A very interesting initiative I recently learnt about is called Jewish Buddhist Encounters, a website providing teaching resources on the intersection of Jewish and Buddhist religious identities in the USA. The site address issues to do with multiple religious identifications, the relationship between Jewish and Buddhist contemplative traditions, and the problem of multiple religious belonging for membership in religious organisations. The resources include literature on general issues of multiple religious identification, but the emphasis is on case studies “designed to enhance the ways in which theological and religious studies educators teach about the changing religious landscape in America”. The site would seem to offer an excellent set of resources, not only for teaching on (and researching) the articulation of Judaism and Buddhism in the USA, but also for those interested in broader issues of religious belonging, transformation, “hybridity”, “Buddhism in the West”, and so forth.
These resources were designed by Emily Sigalow and Wendy Cadge of Brandeis University and Ellie Pierce at Harvard. The project receives support from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.