Interfaith Relations - Matanel & Tikun Fellows



The project proposes the establishment of a joint leadership group that will contribute to the rehabilitation of Jewish-Muslim relations in Israel through joint study and research into the processes that led to a fruitful dialog between the two civilizations in the past.



  • Promoting familiarity with the common Jewish and Muslim cultural heritage.
  • Detailed study of shared history, leading to a better understanding of the shared present.
  • Fostering cultural projects giving practical expression to the research and study process.
  • Influencing Jewish and Muslim public opinion in Israel concerning the cultural connections between the two sectors.


  • Setting up a leadership study group with 12 Jewish and Muslim participants.
  • A year-long joint program of research and writing.
  • Developing and executing 6 joint cultural projects.
  • Producing an anthology of articles by participants.
  • A concluding seminar with the participation of key Jewish and Muslim personalities from Israel and abroad.


  • There will be a total of 12 monthly sessions, each lasting at least 12 hours.
  • There will be two field days featuring visits to institutions of interest.
  • Group members will pair up and develop joint cultural projects which will take place in the field.
  • Participation in the sessions is compulsory, scholarships will be granted to participants for each session.


January 2019          Start of program

April 2019                Presentation and execution of projects

December 2019    Concluding seminar

March 2020           Publication of anthology of articles


Dr. Meir Buzaglo is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem who specializes in the philosophy of mathematics and in Jewish Thought, particularly Maimonides. Son of Rabbi David Buzaglo, the greatest Piyut (liturgy) singer of the 20th century, Dr. Buzaglo was born in Casablanca, Morocco. He bears a direct affinity to the Sephardi Judaism and to Israel's periphery. As a trustee of the Avi Chai Foundation, Dr. Buzaglo brought to fruition a number of major projects including the articulation and definition of Masorati [traditional] Jewish identity, and the initiation of the Piyut revolution in Israel's contemporary culture.

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