Wendy Goldberg has been selected to serve as Executive Director for the Omaha-based Tri-Faith Initiative. Goldberg served as a founding board member of the Tri-Faith Initiative and has served as Interim Executive Director since February 2019. Goldberg also played a key role in Temple Israel’s transition to the Tri-Faith Commons in 2013.
Tri-Faith Board Chair Dr. Ali Khan said, “We are excited to welcome Wendy Goldberg as the Executive Director of the Trifaith Initiative. She brings proven leadership at non-profit organizations, deep ties to our community, and a passion for the role of faith in enriching our society. Wendy is a strong communicator with the talent to ensure Tri-Faith can successfully implement our ambitious new strategy to bridge from our unique purpose-built campus to a national and global audience with a message that celebrates the diversity and commonalities of our faiths.”
“Our incredibly diverse faith communities are our strength – it brings us together. Religious pluralism is celebrated when people of diverse religious communities and worldviews defend each others’ right to thrive and maintain distinct identities while engaging in beneficial ways. This is not just a nice idea; it is critical to the health of our democracy,” shared Goldberg.
Tri-Faith Initiative is a unique and ambitious project in the field of interfaith relations in its design, scale, and scope. Tri-Faith fosters empathy, invites understanding, and advances common action between people of diverse faiths through the shared efforts of Jewish, Christian, and Muslim places of worship, along with an interfaith center, intentionally co-located on one 38-acre campus in Omaha. By its very model, Tri-Faith challenges people of faith and goodwill to be conscious and proactive about the assets of faith in the civil life of a religiously pluralistic society.
The Tri-Faith Commons is located in Omaha, Nebraska and currently houses Temple Israel, Countryside Community Church, American Muslim Institute, and the Tri-Faith Center.
The Tri-Faith Center opens in June 2020 and will serve as a welcome center, conference facility, educational and research center, and hub for collaboration and interaction. Tri-Faith board and staff we are establishing policy, best practices, and underlying principles for this unprecedented and bold interfaith endeavor in America’s heartland. We are committed to a model, resource, and trainer of best practices for successful interfaith collaboration.