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Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions

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]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

The Perniciousness of Islamophobia: An American Perspective

Reuven Firestone | 01.04.2016

Most thoughtful people recognize that the world is a complicated place. And most also understand that serious and stubborn problems are complex and not easy to solve. One of the most frightening and stubborn problems we face today is the terrible violence and suffering that we observe in the Middle East and North Africa, and which is being exported increasingly to many other parts of the world. ... [more]

Reports (285)

2016 ICCJ Annual Conference in Philadelphia

Anette Adelmann | 01.04.2016

This year's ICCJ conference "The Dynamics of Religious Pluralism in a Changing World" will take place in Philadelphia from July 10-13. The online registration is open - register now and join us in Philadelphia soon! … [more]

Dead Sea Scrolls move into the digital generation

JCR | 01.04.2016

Computer scientists and Dead Sea Scrolls scholars are building a digital work environment for the scrolls, enabling the virtual joining of the "puzzle pieces" of thousands of ancient scrolls fragments found in Judean Desert caves. … [more]

2015 School of Dialogue Gala in Poland

JCR | 01.04.2016

Nearly 1 300 students and teachers from all over Poland, Forum educators, representatives of state authorities and the diplomatic corps, local governments as well as scientific and cultural leaders - gathered at the 2015 School of Dialogue Gala, held in Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Poland, on March 8. Forum for Dialogue organized the annual Gala to celebrate the achievements of students who took part in the School of Dialogue program, discovering the Jewish history of their towns. … [more]




Book Reviews (74)

The Jewish Reception of the Apostle Paul

Michael Kok | 01.04.2016

John G. Gager:
Who Made Early Christianity? The Jewish Lives of the Apostle Paul.

New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.
208 pp. $30.00 (cloth). … [more]

Adloyada: Drunk on the History of Yishuv Purim Celebrations

Rachel S. Harris | 01.03.2016

Hizky Shoham:
Carnival in Tel Aviv: Purim and the Celebration of Urban Zionism.

Brighton: Academic Studies Press, 2014.
275 pp. $59.00 (cloth) … [more]

Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945–1955

Rebecca Clifford | 01.02.2016

Séan Hand, Steven T. Katz:
Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945–1955.

New York: NYU Press, 2015.
256 S. $45.00 (cloth) … [more]




Statements | Protestant (44)

Martin Luther and the Jews. A necessary reminder on the occasion of the Reformation anniversary

Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) | 01.03.2016

Declaration, adopted during the 2nd session of the 12th Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), 8 to 11 November 2015, Bremen … [more]

“…in our time…”

| 01.12.2015

A statement on relations between the Presbytery of Chicago and the Jewish community in metropolitan Chicago. Proposed to the Presbytery of Chicago November 21, 2015 … [more]

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]




Statements | Joint Christian-Jewish (48)

Celebrating and Deepening the New Christian-Jewish Relationship

ICCJ | 01.09.2015

A Statement from the International Council of Christians and Jews on the Golden Jubilee of the Second Vatican Council Declaration, Nostra Aetate 2015 ICCJ Annual Conference in Rome … [more]

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]




Statements | Jewish (13)

To Do the Will of Our Father in Heaven: Toward a Partnership between Jews and Christians

| 01.01.2016

After nearly two millennia of mutual hostility and alienation, we Orthodox Rabbis who lead communities, institutions and seminaries in Israel, the United States and Europe recognize the historic opportunity now before us. We seek to do the will of our Father in Heaven by accepting the hand offered to us by our Christian brothers and sisters. Jews and Christians must work together as partners to address the moral challenges of our era. … [more]

Declaration for the Upcoming Jubilee of Brotherhood

Jean-François Bensahel, Philippe Haddad, Rivon Krygier, Raphy Marciano, and Franklin Rausky | 01.12.2015

On November 23, 2015 at the Collège des Bernardins in Paris, the "Declaration for the Upcoming Jubilee of Brotherhood," signed by various persons of the French Jewish world (Jean-François Bensahel, Rabbi Philippe Haddad, Rabbi Rivon Krygier, Raphy Marciano, Franklin Rausky), was presented by the Chief Rabbi of France, Haim Korsia to Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the Archbishop of Paris. An unofficial English translation of the statement follows.[more]

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]




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 (50)

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis

Pope Francis | 01.02.2016

Visit to the synagoogue of Rome, Sunday, 17 January 2016. … [more]

"THE GIFTS AND THE CALLING OF GOD ARE IRREVOCABLE" (Rom 11:29)

Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews | 01.01.2016

A REFLECTION ON THEOLOGICAL QUESTIONS PERTAINING TO CATHOLIC–JEWISH RELATIONS ON THE OCCASION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF "NOSTRA AETATE" (NO.4) … [more]

Nostra Aetate: Declaration on the Relation of the Church to Non-Christian Religions 50th Anniversary

Catholic Church in Australia | 02.11.2015

Statement, published on 28 July 2015[more]




Articles | Observations & Experiences (148)

Reflections for Easter

Philip A. Cunningham | 01.04.2016

Dear Members of the ICCJ Family, The year 2016 presents the somewhat unusual situation of almost a month interposing itself between the Christian celebration of Pascha/Easter (in the West on March 27) and the Jewish commemoration of Pesach (April 22). … [more]

50 Years of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue -- The Way Forward

Ron Kronish | 02.03.2016

At recent conferences in Toronto, Canada (sponsored by several local groups), and in Utrecht, the Netherlands, (sponsored by the Catholic Council for Church and Judaism) I was asked to offer a response to 50 years of "The Dialogue" since Nostra Aetate, not the response of the Jewish community but just my response, as a rabbi, Jewish educator and activist who has been involved in dialogue and action for the past quarter century. … [more]

A collective responsibility and a moral and historic commitment

Beate Klarsfeld | 01.02.2016

Remarks given on the occasion of the United Nations Holocaust Memorial Ceremony, Wednesday, 27 January 2016, International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. … [more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (110)

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]

Updating Nostra Aetate today

Markus Himmelbauer | 02.11.2015

I am very happy to have the opportunity to join this discussion among such reputable speakers at this podium. Naturally this topic is especially close to my heart as being the Catholic in this setting and the responsibility for my words bears down on me. … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (146)

The Future of the Relationship: Hopes and Expectations

Philip Cunningham and Adam Gregerman | 02.03.2016

Summary report of a dialogical plenary at ICCJ's annual conference in July 2015 in Rome/Italy. … [more]

Spiritual Patrimony. 50 Years after Nostra Aetate

David Sandmel | 02.12.2015

Statement given at ICCJ's 2015 International Conference: "The 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate: The Past, Present, and Future of the Christian-Jewish Relationship". … [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

Building an Interfaith Community- Summer Course 2016

Theme: "People and Faith on the Move: Migration in Judaism, Christianity and Islam and its residental component"; from 25 July - 12 August 2016. ... [more]