As part of the promotion of inter-religious dialogue and the building of bridges between religions, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and Mimouna associations have launched a 6-month fellowship program for young Israeli, Moroccan and American professionals.
The associations launched the AJC-Mimouna Michael Sachs Emerging Leaders Fellowship, named after the late Michael Sachs, an AJC leader who dedicated his life to promoting Judeo-Muslim dialogue.
This initiative is the first of its kind to bring together a group of young Americans, Israelis and Moroccans “to deepen understanding and build cooperative relations,” said a press release from the Mimouna association, which brings together young Moroccan Muslim leaders.
“The Sachs Emerging Leaders Fellowship enables young Moroccans, Israeli Jews and Arabs and American Jews to learn together and forge cooperative relationships that will be essential to broaden the ties between their countries in the years to come,” said Benjamin Rogers , AJC Director for Middle East and North Africa Initiatives.
The program follows the memorandum of understanding signed in January between the two associations and will allow 22 scholarship holders (11 Moroccans, 4 Israelis and 7 Americans) to develop leadership and build interreligious bridges.
Moroccan scholarship holders are members of the Moroccan parliament and civil society actors, while scholarship holders in Israel and the United States are entrepreneurs.
They will have 6 months to discuss several themes, including Jewish heritage in Morocco which presents 2,500 years of history, diplomacy, the future of Arab-Jewish relations, religion and peace as well as the means to build links and positive partnerships. The program will end with a joint trip to Morocco and Israel in spring 2022.