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Shamir Shimshon Galsurkar

  • Judaism
  • India
  • Male
  • India
  • South Asia
  • KAICIID Fellows

Biography Narrative

Shamir Shimshon Galsurkar is a Jewish leader and an entrepreneur in Mumbai who is associated with many local and international Jewish organizations. A qualified civil engineer and a builder, he currently runs a construction firm in Mumbai, India. He is actively involved with many programs related to community development, leadership, spirituality, Torah studies, social work, psychology, science and collective consciousness. He is associated with Jewish Youth Pioneers as the Head of Logistics and is a Hebrew reader for the congregation of Magen Hassidim Synagogue. He is actively involved with the American Jewish University, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and World ORT (Association for the Promotion of Skilled Trades). He is studying Torah and spirituality from an international Torah organization and institute called Bnei Baruch, which deals with spirituality, humanity, unity of people, integral society and human development.

He is very passionate about studying Jewish spirituality and believes that an age of integral societies is approaching where humans will be able to live in harmony, love and oneness with the Creator. His motto is: “Love others as yourself, unity and love for others is true Spirituality.”

Interreligious Activities and Initiatives

Project HIRD (Human Inter-Religious Dialogue) Training

IRD can be done by various methods and means. At a formal level or at informal level, at a global scale or at a local scale. That’s why I feel that the world needs more IRD leaders in order to improve relations between different religious communities and beliefs. Anyone who desires peace and harmony between humans can be a IRD leader and a Peacebuilder. So my project will deal with training and discussions between 15 people of all religious backgrounds and beliefs (Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Scientist, Atheist and so on). There will be seven sessions based on IRD, human relations, commonalities between different religions, environmental issues, human suffering, etc. through presentations, group discussions, team building activities and so on. My project also includes making an inspirational video related to IRD (The roles will be played by me and my team)