Resources for Interfaith Dialogue

Sharing the Well: A Resource Guide for Jewish-Muslim Engagement

A project of The Jewish Theological Seminary, Hartford Seminary, and The Islamic Society of North 
Editors: Kim Zeitman and Dr. Mohamed Elsanousi
SHARING THE WELL: A RESOURCE GUIDE FOR JEWISH MUSLIM ENGAGEMENT,is designed to assist and enhance Jewish-Muslim interactions at the community level. It includes a guide to dialogue, eighteen articles by Jewish and Muslim leaders on topics such as Caring for Others, Family and Heritage, and Religious life; questions for discussion; a sampling of 24 successful Jewish-Muslim engagement programs from across America; and a glossary of Jewish and Muslim terms. The book is available in hard-copy and for free PDF download HERE at as well as on the Hartford Seminary website.

Children of Abraham: Jews and Muslims in Conversation

Children of Abraham: Jews and Muslims in Conversation is an interfaith dialogue program jointly organized and facilitated by the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).  In 2007, the organizations partnered to create a methodology and handbook expressly for Jewish-Muslim dialogue, providing a roadmap for the groups to engage with one another and explore the commonalities in their spirituality and practice.  The guide is intended to be a starting point for those who have minimal, if any, experience with interfaith dialogue, and its 11 chapters discuss issues such as zakat and tzeadakah, the Qu’ran and the Torah, and avodah and salat, highlighting important aspects of both religions.

Our Better Angels: Resources for the Commemoration of the Anniversary of 9/11

The Jewish Theological Seminary and Union Theological Seminary cosponsored three evenings of learning and music at St. Paul’s Chapel (right next to Ground Zero) in New York City on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Each evening explored Jewish, Christian, and Muslim traditions on Tragedy, Mourning, and Healing, respectively. Each event was concluded by a live musical performance.  This webpage features videos, texts, and teachings from each tradition.

Standing Together

Standing Together is a series of study guides on Islam and Christianity that were developed by the Christian-Muslim Consultative Group (CMCG) of Southern California.  It is available upon request.
Standing Together was created in 2008 in order to: 1) bring Muslim and Christian neighbors together to come to know one another as people and break down the dehumanizing stereotypes that keep us apart and fearful of one another; 2) create opportunities for faithful Muslims and Christians to engage with one another about beliefs and practices; and 3) lay the foundation for possible future projects that your group might choose to do together to enhance the well-being of all your members and communities.

Unitarian Universalists and Islam

This interfaith dialogue and reading group guide was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA)  in October 2008, to encourage Unitarian Universalists to participate in interfaith dialogue with Muslims.  Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion with Jewish-Christian roots. It has no creed and affirms the worth of human beings, advocates freedom of belief and the search for advancing truth, and tries to provide a warm, open, supportive community for people who believe that ethical living is the supreme witness of religion.  It is a member ofShoulder-to-Shoulder: Standing with American Muslims; Upholding American Values.

Resources for Interfaith Action

Grounded in Faith: Resources on Mental Health and Gun Violence

ISNA is a member of the Steering Committee of the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition (IDAC), a project of theAmerican Association for People with Disabilities (AAPD). After the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, CT, there was a lot of discussion in the media, online, and in our local communities about the relationship between mental illness and violence, particularly mass violence.  In an effort to respond to these concerns and to make a positive contribution to the conversation, IDAC formed a special committee for an ongoing dialogue on issues of mental health and gun violence, leading to the publication of this report in April 2013.