These events, the first in the United States, followed a
historic Hindu-Jewish Summit held in New Delhi in 2007 and Jerusalem in
2008–first initiated by Bawa Jain, Secretary General of the WCORL.
The earlier summits abroad resulted in the first breakthrough "Declaration" that among other points, affirmed mutual belief in One Supreme Being, the sanctity of human life and the rejection of violence to achieve goals, the need to have religious scholars from each tradition review school textbooks and finding ways to weigh in together on some contemporary scientific and ethical dilemmas. The Declaration is an example of concrete results of mutual Hindu-Jewish explorations.