On March 3, a large delegation of AJC Los Angeles visited the Glory Church of Jesus Christ in Los Angeles, a major Korean mega church, and partook in a moving and welcoming religious service and luncheon, followed by a 2-hour guided tour of Korea Town. The program was made possible through AJC LA's strong and growing partnership with Hypein Im, President of the Korean Churches for Community Development (KCCD). The "Sacred Spaces" tour is an invaluable AJC LA series that helps foster a deeper understanding of the faith and cultural traditions of ethnic and religious communities. The multi-dimensional engagement and partnership with the Korean community is based on shared concerns and similar goals and values.
While past programs have focused on international and domestic political engagement, the visit to the church and the tour of Korea Town allowed for a rich interfaith and intercultural exchange. This past August, AJC and NetKal (Network of Korean-American Leaders), organized a program on the issue of Human Rights Violations of N. Korea and Iran, with a follow-up program yet to be planned on the nuclear threat of these same two countries. In February, as part of the cultural exchange between the two communities, distinguished Korean American leaders and Korean diplomats visited a cultural exhibit focused on the fascinating story of Iranian Jews. Additionally, AJC's Asian Pacific Institute focuses on building greater alliances and on continuing long standing friendships with Asian countries, in particular, S. Korea. For more information about how to get involved, please contact Sanaz Meshkinfam at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-282-8080 x 331