College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center To Sponsor Summer Conference for Emerging and Aspiring Religious Educators

In partnership with the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center is hosting a summer conference for religious educators, June 24-27, 2012.

In partnership with the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center, Manhattan College’s Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center is hosting a summer conference for religious educators, June 24-27, 2012. The conference will be held at the Retreat Center in Falls Village, Conn.

Aspiring and emerging religious educators  Christian, Jewish and Muslim  are invited to apply to participate in a revolutionary conference to ask the vital question, “what will we teach our children about each other?” Through the support of generous donors, including Common Sense Fund; Ken (a member of Manhattan’s board of trustees) and Helene Orce; Michael Somoroff, artist and producer; the American Jewish Committee; the Anti-Defamation League; and the New Light Foundation; the conference will be free to attend.

Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., the new director of the Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center and a scholar in Muslim identity and Jewish relations, stresses the value of teaching the next generation lessons in interreligious respect and understanding. 

“This will be a unique opportunity to allow future religious leaders to come together, and begin to engage in real hands-on collaborative work in creating new models for religious education,” Afridi said.

In addition to fostering relationships between future religious educators, the conference aims to examine current practices in religious education that creates narratives of suspicion and misunderstanding. This examination will also explore potential practices that would build a new narrative promoting respect, understanding and cooperation.

“We are excited not only to be able to offer such a groundbreaking event but to be able to offer it in a way that removes the financial obstacle that could prevent some young emerging religious educators from attending,” said David Weisberg, executive director of the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center.

According to Weisberg, potential participants range from those engaged in university studies leading to a career in religious education to those actively working as religious educators, whether in religious, secular private, public schools or other venues. While the conference aims to engage aspiring and emerging educators, there is no age restriction for applicants.

For more information, please contact Afridi by phone at (718) 862-7284 or email at mehnaz.afridi@manhattan.edu or David Weisberg by phone at (860) 824-5991 x 305 or email at david@isabellafreedman.org

If interested in applying for the conference, visit www.isabellafreedman.org/interfaitheducators or call (860) 824-5991 x 305.