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Jewish-Christian Dialogue Today

Yehudah Mirsky | 01.03.2011

How do today's Jews and Christians encounter one another? The most obvious way is in the countless interactions of Jewish and Christian colleagues and acquaintances in a host of daily settings, including exchanges on their respective religious attitudes and experiences. More specifically, there are the ties of many evangelical and other Christian groups with the state of Israel. Then there are the formal and by-now common meetings between clergy of the two religious traditions, as well as higher-level institutional ties that resemble a kind of ongoing ecclesiastical diplomacy. There are also collaborations and/or friendly debates among communal representatives on issues of shared concern. … [more]

Tourism, one practical advantage of an Israeli-Palestinian settlement

Marc Gopin | 01.11.2010

Washington, DC - Recent sputtering of a peace process between Israel and Palestine, the termination of Israel's settlement building freeze causing a demise of said peace process - again - has produced a loud, global yawn. What else is new in this endless conflict? Negotiations cannot succeed without a vision, and there is no widely shared vision of peace among these people that could truly spur their politicians forward. … [more]

"The settlers are not the problem"

Chaim Noll and Martin Jehle | 01.11.2010

Shlomo Riskin (born May 28, 1940) was the founding rabbi of Lincoln Square Synagogue on the Upper West Side in New York City, Chief founding rabbi of the Israeli settlement of Efrat in the Judean Hills on the Israeli-administered West Bank, was the dean of Manhattan Day School in New York City, and Founder and Dean of the Ohr Torah Stone Institutions, a network of high schools, colleges, and graduate Programs in the United States and Israel. He belongs to the Modern Orthodox stream of Judaism. The interview was done by the Israeli author Chaim Noll and the German free lanced journalist Martin Jehle.[more]

Talking through walls in NYC

Daniel Tutt | 01.10.2010

Washington, DC - This year, on the ninth anniversary of the 11 September attacks, many Americans were scared that violence would ensue as a result of a planned Qur'an burning and the controversy over an Islamic cultural centre, Park51, in lower Manhattan. Thankfully, the day came and went with no major eruptions of hostility. … [more]

Bishops meeting Rabbis

Hubert Frankemoelle | 01.04.2010

Since 2006 representatives of the Catholic Bishops' Conference and the Protestant Church of Germany have met annually with representatives of the two Rabbinical Conferences of Germany. These discussions have proved useful and have helped to continue the dialogue between Jews and Christians, despite some irritations in recent years. Soon the representatives will meet in Augsburg for a fifth round of talks. [more]

2009 - An Eventful Year of Jewish-Christian Dialogue

Rutishauser SJ, Christian M. | 01.01.2010

In 2009 the Jewish-Christian dialogue was severely disturbed and repeatedly beset by various irritations, not least by the topic of missionizing the Jews. CHRISTIAN M. RUTISHAUSER, head of the department education in Lassalle Haus in Bad Schönbrunn (Switzerland), takes stock against the background of The Twelve Points of Berlin of the International Council of Christians and Jews and the pope"s journey to the Holy Land.[more]

I am liberated by the God of Israel

Marquardt, Friedrich Wilhelm | 01.10.2009

I turned sixteen in early December 1944 and my school class had already shrunk, the oldest one of us already killed in action. During our last school trip he had his call-up papers in his pocket. Our Latin teacher commented ironically: “ Well, Otto, soon you will be getting the Iron Cross.” I never forgot Otto’s answer: ”No Sir, a cross of birch.” … [more]

(Translated) Speech at the closing dinner of the ICCJ Annual Conference in Berlin, on Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Minister of State Hermann Gröhe | 01.09.2009

Dr Weissmann,
Rabbi Brandt,
Participants in the ICCJ Annual Conference,
Ladies and gentlemen,
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Day of Judaism in the Churches of Europe

Violetta Reder | 02.05.2009

In 2009, the Catholic Church in Poland celebrated her 12th Day of Judaism, the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Austria organized the 10th Day of Judaism, while the Catholics in the Netherlands exulted in their 2nd Day of Judaism. An overview. … [more]

Pesach in Israel

Marmur, Dow | 10.04.2009

A radio discussion this Monday morning in anticipation of Pesach: a woman suggested that Israelis are still enslaved because Tel Aviv University recently provided a platform for an Islamist to express strong anti-Zionist views. Had we been truly free we wouldn’t allow him to speak. … [more]