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New texts:

SEPTEMBER 2016:

- Reuven Firestone: Monotheism and the Problem of Truth. Article
- Elie Wiesel: Will the world ever learn? Article
- David N. Saperstein: Briefing on the Release of the 2015 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom (IRF). Article
- Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor: International Religious Freedom Report for 2015. Report
- Nike Snijders: New Initiative in Latin America Seeks to Promote Jewish-Muslim Dialogue. Report
- World Council of Churches: Young people reflect on interreligious studies. Report
- George Kohler: Maimonides and the Theological Diversity of Judaism. Book review

JULY/AUGUST 2016:

Summer vacation!
Next update
September 1st, 2016


JUNE 2016:

- Mordechay Lewy: From IV Lateran Council to II Vatican Council – 800 Years of Catholic Attitudes towards Judaism. Article
- Ron Kronish: Introducing Jewish Students to Christians and Christianity in Jerusalem. Article
- JCR: Young Leadership Council (YLC) 2016 Conference: Religious Identity in a Multifaith Society. Report
- Board of Deputies of British Jews: London Mayor Sadiq Khan signs historic pledge to fight antisemitism. Report
- JCR: FPartnering with Religious Leaders of the Middle East in Advancing the Protection of Minorities in Muslim Majority States. Report
- JCR:Passover Seder in Radom. Report

Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions

Monotheism and the Problem of Truth

Reuven Firestone | 01.09.2016

"You shall have no other gods beside Me!" This is the first of Aseret HaDib'rot, literally the "Ten Declarations" or "Ten Commandments" found in this week's parashah, Va-et'chanan (see Deuteronomy 5:2-18; we recited a slightly different version earlier in the year in Parashat Yitro, Exodus, chapter 20). ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences

Will the world ever learn?

Elie Wiesel | 01.09.2016

Eliezer "Elie" Wiesel, the Romanian-born American Jewish writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor, died July 2 this year, 2016. He was the author of 57 books, including Night, a work based on his experiences as a prisoner in the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps. To remember his extraordinary character and to honour his legacy JCR republishes his speech, given on June 5, 2009, when he visited together with US President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, where his father once was murdered. ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences (152)

Briefing on the Release of the 2015 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom (IRF)

David N. Saperstein, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom | 01.09.2016

Special Briefing, Washington, DC, August 10, 2016. … [more]

Introducing Jewish Students to Christians and Christianity in Jerusalem

Ron Kronish | 02.06.2016

Why don’t most Jews who come to visit or study in Israel meet local Christians or Muslims or visit their holy sites or educational institutions when they are here? Why do they persist in seeing only “Jewish “ Israel, and ignore so much more that Israel has to offer in its cultural and religious landscape? … [more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (111)

Chagall’s Jesus crucified: Art Admonishing Christianity

Gregory Rutecki | 01.04.2016

“What does the cross of Jesus Christ mean at (Auschwitz)? What does it mean to Jews? If Auschwitz has become a Sacred center of Jewish identity, what does the cross there imply about the relations of Jews and Christians? (James Carroll) … [more]

The Future of Interreligious Dialogue in Israel

Ron Kronish | 02.02.2016

What does the future for interreligious dialogue look like in Israel? At a time when stabbings on the street have become almost a daily occurrence and tension is high, can Jews, Muslims and Christians -- all citizens of the state of Israel -- envision a better future for the followers of their religion in this country? How we bring the reality closer to the ideal? In which areas, and with which target groups, should we focus? … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (149)

From IV Lateran Council to II Vatican Council – 800 Years of Catholic Attitudes towards Judaism

Mordechay Lewy | 02.06.2016

Speech delivered on 9th of November 2015 at the Pontifical Lateran University, Rome by , … [more]

The Covenant that was Never Cancelled. Historical facts and Prophetic Visions

Michael P. Maier | 01.05.2016

Lecture presented at the conference “From the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 to Nostra Aetate in 1965”, November 9, 2015, Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.[more]

Not Just Any Child, but That Special Child.

Achim Buckenmaier* | 01.05.2016

Lecture presented at the conference “From the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 to Nostra Aetate in 1965”, November 9, 2015, Pontifical Lateran University in Rome.[more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences

New Ways to Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel

Recently, one of my friends sent me an email, saying that his daughter just returned from a high school study tour to Poland and was shocked by the overly nationalistic messages that were propagated during that trip. ... [more]