Coordinator of Operations and Multifaith Strategy
After witnessing the incredible value of religious diversity in her own multifaith family growing up, Allyson Zacharoff came to realize the critical need for cross-faith dialogue in the broader world today. Since 2012, she has been working in interfaith relations, striving to bring people together from different faith and non-faith backgrounds in order to work towards a more peaceful world.
In 2013-2014, Allyson was the first and only Jewish individual to receive a Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies to attend the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. She then worked as the founding Coordinator of the Multifaith Alliance from 2014-2016, before taking a year to delve into Jewish studies in Jerusalem at Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies as an inaugural Conflict Resolution Fellow in 2016-2017. Allyson then returned to the U.S. and studied at Hartford Seminary from 2017-2018 as part of the International Peacemaking Program, for which she received a Graduate Certificate in Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. She is currently attending rabbinical school at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.
Allyson is also a member of ACWAY (A Common Word Among the Youth), a group made up of more than 100 young people from around the world who are all committed to fostering interfaith and intercultural dialogue. She documents about her interfaith experiences on her blog, www.christmasandkreplach.blogspot.com.