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Scholar-in-Residence, Reuven Firestone, Rabbi, Ph.D.

  • Peninsula Temple Beth el 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas San Mateo, CA, 94403 United States (map)

The North Peninsula Jewish community welcomes Professor Reuven Firestone, a renowned expert on Islam, its beliefs, principles, and history.

January 19 - 29 at various locations on the North Peninsula

Now more than ever, it is important to learn about Islam, build bridges, and cultivate understanding.

Lectures to be Held at PTBE

One Holy Land, Two or Three Holy Peoples?
Friday, January 20, 7:45 pm (following Shabbat Unplugged)

Three faiths and one controversial piece of land measuring a mere 8,019 square miles. Explore the Islamic, Christian, and Jewish connections to the Holy Land and their impact on the current conflict.

Jihad and the Jews
Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 pm

With radical Islam gaining strength and momentum, is peace really possible?

Reservations are not mandatory, but it will help us plan.

Click here for a complete list of lectures. Please note that programs at the PJCC require pre-registration.


Click here for a complete list of lectures. Please note that programs at the PJCC do require pre-registration.

Professor Reuven Firestone is Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at the Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles, and is co-director of the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, a joint program of the Hebrew Union College, the Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation and the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California. He is the acclaimed author of JIHAD: The Origin of Holy War in Islam among many other books.

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