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Articles | Observations & Experiences

Burning of Churches in the Jewish State? Impossible!

Ron Kronish | 02.07.2015

Is it really happening? Are we actually witnessing the burning of churches and mosques on a regular basis in the Jewish state? Impossible! It can't be happening! ... [more]

Statements | Roman Catholic

Interreligious Dialogue: A Duty for all Believers

Pope Francis | 01.07.2015

Address of the Holy Father during an ecumenical and interreligious meetin at the Franciscan International Study Centre, Sarajevo, 6 June 2015. ... [more]

Reports (270)

If Not Now When

Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ), Great Britain | 01.07.2015

June 24th, 2015. Launched today, CCJ’s new initiative If Not Now When aims to develop relationships between Jewish and Christian congregations through a month of spiritual reflection throughout August on one of the key issues facing the Christian community: the persecution of Christians in the Middle East in Iraq and Syria. … [more]

Manchester Nostra Aetate Celebrations

The Council of Christians and Jews (CCJ) | 01.06.2015

May 19th, International faith-leader, Rabbi David Rosen, held 200 people in Manchester Town Hall spellbound on Tuesday 12 May as he spoke vividly on the religious revolution prompted by the Catholic Christian statement, Nostra Aetate. … [more]

New Director of The Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI)

JCR | 01.06.2015

The International Interreligious Council in Israel (ICCJ), a department of Rabbis for Human Rights, ist happy to welcome Yonatan Shefa as the new director of ICCI. … [more]




Book Reviews (67)

According to the Flesh: Sexual Slander as a Tool of Early Christian Anti-Jewish Rhetoric

Gail Labovitz | 01.07.2015

Susanna Drake:
Slandering the Jew: Sexuality and Difference in Early Christian Texts.

University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia 2013
184 pp. $55.00 (cloth) … [more]

Spain’s Jewish Absence

Soledad C. Fox | 01.06.2015

Tabea Alexa Linhard:
Jewish Spain: A Mediterranean Memory.

Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2014.
248 pp. $60.00 (cloth) … [more]

The Experiential Development of Theodor Herzl's Vision

Mark Blum | 01.05.2015

Shlomo Avineri:
Herzl's Vision: Theodor Herzl and the Foundation of the Jewish State.

Translated by Haim Walztman.
Katonah, NY: BlueBridge, 2013.
304 pp. $22.95 (cloth) … [more]




Statements | Protestant (42)

Jerusalem Declaration

Protestant Consultation on Israel and the Middle East (PCIME) | 01.01.2013

Concluding Statement from the Jerusalem Consultation on the Mainline Protestant Churches and the State of Israel (November 5-8, 2012) … [more]

On the relationship of the Protestant churches of Europe to Judaism

Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CEPE) | 01.12.2012

The Community of Protestant Churches in Europe – Leuenberg Church Fellowship has made important statements on these questions both in its foundation document and in two further documents which its member churches have unanimously endorsed. … [more]

Declaration Concerning the Sixtieth Anniversary of the End of the Second World War, May 8, 1945

Seventh-day Adventist Church in Germany and Austria | 01.07.2012

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Statements | Joint Christian-Jewish (47)

Joint Statement of the 22nd International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee Meeting

| 01.11.2013

The 22nd meeting of the ILC took place in Madrid, Spain, from 13-16 October, 2013, hosted by the Spanish Bishops´ Conference and the Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain. … [more]

'As long as you believe in a living God, you must have hope'.

ICCJ | 02.06.2013

Reflections on the Role of Religious and Interreligious Groups in Promoting Reconciliation about and in the Troubled Middle East, Shavuot / Pentecost - 2013/5773 … [more]

Joint Declaration of the 21st International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee Meeting Paris

| 01.11.2012

The 21st meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee (ILC) was held in Paris, France from February 27 – March 2, 2011. … [more]




Statements | Jewish (11)

Manifesto for Combating Religious Extremism

Conference of European Rabbis | 01.03.2015

The threat posed by religious extremists is global, immediate, violent and deeply rooted in issues of identity, theology and faith. Countless governments, think tanks and NGOs spend millions of dollars every year, debating and redeveloping strategies to deal with religious extremism but the Conference of European Rabbis believes that it is religious communities themselves who should carry the burden of responsibility to offer tangible solutions to this intractable global problem. … [more]

Affirming the Image of God

| 30.11.2012

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Ascending towards God

Rabbi David Rosen | 01.12.2011

Address of Rabbi David Rosen, KSG, CBE, International Director of Interreligious Affairs, AJC, October 27, 2011, in Assisi … [more]




Statements | Ecumenical (21)

The Kairos Palastine Document

| 01.08.2010

We, a group of Christian Palestinians, after prayer, reflection and an exchange of opinion, cry out from within the suffering in our country, under the Israeli occupation, with a cry of hope in the absence of all hope, a cry full of prayer and faith in a God ever vigilant, in God's divine providence for all the inhabitants of this land. Inspired by the mystery of God's love for all, the mystery of God's divine presence in the history of all peoples and, in a particular way, in the history of our country, we proclaim our word based on our Christian faith and our sense of Palestinian belonging - a word of faith, hope and love. … [more]

Statement on Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

World Counil of Churches (WCC) | 06.09.2009

1. While the decision of the United Nations (UN) of 1947 (Resolution 181) to establish two states in the land of Palestine was partially achieved with the creation of the state of Israel, the second part of this resolution is still waiting for realization: the establishment of a Palestinian state. … [more]

Holocaust/Shoah: Its Effects on Christian Theology and Life in Argentina and Latin America

First Symposium of Christian Theology, Buenos Aires, May 17, 200 | 07.06.2006

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Statements | Roman Catholic (46)

Pope condemns anti-Semitism and shows solidarity with the Jewish people

Pope Francis | 01.05.2015

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to members of the delegation of the "Conference of European Rabbis", Rome, April 20, 2015. … [more]

Dialogue in Truth and Charity

Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue | 01.07.2014

Pastoral Orientations for Interreligious Dialogue … [more]




Articles | Observations & Experiences (141)

Letter to a Jewish friend

Mohammed Khallouk | 01.06.2015

This summer a remarkable book will be published in Germany's prestigious publishing house "Rimbaud Verlag". It is a travelogue written by the political scientist Mohammed Khallouk, born in Morocco and living in Germany, in which he describes the impressions and experiences of his first visit to Israel. The very special charm of his travel report stems from the fact, that it is written by a Muslim who shows an impressive openess that gives the text a convincingly authentic character. The travelogue ends with a "Letter to a Jewish Friend" that Khallouk wrote after his return from Israel. JCR proudly presents this letter below in an English translation.
(JCR) … [more]

The Future of Christians in the Middle East: A view from the Holy Land

David Neuhaus* | 01.06.2015

Christians in the Middle East must be ‘a voice for justice, peace, pardon, reconciliation and selfless love’, writes David Neuhaus SJ from Jerusalem. The fear that dominates the experience of many Christian communities can only be overcome by understanding, dialogue and faith, he says, all of which are necessary to maintain the Christian presence in the Middle East.[more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (104)

Islam, blasphemy and free speech: a surprisingly modern conflict

Ali Mamouri | 01.07.2015

From the fatwa on author Salman Rushdie to the attack on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, the phenomenon of anti-blasphemy actions continues to be prominent in the Muslim world. … [more]

Leaders in the Modern Jewish-Christian Relationship: Msgr. John M. Oesterreicher (1904 - 1993)

Scarboro Missions | 01.04.2015

Today, there are several dozen centres around the world dedicated to studying the relationship between Christians and Jews. But it was Monsignor John Oesterreicher who deserves the credit for establishing the first of them, creating a new type of institution to reflect a new and very different way of thinking about how Jews and Christians could—and should—relate to each other. … [more]

"Top 10 Things You Must Know About ..."

The Interfaith Observer | 01.03.2015

During the month of February, Religions for Peace USA (RfPUSA) is releasing a series of short educational videos inspired by World Interfaith Harmony Week;(WIHW). The videos are viewable here. … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (143)

Anti-semitism: A wound to be healed

Cardinal Walter Kasper | 01.05.2015

Together with the faith of the Fathers and of the Torah, the Temple of Jerusalem - at least until Titus destroyed it in the year 70 - was the heart of Judaism, with the exception of certain groups such as the Essenes and the Samaritans. … [more]

Towards a Renewed Theology of Christianity's Bond with Judaism

John T. Pawlikowski, OSM | 01.04.2015

Presented to the Annual Conference of the International Council of Christians & Jews Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2014* … [more]

Rabbi Jesus in the Gospel of John

Adele Reinhartz* | 01.03.2015

In November of 2009, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, the Chief Rabbi of the city of Efrat in Israel, was severely criticized for referring to “Rabbi Jesus” in a filmed interview that was subsequently posted on YouTube.{1} In an attempt to calm the storm, Rabbi Riskin subsequently retracted the statement and explained himself as follows: … [more]




Statements | Orthodox (3)

To Recognize Christ in His People: Declaration by a Round Table of Eastern Orthodox Priests and Cultural Representatives

| 01.06.2007

Twelve Eastern Orthodox priests and lay leaders from Greece, Georgia, Italy, Russia, and Ukraine issued this statement at the conclusion of a five-day visit to Jerusalem, April 20-24, 2007. … [more]

Statement by Metropolitan Yuvenali (Russian Orthodox Church)
on the Alleged "Ritual" Nature of the Murder of the Royal Family

Metropolitan Yuvenali | 01.06.2005

In its historical analysis of the Ekaterinburg tragedy, the Commission could not avoid dealing with the question of the so-called ritual murder of the royal family, which continues to be the subject of press articles. … [more]

Communique of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church Regarding Anti-Semitic Posters

| 01.05.2005

Upon learning the facts with regard to the anti-Semitic posters and graffiti that appeared in Belgrade on March 22 of this year, as well as of earlier, similar and in some cases even more blatant, inhumane and malicious demonstrations of prejudice and intolerance toward the Jewish people, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, convened today, March 24, in prayerful memory of the innocent victims of the bombing by the NATO alliance, wishes to communicate the following … [more]




Statements | Interreligious (4)

International Abrahamic Forum condemns German ban on circumcision

International Abrahamic Forum | 10.07.2012

The International Abrahamic Forum is deeply concerned by the recent ban on circumcision by the court in Cologne, Germany. … [more]

Resolution

ICCJ International Abrahamic Forum | 01.11.2011

At its meeting held January 2011 in the Martin Buber House in Heppenheim, Germany, the Executive Board of the International Council of Christians and Jews, implementing the decision taken by the 2010 ICCJ Annual General Meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey, decided to renew its commitment to the Jewish-Christina-Muslim dialogue. During a trilateral consultation, held in Berlin, December 2010, the following proposition was drafted, with which the ICCJ Executive Board unanimously agreed. … [more]

Joint Declaration by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Chief Rabbis of Israel

| 01.10.2006

The Most Revd Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger of Israel met in friendship at Lambeth Palace on 5th September 2006/12th of Elul 5766, to commit themselves to a continuing relationship based on mutual trust and respect. At the end of their meeting they made the following statement.

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Reports

YLC Conference 2015: Beyond Nostra Aetate

Registration is open - Spaces still available for annual conference this year in Rome, June 25th to June 28th - Theme: "Beyond Nostra Aetate: Visioning for the Next Generation" ... [more]