A photo of Jim Rudin from his Zoom conversation with a photo of the cover of his book, The People In the Room.

The People in the Room: A Conversation with Author Rabbi James Rudin

by iPub Forum

On Wednesday, May 18, 2022 the Dialogue Institute presented a Zoom conversation with Rabbi James Rudin on his newly published memoir, The People In The Room: Rabbis, Nuns, Pastors, Popes and Presidents, available from publisher iPub Global Connections.

Rabbi Rudin was joined on a panel of speakers with Imam Abdullah Antepli and Dr. Phil Cunningham. Rabbi Rudin has been a member of the American Jewish Committee’s Senior Staff for 32 years and has served as the Interreligious Affairs Director. Imam Antepli is an Associate Professor of the practice of Interfaith Relations and also teaches at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke Divinity School. Dr. Cunningham is a Professor of Catholic Theology at St. Joseph’s University and is the director of the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations.

You may view the entire conversation on Rabbi Rudin’s fascinating book in the YouTube video below. In this video he shares his reflections on the important American and global history of interfaith relations that he witnessed and in which he participated. He also shares his many insights into the events and people with whom he worked and interacted in the latter half of the 20th and first part of 21st centuries.



James Rudin is the American Jewish Committee’s senior interreligious adviser and the author of “Pillar of Fire: A Biography of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise,” which was nominated for a 2016 Pulitzer Prize. His new book, The People in the Room: Rabbis, Nuns, Priests, Popes, and Presidents, which is published by iPub, is available now! He can be reached at jamesrudin.com.


If you are interested in more reads on interfaith dialogue, check out these books and articles: Christians & Jews―Faith to Faith: Tragic History, Promising Present, Fragile Future, also by Rabbi James Rudin; and Love or Perish – A Holocaust Survivor’s Vision for Interfaith Peace by Harold Kasimow.

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