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Articles | Observations & Experiences

Beware of simple answers!

Frank-Walter Steinmeier | 01.05.2015

Speech by Federal Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the University of Tunis El Manar, 24.01.2015 ... [more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

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]

Reports (266)

ICCJ Mourns the Death of former Roman Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff (1915 – 2015)

Anette Adelmann; ICCJ General Secretary | 01.05.2015

While preparing for our Annual Conference in Rome we received the sad news of the death of Rabbi Elio Toaff, Rome’s emeritus Chief Rabbi who passed away on Sunday night eleven days before his hundredth birthday. … [more]

SJU Announces Details of Sculpture to Mark 50 Years of New Catholic-Jewish Relationship

Saint Joseph’s University | 01.05.2015

PHILADELPHIA (April 24, 2015) – Saint Joseph’s University has formally commissioned local artist Joshua Koffman to craft an original sculpture entitled, “Synagoga and Ecclesia in Our Time.” To be situated prominently on the campus near the Chapel of Saint Joseph–Michael J. Smith, S.J. Memorial, Koffman’s preliminary design has been completed and work on the final statue has begun. … [more]

Number of Muslims Worldwide Expected to Nearly Equal Number of Christians by 2050; Religiously Unaffiliated Will Make Up Declining Share of World’s Population

Pew Research Center | 01.05.2015

First-of-Their-Kind Population Growth Projections Examine Future of World Religions Over Next Four Decades. … [more]




Book Reviews (65)

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]

A New Edition of the Works of Eva Jospe: Student and Scholar of Modern Jewish Thought

Sam Brody | 01.04.2015

Raphael Jospe, Dov Schwartz, eds.
Encounters in Modern Jewish Thought: The Works of Eva Jospe. Volume One: Martin Buber.
Brighton: Academic Studies Press, 2013. lxiii + 151 pp. $69.00 (cloth) … [more]

Disputation and Desecration: The Talmud Trial of 1240

Piero Capelli | 01.03.2015

Jean Connell Hoff, John Friedman, and Robert Chazan:
The Trial of the Talmud: Paris, 1240.

Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2012.
ix + 182 pp. $19.95 (paper) … [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 (45)

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]

Address to the President of the State of Israel

Pope Francis | 01.06.2014

Address of Pope Francis during his courtesy visit to the President of the State of Israel at the Presidental Residence in Jerusalem, Monday, 26 May 2014. … [more]




Articles | Observations & Experiences (138)

Faith and Secularism. The New Global Context. A European Perspective

Pinchas Goldschmidt* | 01.04.2015

The twentieth century was the most secular century in history, and it was the bloodiest ever recorded. Two secular ideologies, National Socialism and Communism swept the European continent. National Socialism was destroyed by the Allies and Communism imploded peacefully. The West built a secular post-Christian society, where religion was relegated to the back burner. … [more]

“You should never be a bystander!”

Bartosz Bartyzel, State museum Auschwitz-Birkenau | 02.02.2015

On January 27, about 300 Survivors, witnesses of the history of Auschwitz, have met in front of the Death Gate of the former Birkenau camp in order to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. … [more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (103)

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]

Leaders in the Modern Jewish-Christian Relationship: Rabbi Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972)

Scarboro Missions | 01.01.2015

Arguably one of the most influential Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century, Abraham Joshua Heschel was born in Warsaw on January 11, 1907, the descendant of two prominent rabbinic dynasties. He grew up in a traditional Hasidic family, and studied in a rabbinic seminary before receiving his ordination (smikha) as a rabbi in 1927. … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (143)

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

In Memoriam Dr Jacobus (Coos) Schoneveld (27.1.1934 - 12.3.2015)

Many in the ICCJ family have lost a good friend now that Dr Jacobus Schoneveld has passed away. For many years, Coos Schoneveld pursued the improvement of Jewish-Christian relations, connecting his theological insights with his strong commitment to social and political justice. ... [more]