Ron Kronish

Interreligious Peacebuilder, Writer, Lecturer, Educator

 

Phone:

+972-50-771-6989

Fax:

+972-2-671-1289

 

Email:

ronkronish@gmail.com

 

Address: 

Jerusalem, Israel

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Founding Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), Ron Kronish is now an independent scholar, educator, speaker and writer. He has lived in Jerusalem since 1979, serving as Director of ICCI (1992-2016), Director of the office of an American Jewish organization in Israel (1988-92), Director of Staff Development and later Co-Director for the Melitz Centers for Jewish Zionist Education (1979-1988), lecturer in Education at Tel Aviv University (1982-1986) and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1979-1981).

Dr. Kronish has lectured to a wide variety of groups in Israel, including synagogue groups, Jewish community missions and Jewish, Christian and interreligious groups. In addition, he has been a scholar-in-residence at universities, synagogues and communities in North America, Europe and in the Far East.

Educated at Brandeis University (BA), Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in New York (MHL, rabbinic ordination) and the Harvard Graduate School of Education (doctorate in philosophy and history of education), Rabbi Kronish has published articles and essays on Jewish politics, faith communities and the peace process, as well as education, culture and contemporary issues in America and Israel.

 

He has represented ICCI at the Vatican and at many international conferences, and has frequently been consulted by media representatives for background information and briefings.

Dr. Kronish has edited four books of essays:

--Coexistence and Reconciliation in Israel: Voices for Interreligious Dialogue (published by Paulist Press, 2015).

--Towards the Twenty-first Century: Judaism and the Jewish People in Israel and America (published by Ktav, 1996), an anthology in memory of his beloved father, Rabbi Leon Kronish

--Toward the Third Millennium (published by ICCI, 2000)

--Pilgrimage in a New Millennium (published by ICCI, 1999).

He published a book entitled The Other Peace Process: Interreligious Dialogue, A View from Jerusalem  in August 2017 by Hamilton Books (formerly University Press of America), an imprint of Rowman and Littlefield. This book ,which is a professional memoir on his work in the field of Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding, is used in courses in this field in Israel and abroad.

Teaching and Lecturing Abroad: During the Fall semesters of 2018 and 2019, he taught a seminar on Interreligious Dialogue and Peacebuilding as an adjunct professor in the Theology School and Casperan Graduate School at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, in cooperation with the Center for Religion, Culture and Conflict of the university; for the previous 5 years, he taught a pro-seminar for M.A. students in the Coexistence and Conflict Program in the Heller Graduate School at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. In addition, he lectured at universities and in communities in several other cities in the U.S.A.

Rabbi Kronish lives in Jerusalem with his wife Amy for the past 41 years. He is the proud father of 3 wonderful daughters (and 3 wonderful sons-in-law) and the even prouder grandfather of 6 fabulous grandchildren.

Current Activities

Dr. Kronish is now an independent lecturer, scholar-in-residence, blogger, and writer of books and essays.  When there is no corona pandemic, he lectures frequently both to visiting groups  and to groups within Israel, as well as at synagogues, universities, and community relations organizations in the USA and Europe.

For the past several years, he has been a Library Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, where he does research and writes about Interreligious Dialogue, Peacebuilding and Peacemaking, and Arab-Jewish Coexistence in Israel.  He is currently working on a new book about peacebuilders in Israel and Palestine

In addition, he published posts regularly for his blog on the Times of Israel and recently began writing as a regular contributor for The Jerusalem Report.

 

 Also, Rabbi Kronish is teaching courses about Interfaith Dialogue in Israel in the Adult Education program of the Schechter Institute for Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, since Spring 2020.

About This Website

This website will provide information about Rabbi Dr. Kronish's program offerings in North America, Europe and Israel. It will also link you to his facebook page and to his blog for The Times of Israel, and it will provide contact information as to how to invite him to lecture or to be a scholar-in-residence in your community or at your university.

PROGRAMS OFFERED IN ISRAEL
 

After the coronavirus pandemic will end, Dr. Kronish will once again lecture to a wide variety of groups  who come to visit  Israel, including synagogue groups, Jewish community missions and Jewish, Christian and interreligious groups. Watch a podcast.

Speaking Topics and Study Tours for visiting groups to Israel

 

  • “The Other Peace Process” -- The Role of Interreligious Dialogue in Israel and the Middle East

  • Is Arab-Jewish Coexistence in Israel Still Possible?

  • Insight Israel - Critical Issues in Contemporary Israel

  • Religion, Politics and Peace in Israel

  • Study Tour on Jewish-Christian Relations in Israel, with site visits and meetings with local Christians. A full day or a half day

  • Study Tour on Jewish-Muslim Relations in Israel, with site visits and meetings with local Muslims. A full day or a half day

PROGRAMS OFFERED ABROAD

Dr. Kronish lectures to a wide variety of groups in the USA and Europe, at synagogues, churches, community centers, university campuses and more.

Speaking Topics Abroad

 

  • “The Other Peace Process” -- The Role of Interreligious Dialogue in Israel and the Middle East

  • Is Arab-Jewish Coexistence in Israel Still Possible?

  • Insight Israel - Critical Issues in Contemporary Israel

  • Israel: A "State of the Jews" or a "Jewish State"?

  • Religion, Politics and Peace in Israel

  • Revolutionary Changes in Jewish-Christian Relations: Lecture-discussion based on screening of the film "I am Joseph Your Brother"

  • In addition to single lectures, Dr. Kronish is available for scholar-in-residence weekends (full schedule available upon request)

 
BOOKS & ARTICLES
USAUPCOMING FALL 2017
 

RELEASED FALL 2017

Parashat Beshalach:

A Jewish Approach to War&Peace

The Jerusalem Report, February 2018

BOOK REVIEWS
BOOK REVIEWS

 

Brandeis News

Alumnus emphasizes importance of peace-building

By Brian Klotz

Abrahamic Family Reunion

Newsletter

By Josheph Montville

Catholic Profiles

Book Review

By John  T. Pawlikowski

and

An Interview with the Author

by Dr. Eugene Fisher

Jerusalem Report

Editor's Note, see PDF below

 

RAVKAV

Email from Rabbi Phillip Cohen

Greensboro, North Carolina, PDF below

 

 

Brandeis Magazine 

Spring 2018 edition

CCAR Journal: The Reform Jewish Quarterly

Book Review by Rabbi Eric Yoffie, PDF below

Journal of Ecumenical Studies

Book Review by Eugene Fisher, PDF below

 
 
CONTACT ME

Ron Kronish

Rabbi, Educator

Phone:

+972-507-716-989

 

Email:

ronkronish@gmail.com 

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