We offer educational programs for colleges, universities, student groups, congregations, and other religious organizations. They are designed to foster increased understanding between Jews, Christians, and Muslims, to reduce misconceptions, and to promote mutual respect and appreciation. Each program places a strong emphasis on experiential learning through personal encounters and open exchange between all participants. The guiding principle is to encounter the religious ‘other’ in a spirit of hospitality with both honesty and intellectual humility.
We offer college courses on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, as interrelated religious traditions. Courses are designed to introduce students from diverse academic disciplines as well as cultural and religious backgrounds to an analysis of the complex interrelatedness of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The courses present Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as living traditions whose historical origins, current interactions, and future development will continue to shape the spiritual, cultural, political, and economic aspects of human civilization in the 21st century.
Dr. Reinhard Krauss, our Executive Director, has extensive experience in teaching these courses in diverse academic settings, including at UCLA, Bayan Claremont Islamic Graduate School, and the New Theological Seminary of the West.
For more information or to discuss hosting a course at your institution, contact us here.
Trialogue Panel Discussions
One of our key educational offerings are Trialogue panel discussions with leading scholars and recognized leaders of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. These forums provide an in-depth exploration of a topic of common concern to the three religious traditions. For more information or to schedule a Trialogue, contact us here.
Annual Student Essay Competition
Abraham Connection Student Essay Prize
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are three major world religions whose lineage, historical encounters and contemporary interactions are closely intertwined. In order to promote a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of these three major religious traditions and to recognize and promote undergraduate research in Religious Studies, the Academy for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies has established the Annual Abraham Connection Essay Prize.
The Academy invites submission of undergraduate student research papers which focus on a comparative analysis of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Paper topics relating to all three religions are especially encouraged. Essays which engage with at least two of the three religious traditions will also be considered.
Essays may approach their respective subject within a historical, philosophical, cultural, psychological, political, or any other recognized academic framework. Papers investigating their topic from a multi-disciplinary perspective are especially welcomed.
Essays must conform to established academic research methods, such as documentation with sources from scholarly monographs or peer reviewed journals. The length of the paper is to be 8-10 pages, (double spaced, not including title page and bibliography) and must also include an abstract (max. 100 words).
1st place $ 500
2nd place $ 300
3rd place $ 200
The Abraham Connection Student Essay Prize Competition is made possible by a grant from the University Religious Conference at UCLA
Film Screenings with Discussion
Film is an excellent medium to introduce historical and contemporary encounters between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in a compelling and thought-provoking way. Our carefully curated selection of documentaries will engage the audience and provide food for thought for the facilitated group discussion following the screening. For more details or to schedule a screening, contact us here.
Joint study in a diverse group setting is one of the most effective ways of exploring new facts and ideas, build relationships, and grapple with multiple perspectives in order to develop a well-informed view on a given topic. We offer facilitated group studies for student groups, congregations, and other organizations. They vary in length from a single session to multi-week series. Depending on the participants, the content can have a scriptural or a topical focus. In addition to the following topics, we are happy to develop a custom designed study session or course for your particular group.
- Abraham in the Bible and in the Quran: Similarities, Differences, and Lessons for Today
- Religious Conflict: Roots and Remedies (Case Studies of the Crusades and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict)
- Inter-religious Bridgebuilders (Case Studies of Inter-religious Education Projects and Daniel Barenboim’s West-East Divan Orchestra)
- Towards Interfaith Hospitality: Proposals for Constructive Mutual Engagement between Jews, Christians, and Muslims