George Eisen is a professor of sociology and history at Nazareth College, New York. He is an associate vice president for academic affairs & executive director for international education at Nazareth College.He served as acting director for the Baltic Center of North American Studies at University of Tartu, Estonia. He is the past director of the Institute for Regional & International Studies at California State Polytechnic University. He is also the author of the award winning “Children and Play in the Holocaust.”

“I was impressed for example that in many of the event that they organize not just religious representatives were present but also they are inviting civic leaders here of the community. That includes the Congress; it’s the US Congress I’m talking about, political figures, religious figures, civic figures and educational leaders. It’s a very beautiful way of combining, creating a community a harmonious community.”

“In a pluralistic society, we are working to create a harmony, coexistence I used that term. It is extremely important for a peaceful society. When each of us understand each other. It’s very easy to create friction, very easy to create conflict. Equally important to find means to create a dialogue, create a communication between very diverse groups.”

“What I find very unique about the movement is that they don’t play the political issues. Rather, what they want is to find a means of communication bridging the differences.”

“First we need to clarify interfaith dialogue is not changing anybody’s religion. It’s to give more tolerance, more understanding. Every person has their own right path. We just need to respect it. It’s basically interfaith understanding of dialogue is respect toward each individual.”

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