Religion and Violence

Roots and Remedies in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam


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


Rabbi Aaron Lerner
Executive Director, Hillel Center for Jewish Life at UCLA
Scott Bartchy, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Early Christian History, UCLA
Edina Lekovic
Producer and Host, Meeting the Moment Podcast

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 March 27, 2019.

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

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


Wednesday, February 20, 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

All religions claim to promote peace yet religious violence has unleashed rivers of blood throughout history. What accounts for this seeming contradiction? The panel will address this crucial question and identify resources in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam for mitigating conflict and helping to ensure a more peaceful future for humanity.

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