Welcome!

2014 Interreligious Studies Conference

logoJoin our diverse community for an Inaugural Southern California Interreligious Conference on Monday, February 24th and Tuesday, February 25th, 2014. We will share time, space, blessings and
 new understandings around the theme of movement and transformation. Together we will reflect on what matters most in sustaining our inherited traditions amidst flux, cross-pollination and adaptation.

For two special days in Los Angeles and Claremont we will be highlighting the work and interests of our own faculty and students, along with special guests. We will engage in multiple dimensions of learning through the senses, experience the enduring power of creativity, and absorb the latest scholarship. Roundtable discussions, interactive exercises, spiritual expressions and camaraderie will provide an energizing and uplifting community experience.

Welcome Message from the AJRCA President

pic_frankielI want to welcome personally all of you who are interested in the progress of interfaith conversations in the greater Los Angeles area.  This conference, Transporting Our Traditions: The Heart of Humanity in Motion, is the culmination of three years of work among faculty, students and administration of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, the Claremont School of Theology, and Bayan Claremont, all of whom are also founding partners of Claremont Lincoln University. Other associates have joined us along the way, including constituencies from the University of the West and the Jain Center.

Our work was made possible through the generosity of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, who awarded AJRCA a Cutting Edge Grant, 2011-2014.  Faculty members have been studying together, students have been working on projects, and all of us have been gathering in both social and academic endeavors.  You will see the results in the mutual good will, creativity, and inspiration exemplified throughout the events of the conference.

When we come together in this way, the future looks very bright.  I hope you will join us in the future as well, studying and supporting both the educational institutions who are pioneering this work, and the religious leaders who emerge from them.

We also welcome feedback from all who attend.  Please let us hear from you.

Tamar Frankiel, Ph.D.

Day One – in Los Angeles

  • The historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple
  • The Academy for Jewish Religion California (new campus)

Day Two – in Claremont

  • Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden
  • Claremont School of Theology

This unique event has been made possible through a “Cutting Edge Grant” from
the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and the support of
Claremont Lincoln University’s founding partners:

The Academy for Jewish Religion California,
Bayan Claremont,
Claremont School of Theology
along with associate programs from the Dharmic Traditions,
The Center for Jain and Sikh Studies, The University of the West.

Register Now

Attendance is free for current students, faculty and staff of AJRCA, Claremont School of Theology, Bayan Claremont, Claremont Lincoln University, the University of the West, and the Center for Jain and Sikh Studies. You can register for both days or either day on the Registration form. All other attendees, including alumni, are requested to obtain tickets after completing the registration/RSVP step. Alumni may pay a discounted rate of 50% off the ticket price.

Steering Committee (in alphabetical order)

  • Lea Appleton
  • Judy Aronson
  • Monica Baltazar
  • Tamar Frankiel
  • Sheryl Kujawa- Holbrook
  • Martha Lipscomb
  • Munir Shaikh
  • Mindie Jo Snyder
  • Bhikshuni Lozang Trinlae
  • Jihad Turk

Administrative Support:
Lauren Goldner, Beth Kaiser, Reesa Rotman