Provocative Interfaith Program Looks at the Divisive Issues Splitting Our Faiths and Our Country

May 25, 2007

Source: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership

Based on the resounding success of last season’s Building Bridges: Abrahamic Perspectives on the World Today, a first-ever program conceived by a rabbi, Brad Hirschfield, for Bridges TV-American Muslim TV, a new series has been developed to begin airing on Tuesdays at 8:30 pm EST (repeated on Saturdays at 9 pm EST).

Created and hosted by Rabbi Hirschfield, a well-known advocate for religious pluralism, the new series will add the voices of the American public, with interviews, comments, and questions from the “man on the street.” Fast paced and directly tied to today’s news, the series promises to give viewers a deeper understanding of how religious leaders of the three major Abrahamic faiths. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam see themselves, the world, and each other, as they grapple with the divisive issues splitting America.

“There is nothing like religion to fuel conflict and drive people apart,” said Rabbi Hirschfield, President of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, “but there is also nothing like religion with the capacity to build bridges between people and draw them together. This series brings our sacred traditions together to meet the challenges of contemporary life.”

Joining with leading Imams and Christian leaders from around the country, Rabbi Hirschfield explores many of the central topics making the headlines healthcare, immigration, and global warming while addressing some of the personal issues that all families face love, marriage/divorce, work, and parenting.