About Us

The Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies is an independent, academic non-profit that seeks to advance interreligious dialogue and understanding through educational programs for the public; fellowships for civic leaders, teachers, and clergy; and rigorous scholarship. The ICJS reaches a diverse cross-section of the greater Baltimore area in its efforts to confront anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of religious prejudice.

By constructively engaging with religious pluralism in education, outreach, and scholarship we are shaping a new relationship among Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Baltimore area, and modeling a new conversation that affirms and values religious diversity in America.

Since its founding in 1987, the ICJS has developed and offered distinctive educational programs for clergy, religious leaders and communities, and the general public. More recently the work of the ICJS has expanded to include equipping and training primary and secondary school teachers on how to increase religious literacy and facilitate interreligious encounters in the classroom. Additionally, the ICJS convenes interreligious conversations among Baltimore’s non-profit and civic leaders about justice and the common good, through our public Imagining Justice in Baltimore initiative and our Justice Leaders Fellowship.

The ICJS is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

For more on the ICJS' history, click here.


Our Mission

We build learning communities where religious difference becomes a powerful force for good.


Our Vision

To make Baltimore a model interreligious city.