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Passing the Mic: Kaufman Interfaith Institute's Allison Egrin answers, "What tenet of your faith tradition most stands out to you right now?"

Allison Egrin, Jewish practitioner, responds to Community Media Center's Brett Townsend.

Kaufman Interfaith Institute & Allison Egrin

The KII's mission is to promote interfaith understanding and mutual respect in West Michigan. Through a variety of programming, it brings together diverse voices and worldview traditions to find common ground, while still honoring individual experiences. The KII was established in 2007 by Grand Valley State University.

Allison Egrin, KII Program Assistant, is a practitioner of Judaism, with active relationships with Jewish congregations in Grand Rapids, such as Chabad House of Western Michigan, Temple Emanuel, and the Jewish Federation of Grand Rapids.

Brett Townsend, Community Services Specialist at Community Media Center, asks leaders or practitioners in Grand Rapids faith communities:

  • "What tenet of your religious or spiritual tradition most stands out to you right now?"

Allison Egrin, Jewish practitioner and Program Assistant at Kaufman Interfaith Institute, responds, and passes a question on to other faith communities in the city:

  • "What aspect of your tradition has been the most difficult or taxing within the last year?"


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