It's often easy to distrust or even hate a person based on stereotypes. It's much more difficult to hate people once you get to know them and find those stereotypes are untrue.
For centuries, misunderstandings between Jews and Christians have persisted. But recent years of dialogue have fostered new understandings, showing that similarities in beliefs are often as numerable and compelling as the differences. And those differences that were once feared are now appreciated.
For nine years the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding based at Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pa., has used lectures, public discussions and youth field trips to promote continued dialogue between the two faiths.
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