Songs for the Holy City: An Interfaith Evening of Music and Prayer

Date: Jun 20, 2018 - Jun 20, 2018

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Sponsor: Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue | Public Lectures and Events

Location: JTS

Category: Interreligious Dialogue Livestream Public Lectures & Events

The Annual John Paul II Lecture on Interreligious Dialogue

Wednesday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a unique gathering of clergy, vocalists, and musicians from the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian traditions leading us in song and prayer for the peace and future of Jerusalem/Yerushalayim/Al Quds. Inspired by similar gatherings in Jerusalem, the event taps the collective power of our three faiths to help us transcend divisions and plant seeds of cooperation and respect.



  • Rabbi Tamar Elad Appelbaum, spiritual leader of Kehillat Zion, Jerusalem
  • Imam Abdullah Antepli, chief representative of Muslim Affairs and adjunct faculty of Islamic Studies, Duke University.
  • Ara Dinkjian, world-renowned oud master and liturgical musician in the Armenian Apostolic Church

They will be joined by kanun player Hasan Isakkut and vocalists Onnik Dinkjian, Rabbi Roly Matalon, and Ms. Shelley Thomas.

Co-sponsored by the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome) and the Milstein Center for Interreligious Dialogue at the Jewish Theological Seminary, with special thanks for the generosity of the Russell Berrie Foundation.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. 

Live Streaming

This program will be live streamed at no charge at (registration not required for the livestream). JTS invites synagogues and other Jewish communal organizations to hold a public screening of this outstanding program. Contact