Ruth Broyde Sharone

Interfaith Ambassadors for the Parliament of the World's Religions

Ruth Broyde Sharone is a filmmaker/journalist and well-known peacebuilder who has been honored internationally for her interfaith activism. She has worked on staff for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, convener of the largest interfaith gatherings in the world. Her new book, Minefields and Miracles: A Global Adventure in Interfaith has received critical acclaim from religious leaders around the globe.

Can We Talk? The Israeli/Palestinian Dilemma

Sarah Bassin, Ruth Broyde Sharone

The Middle East is such a "hot button" topic that a discussion of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict is frequently and studiously avoided. We Jews value our ability to examine a text from a variety of viewpoints, yet our community is experiencing a genuine internal struggle as we try to navigate the complexity and emotion around the current conflict. It's time for a fresh approach to this dilemma using proven guidelines for effective dialogue and learning to practice the art of active listening. This workshop will be facilitated by two women who have considerable experience and talents in the field of peacemaking and consensus building.

Israel Forum: Hot-Button Issues Facing the Zionist Dream

Zvi Block, Ruth Broyde Sharone, Jonathan Jacoby, Kenneth Kaufman, Daryl Temkin

In a lively exchange of ideas and opinions, a distinguished panel discusses some of the most pressing issues facing Israel today and offers insights on how we can discuss and respond to them. The forum highlights varying approaches, to provoke analysis of strong and weak points in the diverse perspectives, and to encourage consideration of ways to reconcile the differences. The format welcomes participation from the audience, challenges people to think beyond their own framework and positions, and aims to provide a model for constructive community discourse. Potential issues to be discussed include land for peace; prisoner swaps; settlement towns, disengagement, and expulsion; balancing ethnic, religious, gender and political rights and tolerance; human rights and social-class disparity; and the religious and secular division.