Key Contacts

Prof. Adam Afterman

Co-Director
John Paul II Center, Rome

Professor Adam Afterman is Co-Director of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue and Chair of the Department of Jewish Philosophy and Talmud at Tel Aviv University. He is a Senior Research Fellow at The Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies at Tel Aviv University and Senior Fellow of the Kogod Center for the Renewal of Jewish Thought at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Between 2008-2018 he was a member of the steering committee of the Interreligious Theology Conference at the Shalom Hartman Institute and is Co-Director of Hartman’s new interreligious program “Theologies for Religious Pluralism”. Professor Afterman’s main fields of study are medieval Jewish philosophy, Jewish mysticism and interreligious dialogue.

If you wish to get in touch with Prof. Afterman, please contact us at berrie@iie.eu or +36 1 472 2251.


Rabbi Jack Bemporad

Co-Director
John Paul II Center, Rome

Rabbi Jack Bemporad is Co-Director of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue and Professor of Interreligious Studies at the Angelicum University (Rome). He has been Director of the Center for Interreligious Understanding (U.S.) since its inception in 1992, as well as Senior Rabbinic Scholar at Chavurah Beth Shalom (U.S.)

If you wish to get in touch with Rabbi Bemporad, please contact us at berrie@iie.eu or +36 1 472 2251.


Korlan Smagulova

Program Manager
IIE Europe

Email: berrie@iie.eu
Telephone: +36 1 472 2251

Korlan Smagulova is a program manager at the Institute of International Education’s Europe Office, based in Budapest, Hungary. She is responsible for managing the Russel Berrie Fellowship program on behalf of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue. She holds a Master’s in Public Affairs degree and is honored to be involved in furthering interreligious dialogue.


Magda Lekiashvili

Graduate Administrative Assistant
John Paul II Center, Rome

Email: johnpaul2center@iie.eu
Tel: +39 06 670 2244
Mobile: + 39 389 119 5097

Magda Lekiashvili is the graduate administrative assistant at the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue. She conducted her PhD research in International Relations, Geopolitics in 2017 and previously obtained a Licence Degree in Social Sciences at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) Rome, Italy. She also holds a BA degree in Social and Political Sciences, Journalism from the Tbilisi State University in Georgia.