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Statement by the Director-General of UNESCO on the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Irina Bokova | 01.01.2017

Paris, 14 October 2016 — “As I have stated on many occasions, and most recently during the 40th session of the World Heritage Committee, Jerusalem is the sacred city of the three monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It is in recognition of this exceptional diversity, and this cultural and religious coexistence, that it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. … [more]

ICCJ 2017 Conference: Reforming, Rereading, Renewing

Anette Adelmann | 01.12.2016

Preparations for ICCJ's 2017 annual conference to be held in Bonn/Germany, July 2-5, are under way. The theme of next year's conference is "Reforming, Rereading, Renewing: Martin Luther and 500 Years of Tradition and Reform in Judaism and Christianity". … [more]

No to a mission to the Jews

JCR | 01.12.2016

The Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) convened in Magdeburg for four days - on topics including solidarity in Europe, mission to the Jews and also Donald Trump. By the time it ended on 9 November it had taken numerous decisions. One of the most important was the decision to reject any mission to the Jews. … [more]

Religious Leaders’ Summit for Peace in the Middle East: “Religion can no longer be an obstacle”

Myriam Ambroselli | 01.12.2016

ALICANTE – An interreligious meeting was held on November 14-16, 2016 in Spain, which brought together Jewish, Christian and Muslim religious leaders. At the heart of the debate is the responsibility of religious leaders in the construction of peace in the Middle East. They reiterated their appeal against violence and incitement to hatred between religions. … [more]

In Memoriam Sir Sigmund Sternberg

Dick Pruiksma | 01.11.2016

This week Sir Sigmund Sternberg, patron of the International Council of Christians and Jews and (co-) founder of the Three Faiths Forum, one of the ICCJ’s members in the United Kingdom, passed away at the age of 95. … [more]

Shimon Peres - a visionary of peace and dialogue died at the age of 93

JCR | 01.10.2016

Shimon Peres, former prime minister and president of Israel, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the age of 93 following a stroke. … [more]

CCJR and ICCJ Conclude Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

JCR | 01.10.2016

ICCJ 2016 CCJR webThe Council of Centers on Jewish-Christian Relations (CCJR) and the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ) held their combined 2016 meetings in Philadelphia, USA, July 10 – 13. The CCJR is the ICCJR's United States member organization. The event was hosted by the Institute for Jewish-Catholic Relations of Saint Joseph’s University (SJU). … [more]

"Europe without Jews would no longer be Europe"

JCR | 01.10.2016

27.09.2016 - The current situation in Europe of Anti-Semitism and future prospects for Europe’s Jewish communities were debated at a conference hosted by EP President Martin Schulz and First Vice-President Antonio Tajani on Tuesday. … [more]

New Initiative in Latin America Seeks to Promote Jewish-Muslim Dialogue

Nike Snijders, Communications Officer ICCJ | 01.09.2016

On June 2, a new initiative named the “Latin American Center for Studies, Dialogue and Encounters of Judaism and Islam” was launched in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the presence of both Jewish and Muslim officials. ICCJ Executive Board member Rabbi Shmuel Szteinhendler was present to bless the event. … [more]

International Religious Freedom Report for 2015

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor / U.S. State Department | 01.09.2016

Executive Summary … [more]