We open this issue of JIRS with an essay by Rabbi Or Rose of Hebrew College about the need for interreligious education in Rabbinical Schools. In arguing his case, Rose discusses the pedagogic foundations of this work and offers several brief curricular suggestions. In response to Rose’s essay, his co-directors at the Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE, a joint venture of HC and Andover Newton Theological School), Dr. Jennifer Howe Peace and Celene Ibrahim-Lizzio, offer reflections on related dimensions of interreligious leadership in general, and for the Christian and Muslim communities specifically.
In an effort to extend the conversation about rabbinic education specifically, Rabbi Nancy Fuchs Kreimer of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College shares her thoughts on Rose’s piece, anchoring it in her many years of pioneering work implementing such programming at the RRC. Rounding out this forum is a response co-written by Rabbi Yehuda Sarna and Yael Shy about how the pedagogic elements discussed by Rose relate to their experience working on interreligious leadership education with undergraduates at New York University’s Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership.
In crafting this special section, we hope to engender further conversation about the nature of interreligious leadership as it emerges as a distinct vocational path and a subject of scholarly discussion.