Tuesday May 19, 2015 – 6:30pm at Istanbul Cultural Center at Jacksonville


Rabbi Joshua Lief, The Temple Congregation Ahavath Chesed
Rev.Dr. Nicholas Louh, St.John The Divine Greek Orthodox Church
Dr. Parvez Ahmed, University of North Florida

Abraham is considered the father of the three monotheistic faiths in the world, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In the spirit of dialogue and in honor Abraham, the Atlantic Institute regularly hosts a panel program that brings community leaders and clergy from the three Abrahamic faiths to engage in a dialogue about the commonalities of and common issues concerning the Abrahamic communities over delicious food.

The Second Annual Table of Abraham organized by Atlantic Institute- Jacksonville on May 19th, 2015. The mission of this event is to bring the believers of the Abrahamic traditions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam, together to strengthen the dialogue and friendship and to celebrate their shared history, values and traditions.

This event catered to about 70 distinguished guests from The Temple – Congregation Ahavath Chesed, St.John the Divine – Greek Orthodox Church, Riverside Presbyterian Church, Istanbul Cultural Center and Muslim community in Jacksonville. Hence, the event served as a “melting pot” between Judaism, Christianity and Islamic traditions in Jacksonville.

Rabbi Joshua Lief from Temple, Rev. Nichoulas Louh from St.John the Divine and Dr. Parvez Ahmed from UNF were our panelists. The topic of the evening was Family values in Abrahamic Traditions. Each of the panelists had explained the place of families in their traditions.

After panelists concluded their speeches,guests in each table were engaged in discussion with each other. They had a chance to explore and learn more about each others’ faiths and traditions.

This event acknowledges the demand and importance for interfaith dialogue and the positive role it plays in society. Although this event represents Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, all religions are welcome to the table.

This program was free, open to public and organized by the Atlantic Institute.