Regions international course 2019

Religions and Interreligious Dialogue in the Galilee

 29 July-2 August 2019

Location: Tel-Hai College, Upper Galilee, Israel

Application deadline: May 19, 2019


Dr. Yael Kedar

Dr. Yael Kedar specializes in the history of science, particularly in medieval science and philosophy. She has written on Robert Grosseteste, Roger Bacon, and Albert the Great’s optics and metaphysics of light, often related to issues of Christian theology. During the last three years, she has been engaged in an Israel Science Foundation project on the origin and development of the concept of laws of nature from the thirteenth century to Newton. Her upcoming project concerns the link between the idea of scientific progress and Christian Apocalyptic and millennial conceptions. She is teaching courses on the philosophy of religion, metaphysics and inter-religious dialogue.

        Dr. Sophia Katz Dr. Sophia Katz, director of Tel-Hai CSR, specializes in Chinese philosophy and literature. Her research interests include 11th to 17th century Confucian thought and comparative philosophy, theology and religion. She is especially interested in the comparison of ideas found in the writings of Chinese thinkers with the ideas of religious thinkers of other cultural backgrounds. Currently, she is studying the influence of Martin Buber’s engagement with Chinese thought upon his philosophy of encounter.
     Prof. (Emeritus) Haim Goren  Prof. (Emeritus) Haim Goren is a specialist in the 19th century historical geography of Palestine and the Near East. His research interests include Holy Land pilgrim's and traveler's literature, European activity in Ottoman Palestine and the Near East, and the history of the modern scientific study of these regions. His current research focuses on historical geography and cartography.
     Dr. Tamar Arieli   Dr. Tamar Arieli teaches and studies the phenomenon of conflict and its management. Her specific focus is on space and borders and their  significance in multiple realms of politics, philosophy and religion to group identity and to prospects of cross-border interaction and cooperation. Tamar studied history, geography and regional planning at Hebrew University, and conflict management at Bar Ilan University.
    Dr. Oded Abt   Dr. Oded Abt is a faculty member in the East Asian Department of Tel Hai College, specializing in Chinese social and religious history. He is currently working on a monograph entitled Muslim Memories and Chinese Identity in Southeast China and Taiwan. The project is based on anthropological and historical research into the ethnic and religious heritage of descendants of Muslims in Southeast China, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Zevic Mishor  

Zevic Mishor was born and grew up in Australia, before moving back home to Israel a few years ago. He began his academic journey in neuroscience and then continued to anthropology, doing his ethnographic research with a Chasidic Jewish community, in the city of Safed in the Galilee region of Israel. Zevic has a keen interest in religion, philosophy, pharmacology and non-ordinary states of consciousness, and in the integration of different academic disciplines in order to understand the human saga as a whole.

Dr. Golan Ben-Chorin  

With degrees from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and The Jewish Theological Seminary of New York, the doctoral work of Golan Ben-Chorin Ed.D. is founded on twenty-five years of experience in the fields of Jewish education and dialogue of communities of faith. Spanning five continents and informed by both the formal and informal academic disciplines of education, his work has included teaching at Brandies University, a research fellowship at The Center for Jewish Education in The Diaspora at Haifa University and speaking engagements at international conferences around the world. Receiving his Rabbinical ordination in 2007 from the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Rabbi Ben-Chorin Ed.D. has created and taught a variety of courses on pluralistic Jewish education and founded HaiFIC – The Haifa Forum for Interfaith Cooperation.

Course Overview: Religions and Interreligious Dialogue in the Galilee is a theoretical and experiential course designed to give students a deeper understanding of the historical, political, and religious background of Galilee communities, and to experience interreligious dialogue. The course takes advantage of our unique setting to supplement lectures and panel discussions with on-site learning, meeting with leaders and exploring  religious sites of the diverse Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Druze communities. The course will focus on conflict resolution and interreligious dialogue from religious leaders and activists for whom these challenges are part of their daily life.

Schedule (*subject to changes)

July 29 (Monday):

Galilee: Region and Religions

Holy Spaces: Shared and Contested – the Galilee as a Case study

Judaism and Jewish Communities in the Galilee

Tour of Safed Synagogues

Meeting with a local Jewish Religious Community

July 30 (Tuesday):

Muslim Communities in the Galilee

Christian Communities in the Galilee

Religious Conflicts: Characteristics and Methods of Conflict Resolution

Principles of Interreligious Dialogue

The Other and Otherness – Philosophical Reflections

 Interfaith Session

July 31 (Wednesday):

Tour of Christian Sites of the Sea of Galilee

August 1 (Thursday):

Challenges of Living Together: Interreligious Encounters in the Galilee

Visit to Muslim and Druze communities

(including introduction to political and social issues of the Druze communities in Israel).

August 2 (Friday):

Perspectives on Religions in the Galilee: Roundtable


  Application Fee (non refundable)   $20 USD
  Students   $450 USD
  Industry / Other   $900 USD


  213/362 NIS

 *we have reserved a limited number of rooms at Travel hotelin Metula (price per person,per night. double occupancy or single occupancy, including breakfast)

Cancellation policy:

Cancellation of participation up to one month prior to the first day of the workshop – 100% refund, (less bank transfer/credit card fees and application fees)

Cancellation of participation up to two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop – 70% refund (less bank transfer/credit card fees and application fees)

Cancellation of participation less than two weeks prior to the first day of the workshop – no refund.


The course is open to a limited number of participants. Graduate students, postdocs and research scientists from institutions of higher education of all nationalities are welcome to attend. * The course will be taught in English.

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