As a leader in interfaith education for over 50 years, the Temple of Understanding creates programs to address the new challenges of an interconnected, global society. By advancing an innovative model of interfaith education, our programs utilize the rich diversity within the New York City tri-state community to educate and create awareness of religious issues, traditions and perspectives with the purpose of breaking down prejudicial boundaries.
Using an experiential approach, the Temple of Understanding’s work goes beyond a static “lecture hall” model to include site visits, service learning, and immersion experiences in many traditions and cultures. TOU’s youth programs integrate religious literacy with cross-cultural understanding, conflict resolution and leadership training. TOU’s adult offerings have included cultural tours such as museums and religious sites, videos, film screenings and panel events often held in partnership with other NGO’s, and UN Agencies focusing on climate change and sustainable development and on the important role of the interfaith community as an agent for positive change.
The Temple of Understanding also sponsors performances with universally important themes from world-class artists and entertainers. These are gatherings that will delight, enlighten, and inspire.