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Interfaith Inform
August 23, 2022
Kaufman Interfaith Institute


Watch - Yamma Ensemble

The Yamma Ensemble brings the cultural mosaic that is Israel alive. To listen to the Yamma Ensemble is to stroll the markets of Old Jaffa, to sip coffee in a café above the Mediterranean. It is to experience the mystery of Israel. The music is rare, esoteric, niche and played with ancient instruments (duduk, ney, kopuz, oud, shofar) and creates the feeling of ancient times, strong sense of spiritual heritage & tradition although the materials are sometimes original and contemporary. 
On September 20, the Kaufman Institute will offer an International interfaith Concert with a focus on the music of Israel and Afghanistan, and through that lens, open a conversation regarding the faith traditions inherent in each nation’s cultures. Yamma Ensemble and Heart of Afghanistan will represent their countries and musical heritage as cultural ambassadors. For more info or to register visit our event page: Interfaith Concert & Dialogue 

Watch and listen as Yamma Ensemble performs Pslam 104 sung in ancient Hebrew.  

Upcoming Events

We Remember: Journeys of Hope - Interfaith Memorial  

September 13, 6:30 pm - Dominican Center Marywood at Aquinas College
Be with us for this year's 8th Annual Interfaith Memorial Service, We Remember: Journeys of Hope! This event is free and open to the public. The memorial is a time of remembrance in a welcoming and inclusive space. There will be opportunities for personal reflection, remembrance activities, and acknowledgement of loss.
Click here for more information and registration.
International Interfaith Concert: Yamma & Heart of Afghanistan  

September 20, 7:00 pm - Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU DeVos Downton Campus
Join the Kaufman Institute for an evening of international music with our very special guests all the way from Afghanistan and Israel.
Each group represents their country and musical heritage as cultural ambassadors. Through that lens, we will open a conversation regarding the faith traditions inherent in each nation’s culture.
Click here for more information and registration.
How To Talk To Your Neighbor Training w/ One America Movement 

September 21, 4:00 pm - Alumni House, GVSU Allendale Campus
This in-person workshop  will feature a training for university students, faculty, staff and community members on how to have conversations about important issues with people who believe, think, and vote differently than you. 
The 2 hour training will offer a framework for navigating difficult conversation, exploring the neuroscience and social science of polarity and divisiveness, offering both theory and interactive practice for having productive conversations that move towards listening and cooperation.  
This training will be facilitated by One America Movement and is the first event in the Talking Together series.
Click here for more information and registration.