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This blog is maintained for the readers of In the Light of a Blessed Tree, as well as for all those interested in the wider work of Dr. Timothy J. Gianotti: including the Islamic Institute for Spiritual Formation (IISF, Toronto), which he serves as the Director and Principal Teacher, the Studies in Islam program at Renison University College (University of Waterloo), where he serves as an Associate Professor, and the American Islamic College (Chicago), where he served as the Director of Islamic Studies (2013-2015).

Please stay tuned for new blog entries and announcements for new programs in Toronto and beyond!


Temple Emanu-El and Noor Cultural Centre Weekend of Twinning
With Rabbi Debra Landsberg and Dr. Timothy Gianotti
Join us for the second annual Weekend of Twinning with Temple Emanu-El, part of a North America-wide initiative to bring Muslim and Jewish communities together. The theme of the Noor – Emanu-El twinning will be Face to Face: Discovering Our Selves in Our Others.
Friday November 13, 2009
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Noor Cultural Centre

1:00-1:15 p.m. | Welcome to Noor
1:20 p.m. | Call to prayers
1:30-2.00 p.m. | Jum’ah prayers with presentation by Rabbi Debra Landsberg: The Command of the Other
2:00-3:00 p.m. | Refreshments and socialization

Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Temple Emanu-El
120 Old Colony Road East
(off Bayview, south of the 401)

6:00 p.m. | Shabbat services followed by dinner
8:00 p.m. |
Light Upon Light spirituality discussion session with Dr. Timothy Gianotti: Glimpses of the Religious Ideal: Saints, spiritual masters, and other friends of God from both the Jewish and Islamic traditionsNote: The dinner is compliments of Temple Emanu-El, but it is essential to reserve your space by Saturday November 7. Please RSVP to admin@noorculturalcentre.ca or 416.444.7148 ext.222, and indicate number of adults and children and any vegetarian meals.

Sunday November 15, 2009
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Noor Cultural Centre

9:30 a.m. | Welcome, breakfast and entertainment
10:15 - 11:30 a.m. | Lecture by
Dr. Adnan Husain (Queen’s University): The Judeo-Islamic Tradition: Perceptions of Religious Identity in Medieval History11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. | Response and discussion with Rabbi Debra Landsberg and Dr. Timothy Gianotti

NEW! Photo Collage/Video of the Fourth Meeting of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders (Haifa, October 2009)

Click on the link below to see a 10-minute video highlighting some of the faces, places, and special moments that made this gathering of Religious Studies scholars and religious leaders so powerful and -- God willing -- transformative. While this video cannot penetrate the depth of the encounters and the serious way in which the scholars and religious leaders engaged one another, it does offer a glimpse into the tangible love, respect, and reverence that we all felt. The video was photographed and edited by Claudia Henzler of HENZLERWORKS.

world religious leaders slideshow (Haifa, 2009)