Is Life Sacred?

Jewish, Christian and Muslim Views on Medical Ethics, Abortion, and End of Life Issues.


Reinhard Krauss, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Academy for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies


Rabbi Elliot Dorff, Ph.D.
Rector, American Jewish University
Thyra Endicott, M.D.
Radiation Oncologist, Torrance Memorial Medical Center
Sana Khan, M.D., Ph.D.
Founder and Chairman, AiM Radiology Medical Group

This panel discussion is the second in a three-part series of inter-religious trialogues presented by the Academy for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies and hosted by American Jewish University. The final forum is scheduled for January 22, 2020

In each of the forums, we talk about religion – openly, candidly, and respectfully. Knowledgeable representatives of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are sharing their views on topics of crucial importance to each religious tradition. The forums afford an inside glimpse into each of the three religions, highlighting both similarities and differences.

Following each panel, audience members are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the search for deeper understanding and practical solutions.


Wednesday, December 11, 2019
7:30 – 9:00 PM


American Jewish University
Whizin Center for Continuing Education

Shapiro Synagogue

Familian Campus
15600 Mulholland Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90077

In the Declaration of Independence, the United States enshrined life as one of the inalienable rights of each citizen. This foundational right is deeply rooted in the conviction common to Jews, Christians, and Muslims that human life is a divine gift and therefore sacred. Each of the three traditions offers distinct perspectives of how this common conviction of the sanctity of life is to be applied in a spiritually and ethically responsible way.

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