Perspective on Globalisation" – International Conference in the Summer School of Plater College, Oxford UK, July 2002.
"What are Stories Made of? A Mechanical Analysis of Texts", in the Thirteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, August 2001.
"Plurality – a Jewish View", in: "The Contemporary Challenges to the Abrahamic Religions", conference on the Abrahamic Religions, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, August 2000.
"The Struggle for Peace in Israel" in the 30th World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom (IARF), Vancouver, August 1999.
Numerous lectures, in Israel and abroad, on the theory and practice of the work of the Interfaith Encounter Association.
"Peace in the Holy Land. It Can be Done.", in "Religious Freedom and Responsibility For Planet and People" Conference Book, Co-Editors: Richard F. Boeke and Patrick Wynne-Jones, p. 11-16, London 2013
"Interfaith Encounter Association: Harmony among Jews and Palestinians", in "The ABC of Harmony", Editor: Leo Semashko, p. 150-151, New Delhi 2012.
"Parasjat Wajelech (Deuteronomium 31:1-20)" (translated from English into Dutch), in Nes Amim International Magazine, Num. 3, 2010
"Jewish Religious Narratives on Jerusalem and Their Role in Peace Building", in "Religious Narratives on Jerusalem and Their Role in Peace Building", p. 51-61, Proceedings of an interreligious conference held October 20th, 2009 in Jerusalem, Editor: Konstanze von Gehlen.
"Uns objectuis assolibles" (translated from English into Catalan), in"Religions I Objectius Del Millenni", p. 148-149, Centre UNESCO de Catalunya – UNESCOCAT, December 2009
"The Contribution of Interfaith Dialogue to the Resolution of Political Conflicts" (in Hebrew), In: Shtern, S. (Ed.) "Forum of Interfaith Dialogue Leaders", Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, 2009.
"Construir la pau a Terra Santa" (translated from English into Catalan), Dialogal – Quaderns de I'Associacio UNESCO per al Dialeg Interreligios, Tardor 2008 – Num. 27, Barcelona.
"The Interfaith Encounter Approach to Peace Education in Israel", in: "Visionen wahr machen", proceedings of the 2006 Nurenberg Forum, Editor: Johannes Lahrmann, Hamburg-Schenefeid, Germany, 2007.
"Interfaith in Action", in: "A Global Guide to Interfaith: Reflections from around the world", Editors: Sandy & Jael Bharat, O Books, Oxford, United Kingdom, May 2007.
"Believe it can happen: the Interfaith Encounter approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict", In Kuriansky, J. (Ed.) "Beyond Bullets and Bombs: Grassroots Peacebuilding between Israelis and Palestinians", Westport, Connecticut: Praeger Press, August 2007.
"Cross Religious Approaches Amidst the Conflicts", in "Religionen im Gesprach, Rig 9: Europe in the Orient – the Orient in Europe", Editors: Reinhard Kirste, Paul Schwarzenau & Udo Tworuschka, Balve, Germany, 2006.
"The Role of Religion for World Peace and Sustainability - The Interfaith Encounter Approach", in: "World Peace and Religious Harmonization, Manhae Foundation, Seoul Korea, June 2006.
"The Role of Religion for World Peace and Sustainability in the 21st Century", in: "Harmony-Peace-Sustainability – 2006 World Religious Leaders' Conference", Manhae Foundation, Seoul Korea, June 2006.
"IEA and the Way to Peace", Weekly Blitz, Vol. 1 issue 15, Dhaka, Bangladesh, January 2006.
"Interfaith Encounter in the Service of Peace", in:Peace, Literature, and Art, ed. Prof. Ada Aharoni, November 2005 in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Developed under the Auspices of the UNESCO, Eolss Publishers, Oxford ,UK, [http://www.eolss.net].
"Building Human Peace through Interactive Interfaith Dialogue", Christians Aware, Winter 2005.
"What are Stories Made of? A Mechanical Analysis of Texts", Proceedings of the Thirteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, January 2003.
"Plurality – a Jewish View", in: "Commitment of Faiths: Identity, Plurality and Gender", Institute of Dian/Interfidei, Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2002.
"Dialogo Sulla Frontiera", Confronti, 7/8 (2000) 14, Rome, Italy.
"The Struggle for Peace in Israel", in: "Creating an Earth Community: A Religious Imperative", Proceedings of the 30th World Congress of the International Association for Religious Freedom, IARF (2000).
"What Are Stories Made Of? - Quantitative Categorical Deconstruction of Creation", International Journal of Modern Physics C, Vol. 11 No. 4 (2000) 827.
"Being an Israeli", Materialdienst, No. 2 (1998) 10.
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