The Academy for Judaic, Christian, and Islamic Studies was founded to promote, through academic as well as lay discourse and education, greater understanding of the interrelations and commonality among the three monotheistic religions stemming from a common religious heritage. Its mission is the advancement of dialogue among Jews, Christians and Muslims; the conduct of research and publishing the results; and teaching what has been found and experienced. Today, that important work focuses significantly on a course entitled Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Interrelated Religious Traditions at the University of California, Los Angeles, as well as presentations on that theme at Loyola Marymount University and local houses of worship.
Seeking to build on the power of this message, a philanthropic Jew – Mr. Nathan Krems – recently made a generous grant of $100,000 to the Academy to continue funding the course at UCLA and to expand its activities, and particularly the course, to other campuses and to more houses of worship. Mr. Krems provided the funds as a challenge grant, requesting that the Christian and Muslim communities each match his contribution. Members of the Academy are now seeking to meet that challenge.