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Articles | Scholarly Contributions

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]

Reports

ICCJ Conference 2015 in Rome - Registration opened!

Anette Adelmann | 01.03.2015

The ICCJ is excited to announce that online registration for this year’s annual conference in Rome has been officially opened on 27th February, 2015. ... [more]

Reports (262)

ICCJ Board Meets in Vienna: Discussions Centre on Antisemitism and Islamophobia in Europe

Anette Adelmann | 01.03.2015

VIENNA – From Sunday, 25th January to Thursday, 29th January 2015, the Executive Board of the International Council of Christians and Jews met in Vienna. The Board’s winter meeting coincided with the commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, and focussed this year on an in-depth discussion of the state of Antisemitism and Islamophobia across Europe today. … [more]

ICCJ President's Greetings for 2015

Philip A. Cunningham | 01.02.2015

Dear Members of the ICCJ Family, Our Member Organizations and Friends, and Everyone Who Works to Build Understanding and Solidarity between Jews and Christians and among all religions, … [more]




Book Reviews (63)

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]

Resistance: Jews and Christians Who Defied the Nazi Terror

Kevin Hall | 01.02.2015

Nechama Tec:
Resistance: Jews and Christians Who Defied the Nazi Terror.

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
256 pp. $27.95 (cloth) … [more]

American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War

Jessica M. Parr | 01.01.2015

Eran Shalev:
American Zion: The Old Testament as a Political Text from the Revolution to the Civil War.
New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.
x + 239 pp. $28.00 (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 (44)

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]

Address to the two Chief Rabbis of Israel

Pope Francis | 01.06.2014

Address of Pope Francis to the two Chief Rabbis of Israel during his courtesy visit at the Heichal Shlomo Center next to the Jerusalem Great Synagogue, Jerusalem, Monday, 26 May 2014 … [more]




Articles | Observations & Experiences (136)

“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]

"There is no German identity without Auschwitz"

Joachim Gauck | 02.02.2015

Federal President Joachim Gauck on the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of National Socialism on 27 January 2015 at the German Bundestag in Berlin: … [more]

Holocaust Memorial Day

Philip A. Cunningham | 01.02.2015

Address given on the occasion of the commemoration ceremony of Holocaust Remembrance Day, Vienna, Austria, 27 January 2015 … [more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (102)

"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]

Milestones in Modern Catholic-Jewish Relations

Compiled by Sr. Lucy Thorson, NDS and Murray Watson | 01.12.2014

Beginning in the wake of the Second World War and the Shoah (Holocaust), Christians around the world have been engaged in a dramatic re-thinking of their relationship to Judaism and the Jewish people. The result has been a wonderful flourishing of dialogue and interfaith activity between these two ancient faith traditions, on the local, national and international levels. … [more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (141)

Tselem: Toward an Anthropopathic Theology of Image

David Blumenthal | 02.01.2015

"If we are created in God's image (tselem), what is God like?" Theologians and psychologists alike ask this question, but their answers couldn't be more different. … [more]

Contemporary Ethical and Religious Challenges to Religion

Rabbi Dr. Eugene Korn* | 02.10.2014

The subject of the contemporary ethical and religious challenges to religion haunts me, throwing me into countless days of reflection and causes me many sleepless nights. There is no question that religion is on the defensive in all places where modern values have crept in—values like pluralism, scientific skepticism, this-worldliness, autonomy and individualism. In the contemporary cultures of Europe and America, religion is often seen as incompatible with these pervasive values. As a result, religious institutions seem to be losing the battle culturally in nearly all communities whose members refuse to isolate themselves by retreating to self-imposed ghettos. … [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

The First Ever Hindi Play on the Holocaust

As an intern of the Society for Social Regeneration & Equity (SSRE), Rajat Prajapati, a final year student of BTech+MBA dual degree programme, staged a play set in the backdrop of the Holocaust, written and directed by him, at his institution, Gautam Buddha University, on 15th January, 2015, under the auspices of the SSRE’s Holocaust Education Project. ... [more]