Key Contacts

Prof. Adam Afterman

Director
John Paul II Center, Rome

Professor Adam Afterman is 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

Founder and Director Emeritus
John Paul II Center, Rome

Rabbi Jack Bemporad is Founder and Director Emeritus of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue and Professor of Interreligious Studies at the Angelicum University (Rome). He teaches at the Angelicum courses in Interreligious Dialogue; and 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.


Elena Dini

Senior Program Manager
John Paul II Center, Rome

Email: edini@iie.org

Elena Dini is Senior Program Manager of the John Paul II Center for Interreligious Dialogue where she manages the Center activities related to the Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies, supports and enhances the Network of John Paul II Leaders (alumni of the Fellowship around the world), as well as consolidates and opens partnerships with other centers, institutions or individuals active in the field of dialogue. Elena serves as a spokesperson for the John Paul II Center in Rome.


Korlan Smagulova

Program Manager
IIE Europe

Email: berrie@iie.eu

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.


Ana Petrache

Administrative Coordinator
John Paul II Center, Rome

Email: johnpaul2center@iie.eu
Tel: +39 06 670 2244

A graduate of the Russell Berrie Fellowship program at the Angelicum, Ana earned her Doctorate in Philosophy from École Pratique des Hautes Etudes and University of Bucharest. Ana is a postdoctoral fellow at the Foundation for Interreligious and Intercultural Research and Dialogue, University of Geneva and Accademia di Romania in Rome.

Ana also works with the JPII Center to coordinate its events and the Russell Berrie Fellowship program activities in Rome, Italy.