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Rabbi Alon Goshen-Gottstein

Rabbi Dr. Alon Goshen-Gottstein is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading figures in interreligious dialogue. He is founder and director of the Elijah Interfaith Institute since 1997. His work bridges the theological and academic dimension with a variety of practical initiatives, especially involving world religious leadership. Under his direction, the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders has become a voice in important international settings, bringing a message of friendship and wisdom.  Of note are the Friendship Across Religions Initiative ( and the recently held Climate Repentance initiative (, both of which will be featured at the parliament. In addition to his work with the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, Goshen-Gottstein is also a noted theologian, specializing in theology of religions. His two most recent publications, published within the past couple of months are Idolatry: A Contemporary Jewish Conversation (Boston, Academic Studies Press) and Covenant and World Religions: Irving Greenberg, Jonathan Sacks and the Quest for Orthodox Pluralism (Liverpool University Press).

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