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JANUARY 2019:

- Kenneth P. Kramer: Martin Buber’s Sweet Sacrament of Dialogue. Article
- Rebecca Denova: The Life of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels. Article
- Shmuel Szteinhendler: Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Confraternidad Judeo-Cristiana del Uruguay.Report
- World Council of Churches: ‘Respect for the other’ lies at the heart of peace education, say panelists at UN debate.Report
- Jessica Marglin: A History of Muslims, Christians, and Jews in the Middle East. Book review

DECEMBER 2018:

- Michaël de Saint-Chéron: Elie Wiesel as Theologian. Article
- Anette Adelmann: ICCJ 2019 Conference: Transformations Within and Between. Report
- Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and The Canadian Rabbinic Caucus hold biannual dialogue meeting in Ottawa. Report
- Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews: The Dignity of the Human Being. Children in Jewish and Catholic Teaching. Statement
- Ruth Sandberg: The Blessing of Difference in Jewish-Christian Dialogue. Book review

NOVEMBER 2018:

- Markus Himmelbauer: Reconciliation in Judaism and Christianity. A Catholic Persepective Article
- CCJR: Statement on the Shabbat Murders at the Tree of Life – Or Simchat Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Report
- Notre Dame de Sion: The International Jewish – Christian Bible Week, Germany. Report
- JCR: Great Britain: CCJ Presidents reaffirm commitment to CCJ’s core mission. Report
- JCR: Serge and Beate Klarsfeld and the Syria Civil Defense to Each Receive 2019 Museum Elie Wiesel Award. Report
- Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem: Paul VI, first Pope since St. Peter to visit the Holy Land, canonized in Rome. Report
- JCR: Historical Declaration of Friendship Across Religions in the making. Report
- Matthew Thiessen: The Jewish Annotated New Testament, Second Edition. Book review

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

Martin Buber’s Sweet Sacrament of Dialogue

Kenneth P. Kramer* | 31.12.2018

Martin Buber (1878-1965) stands among the most significant philosophers of the 20th century. While many studies have attempted to summarize the scope of Buber’s writings, here I will highlight some key implications of Buber’s basic insight that there exists a deeply reciprocal bond between genuine interhuman dialogue and the divine-human relationship. ... [more]

Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions

The Life of Jesus of Nazareth in the Gospels

Rebecca Denova* | 31.12.2018

The only sources for the life of Jesus of Nazareth are in the canonical gospels (or the gospels that were included in the authorised version of the New Testament). We have no contemporary, eyewitness testimony from the time that he lived and preached in Israel. ... [more]

Articles | Observations & Experiences (170)

What the Bible’s Romans 13 says about asylum – and what Jeff Sessions omitted

Casey Strine* | 30.06.2018

The US attorney general, Jeff Sessions, kicked up a storm when he invoked a line from the Bible to defend the Trump administration’s policy of separating thousands of parents and children during immigration investigations. … [more]

Naming, Growing, and Collaborating

Marcus Braybrooke* | 30.06.2018

What’s in a name? In June, the Three Faiths Forum, founded 21 years ago in the UK, is changing its name to the Faith & Belief Forum. This reflects the way its work has expanded to include people of all faiths and beliefs, both religious and non-religious. Increasingly, the original name was seen as exclusive, and for a time the difficulty was evaded by using the initials ‘3FF.’ … [more]

Rabbi Michael Melchior and his Religious Peace Initiative

Ron Kronish | 31.05.2018

Rabbi Michael Melchior is without doubt the leading interreligious peacebuilder in Israel. For many years now, he has been bringing religious leaders together from within Israel and the region, as well as internationally, and in recent years he has been witness to significant results and much positive progress. … [more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (123)

On This Passover We Ask: Are We Truly Free?

Ron Kronish | 01.04.2018

One of the most famous passages of the Passover seder is called “Ha Lachma Anya — This is the bread of affliction.” It is sometimes referred to as the “invocation.” It is the moment when the leader of the seder welcomes all the guests at the seder, especially those who are in need, and invites them to celebrate Passover with everyone at the table. It is recited and sung in Aramaic, so unless one pays attention to the translation, one can miss the importance of the passage. … [more]

What Did the Faith Community Stand For? Doctrines and Deeds in Nazi Europe

USHMM | 31.12.2017

Examine how different faith communities, including Jehovah's Witnesses, Protestants, and Catholics, reacted in the face of the challenges then—and the questions the history poses today. … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (171)

Elie Wiesel as Theologian

Michaël de Saint-Chéron | 01.12.2018

Please let me begin by commenting on what Jean Duchesne has just quoted from Cardinal Aron Jean-Marie Lustiger. Lustiger held that there are not simply Jews on the one hand, and Christians on the other; there are also baptized Jews. But where does that leave Christians who were born of a Jewish mother, or father, and who turn their backs to Jesus and become Jewish? That was the choice I made. It is as Jew who once was Catholic that I address you today. … [more]

Reconciliation in Judaism and Christianity. A Catholic Persepective

Markus Himmelbauer | 02.11.2018

Lecture given at ICCJ's conference in Budapest ("Towards Reconciliation in a Broken World: Jewish and Christian Contributions to Responsible Citizenship"), 25 June, 2018.[more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

The Pope and the Rabbi

Often, direct person-to-person communication will achieve better results than all formal utterances “about” an issue. This seems to have been the case with a personal exchange of letters in their common language of German, between Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI Joseph Ratzinger and the Chief Rabbi of Vienna Arie Folger. ... [more]