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In New Podcast Episode, Rabbi and Imam Discuss Bridge-Building

In New Podcast Episode, Rabbi and Imam Discuss Bridge-Building

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On Beinghosted by award-winning broadcaster and New York Times best-selling author Krista Tippett, airs on more than 400 public radio stations across the U.S. Initially called Speaking on Faith, the weekly podcast aims to "[open] up the animating questions at the center of human life: What does it mean to be human, and how do we want to live?"

At the Union for Reform Judaism's Biennial convention in December 2017, Tippett took On Being on the road, recording an episode in front of a live audience of conference attendees. Her guests were Rabbi Sarah Bassin and Imam Abdullah Antepli, who discussed their pioneering work in building bridges of understanding between Muslims and Jews. 

Rabbi Bassin serves Temple Emanuel in Beverly Hills, CA, and she was the first executive director of NewGround in Los Angeles, a Muslim-Jewish partnership for change. Imam Antepli was the first Muslim chaplain at Duke University, where he now serves as the chief representative of Muslim affairs and as an adjunct professor of Islamic studies. He is also the co-creator and co-leader of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Muslim Leadership Initiative.

The episode's description is as follows:

The tensions of our time are well-known. But there are stories that are not being told, because they are not violent and not shouting to be heard. One of them is that all over this country, synagogues and mosques, Muslims and Jews, have been coming to know one another. There is friendship. There are initiatives that are patiently, and at human scale, planting the seeds for new realities across generational time. As part of the Civil Conversations Project, a live conversation at the Union for Reform Judaism’s General Assembly in Boston between Imam Abdullah Antepli and Rabbi Sarah Bassin.

Listen to the episode below, on On Being's website, or wherever you get your podcast fix. You can also read a full transcript of the episode

On Being is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX).

Kate (Bigam) Kaput is the digital communications manager for the Union for Reform Judaism, serving as a content manager and editor for She is a proud alumna of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Eisendrath Legislative Assistant fellowship and also served as the RAC's press secretary. A native Ohioan, Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and holds a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University. She lives in Cleveland with her husband, Mike. 

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