The spirit of the Kaufman Interfaith Institute is represented in the cooperative programs held in the community to enlighten, inform, and promote inclusivity.
These events bring together diverse voices and faith traditions to find a common ground while still honoring individual experiences.
Whether it is working with others in the community to host a civilized discussion about polarizing issues or organizing a celebration that welcomes all and encourages learning through differences, the institute has found great success carrying out its mission through these community collaborations.
"Through interfaith dialogue and service, we promote a vibrant and diverse community for all generations. Beyond tolerance, we value hospitality, understanding, respect, and acceptance."
Kaufman's Weekly Interfaith Insight
"Ancient and Modern Understanding of True Happiness" by Director Doug Kindschi
“But are we happier?”
This is the question asked in one of the last chapters of the best-selling book, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. Author historian Yuval Noah Harari reviews, in his not so “brief history” (over 400 pages), the development of early human forms, going back over 2 million years to the first homo sapiens some 200,000 years ago and their eventual domination of the planet today. Harari, an Oxford Ph.D., describes the progress since the scientific revolution of the last 500 years as follows:
“The earth has been united into a single ecological and historical sphere. The economy has grown exponentially, and humankind today enjoys the kind of wealth that used to be the stuff of fairy tales. Science and the Industrial Revolution have given humankind super human powers and practically limitless energy. The social order has been completely transformed, as have politics, daily life and human psychology.
“But are we happier?”
There have been impressive medical gains in terms of child mortality and extension of life spans, as well as in the reduction of famines and poverty. Studies have shown, however, that “family and community have more impact on happiness than money and health.” Have our material advances combined with more mobility and individual independence been at the cost of community and family?
KAUFMAN'S WEEKLY WATCH
Is Fairness Innate?
This week’s Insight discussed the question of Morality from Rabbi Sacks’ book by the same name. He notes that even young children are quick to cry out “It’s not fair” when they experience unfairness. Sacks called it one of the “first moral propositions we articulate.” He also noted that it is observed in other social animals as demonstrated by the primatologist Frans de Waal. Click here to see his very short video clip of the experiment with primates who express their outrage when something unfair happens.