Temple of Understanding


The organization was founded in 1960 by a pioneering visionary, Juliet Hollister, with the support of a distinguished group of “Founding Friends,” including Eleanor Roosevelt, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Sir Zafrula Khan, H.H. Pope John XXIII, Anwar al-Sadat and H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama, among others.

Our programs address the new challenges of an interconnected global society by advancing an innovative model of interfaith education. The experiential approach of our work goes beyond a static “lecture hall” model to include site visits, service learning, and immersion experiences in many traditions and cultures. Our programs integrate religious literacy with cross-cultural understanding, conflict resolution, and youth leadership in training.

anti bigotry
anti violence
civil liberties


Contact Name: Alison Van Dyk, Executive Director and Chairman of Board
Email: info@templeofunderstanding.org
Phone: 914-610-5146
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HQ Address
State: MA
City: West Tisbury
  P.O. Box 1715
Zipcode: 02575