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

By :  The Jewish Theological Seminary Posted On Jun 20, 2018 | Interreligious Israel Prayer

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 tapped 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 were 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.