Thursday, March 17, 2016, 9:30 – 11:30 AM,
Congregation Rodeph Shalom, 615 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123.
Imam Antlepi spoke about his experiences with Muslim – Jewish dialogue in the US and Israel. Our hope is that this program will lead toward increased efforts to build relationships with our Muslim colleagues in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Imam Abdullah Antepli is a senior fellow on Jewish-Muslim Relations at the Hartman Institute (Jerusalem) and Co-Director of the Muslim Leadership Initiative (MLI) since 2013. The MLI invites North American Muslims to study in Israel and seeks to expand participants’ critical understanding of the complex religious, political, and socioeconomic issues facing people in Israel and Palestine. This is achieved through a rigorous academic curriculum and exposure to diverse narratives.
Imam Abdullah is also the founder and executive board member of the Muslim Chaplains Association and a member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains. He recently served as Chief Representative of Muslim Affairs at Duke University and is an Adjunct Faculty of Islamic Studies. In his current work at Duke, Imam Abdullah engages students, faculty, and staff across campus through seminars, panels, and other avenues to provide a Muslim voice and perspective to the discussions of faith, spirituality, social justice, and more.
From 1996-2003 Antlepi worked on a variety of faith-based humanitarian and relief projects in Myanmar (Burma) and Malaysia with the Association of Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries. From 2003 to 2005, he served as the first Muslim chaplain at Wesleyan University. He then moved to Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, where he was the associate director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program & Interfaith Relations, as well as an adjunct faculty member.