Yehezkel Landau

Dr. Yehezkel Landau, D.Min.

Dr. Yehezkel Landau, D.Min., a dual Israeli-American citizen, is an interfaith educator, trainer, consultant, and author active in Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations and Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilding for over 40 years.

While in Israel he was executive director of the Oz veShalom-Netivot Shalom religious peace movement in the 1980’s, then co-founder and co-director of the Open House Jewish-Arab peace center in Ramle in the 1990’s. From 2002 to 2016 he was a professor of Jewish tradition and interfaith relations at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut and holder of the Abrahamic Partnerships Chair.

He is the author of numerous articles and essays, both popular and scholarly, as well as the research report Healing the Holy Land: Interreligious Peacebuilding in Israel/Palestine, published by the U.S. Institute of Peace.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Seminary.

Feel free to message Dr. Landau through ReligionAndPublicLife.org or the mobile app and check out his website at www.landau-interfaith.com.

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Dr. Landau in Manhattan with his Nigerian colleagues from the Tanenbaum Peacemakers in Action Network, Pastor James Movel Wuye and Imam Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa
Our journey onto the global stage started when we met Yehezkel in 2004 at a Tanenbaum Peacemakers in Action retreat in Amman, Jordan, where he invited us to participate in a week-long course on the Abrahamic faiths that he directed at Hartford Seminary. In Hartford we met Yehezkel’s friend, Bryan Hamlin of Initiatives of Change (IofC), who invited us to an international, interfaith conference in Caux, Switzerland. Today our story is known throughout the world, largely thanks to the IofC-produced film, “The Imam and the Pastor.” In December of 2010, ahead of national elections in Nigeria that were threatened by violence, Yehezkel and two other Tanenbaum Peacemakers, Fr. Ivo Markovic and Azhar Hussein, spent a week with us in Abuja, Jos, and Kaduna. Yehezkel added a valuable Jewish and interfaith perspective in meetings with Nigerian Christian and Muslim leaders and in national television interviews. He is our Jewish spiritual brother, a cherished friend, and a dedicated peacebuilder.

Pastor James Movel Wuye and Imam Muhammad Nurayn Ashafa, co-directors of the Inter-Faith Mediation Center in Kaduna, Nigeria- Developer