April Dialogue

The JIDS event in April will be held on Sunday April 27th at 2:30 p.m. at the Islamic Center of Maryland, 19411 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg, MD. The topic will be “The Role of Religion in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: Is it Exacerbating the Problem? Or Can it be Part of the Solution?”.

For our dialogue on the 27th, we are honored to have three speakers on our panel: Jonathan Kuttab, Rabbi David Shneyer and Dr. Amin Ezzeddine.

Mr. Kuttab is a Palestinian Christian lawyer who was born in West Jerusalem and who received his J.D. from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Bar Associations in Israel, Palestine, and New York. He is Chairman of the Board of Bethlehem Bible College, and Holy Land Trust. He is active in human rights as a cofounder of Al Haq, the Mandela Institute, and the Palestinian Center for the Study of Nonviolence. Mr. Kuttab lives in Jerusalem and in Bethesda, Maryland.

Reb David Shneyer is the founder and director of Am Kolel, a Jewish community that operates the Sanctuary Retreat Center and sponsors a number of events in our community. He is also the spiritual leader of Kehila Chadasha, another Jewish community in our area. Rabbi Shneyer additionally has founded Yachad, the Jewish Housing Development Corporation, Jews United for Justice, and the Jewish Folk Arts Festival. He is the immediate past president of Ohalah, the Rabbinic Association of Jewish Renewal Rabbis. And as many of you know, he is also an accomplished musician and composer. Finally, Rabbi Shneyer has for years been an active and inspiring voice in both the interfaith and the Middle East peace movements.

Dr. Amin Ezzeddine is an MIT-trained electrical engineer who is also a respected scholar in Islam. He has offered lectures that not only provide the basics of Islam but also discuss the common ground between his own religion and that of Judaism and Christianity. Dr. Ezzeddine is a co-founder of the Islamic Center of Maryland and has served as its Chairman. He has also served on the advisory board of the Maryland Chapter of the Council on Islamic Relations. Dr. Ezzeddine was one of the first individuals to present at a JIDS event, and we are honored to have him as a presenter once again.

Also on April 27th, we will be briefly addressing the topic of whether there should be a JIDS Social Action Committee and, if so, what can we expect to come from this Committee.