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Reports

Dr. Moshe Kantor bestows Golden Vision award on Pope Francis

European Jewish Congress | 01.03.2020

(Rome, Friday, 14 February 2020) – In a private meeting with Pope Francis in the Vatican today, Dr. Moshe Kantor, President of the World Holocaust Forum Foundation and the European Jewish Congress, discussed focusing future World Holocaust Forums on the ethical and moral issues of the day, like rising extremism and manifestations of hatred, refugees, education and global inequality. ... [more]

Articles | Scholarly Contributions

The New Anti-Zionism and the Old Anti-Semitism: Transformations

Raphael Jospe* | 01.03.2020

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Reports (393)

2020-2021 CARDINAL BEA CENTRE SCHOLARSHIPS

JCR | 01.03.2020

The Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies is pleased to announce scholarships for students who will register to the 2-year Postgraduate Degree Program in “Judaism and Christian-Jewish Relations” for the Academic Year 2020-2021. … [more]

Anti-Semitic Stereotypes Persist in America, Survey Shows

Anti-Defamation League (ADL) | 01.02.2020

New ADL poll found 19 percent of Americans think “Jews Still Talk Too Much” about the Holocaust; Belief in dual loyalty trope and “Jews killed Christ” myth remains disturbingly high … [more]




Book Reviews (103)

Levinas and the Torah

Matthew LaGrone | 01.03.2020

Levinas and the Torah: A Phenomenological Approach.
SUNY Series in Contemporary Jewish Thought. Albany: SUNY Press, 2019. 384 pp. $95.00 (cloth) … [more]

Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus

Simon J. Joseph | 01.01.2020

Matthias Henze:
Mind the Gap: How the Jewish Writings between the Old and New Testament Help Us Understand Jesus.

(Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2017), 248 pages … [more]

Mysteries of Judaism

Raphael Jospe* | 01.11.2019

Israel Drazin:
Mysteries of Judaism.

Jerusalem/Israel: Gefen Publishing House, 192 pp., $ 19,71 … [more]




News (2)

Antisemitism is toxic to democracy and must be addressed, says expert

United Nations | 01.11.2019

GENEVA (17 October 2019) – Antisemitism is toxic to democracy and poses a threat to all societies if left unaddressed, warned the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed. … [more]

Canadian Rabbinic Caucus and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops: Bilateral dialogue holds biannual meeting

JCR | 31.12.2017

Tuesday, December 05 2017 - The national bilateral dialogue of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Rabbinic Caucus met for its biannual meeting on 29 November 2017 at the Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Montreal. … [more]




Statements | Protestant (47)

God’s Unfailing Word

Church of England | 01.12.2019

Published November 2019 by the Faith and Order Commission of the Church of England. … [more]

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation

The United Protestant Church of Belgium* | 31.01.2017

This letter to the President of the Central Israelite Consistory in Belgium, Mr. Philippe Markiewicz LL.M., was read by the President of the United Protestant Church in Belgium, Rev. Steven H. Fuite, on Thursday, December 1st 2016, in the Great Synagogue in Brussels during the 6th annual colloquium of the group “Juifs et chrétiens, engageons-nous!” (“Jews and Christians, let us commit ourselves!”). The colloquium was attended by more than 200 people who discussed recent statements on Jewish-Christian relations. … [more]

"… he keeps faith forever." (Psalm 146:6)

Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany | 30.11.2016

Declaration of the 12th Synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany in its 3rd Session. … [more]




Statements | Joint Christian-Jewish (54)

ICCJ Statement on the Global Ecological Crisis

ICCJ Executive Board | 01.10.2019

For Christians around the world September 1, the "Day of Prayer for Creation", marks the beginning of the "Season of Creation", an ecumenical initiative of the Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant, and Anglican churches that runs through October 4, the Feast of St. Francis.
The ICCJ Executive Board decided upon the following statement on the global ecological crisis:
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The Demands of Our Time

ICCJ | 02.03.2019

Looking with alarm and revulsion upon the current resurgence of antisemitism in many countries the ICCJ publishes a statement entitled "The Demands of Our Time" … [more]

The Dignity of the Human Being. Children in Jewish and Catholic Teaching

| 30.11.2018

16th Bilateral Commission Meeting of the Delegations of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Holy See’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. … [more]




Statements | Jewish (14)

Between Jerusalem and Rome - כלל ופרט בין ירושלים לרומי

The Conference of European Rabbis[*] and The Rabbinical Council of America[**] | 31.01.2017

The Shared Universal and the Respected Particular. Reflections on 50 Years of Nostra Aetate. … [more]

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

| 31.12.2015

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 | 30.11.2015

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]




Statements | Ecumenical (21)

The Kairos Palastine Document

| 31.07.2010

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) | 05.09.2009

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 | 06.06.2006

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Statements | Roman Catholic (68)

No to anti-Semitism and political manipulation of the truth

Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE) | 01.02.2020

Statement from the Council of European Bishops'Conferences (CCEE) and the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Union (COMECE) on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the German Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. … [more]

Once more I firmly condemn every form of antisemitism

Pope Francis | 01.02.2020

Address of his Holiness Pope Francis to a delegation of the "Simon Wiesenthal Center", Consistory Hall, Monday, 20 January 2020. … [more]

A theology of welcoming and dialogue

Pope Francis | 01.07.2019

Address of His Holiness at the meeting on the theme "Theology after Veritatis Gaudium in the context of the Mediterranean", Naples, 21 June 20109. … [more]




Articles | Observations & Experiences (185)

No to antisemitism! No to hatred!

Frank-Walter Steinmeier | 01.02.2020

Federal President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Fifth World Holocaust Forum "Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism" at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem/Israel, on 23 January 2020. … [more]

How Auschwitz Has United Muslims and Jews

Mohammad Al-Issa and David Harris* | 01.02.2020

We come from very different backgrounds. One of us is a Muslim, born and raised in Saudi Arabia, a country where Islam is the official religion and the vast majority of the population shares the same faith. There is no local Jewish community and no direct connection to World War II. … [more]

Can the Descendants of Isaac and Ishmael learn to live together?

Ron Kronish | 01.12.2019

In recent weeks, in synagogue we have read the stories of the birth of Ishmael—a son of Abraham– who becomes the father of the Muslim people—and that of Isaac, another son of Abraham, who becomes one of the patriarchs of the Jewish People—in chapters 21 and 22 of Genesis, as part of the Torah portion known as “Vayeire”. … [more]




Articles | Fundamentals & Introductions (129)

What is a bar mitzvah?

Jonathan D. Sarna* | 01.03.2020

It is a common scene on many a Saturday morning in cities and towns across the United States to see seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls, a few not Jewish at all, gather in synagogues and temples to watch a classmate’s bar mitzvah. … [more]

Has the Way Christians See Themselves Been Affected by Their New Relationship with Jews?

Philip A. Cunningham* | 01.01.2020

Lecture given at the ICCJ 2019 conference, July 1, Lund, Sweden. … [more]

Rabbi Dr. Michael A. Signer (1945-2009)

| 01.05.2019

Ten Years ago on January 10, 2009, Rabbi Michael Signer, one of the most outstanding figures of Jewish-Christian relations of recent times, died after a long battle against cancer. He was as one of the four authors of the groundbreaking 2000 statement Dabru Emet, subtitled “A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity”. In memory of his person and his work, the following biographical sketch is published.*[more]




Articles | Scholarly Contributions (180)

Anti-Eschatology: Maimonides on the Messianic Era and the World to Come

Raphael Jospe* | 02.01.2020

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New Clothing, Old Hatred: Changes and Transformations of Antisemitism

Alan Berger | 01.12.2019

Lecture given at the 2019 ICCJ International Conference, Lund, Sweden.[more]




Statements | Orthodox (3)

To Recognize Christ in His People: Declaration by a Round Table of Eastern Orthodox Priests and Cultural Representatives

| 31.05.2007

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 | 31.05.2005

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

| 30.04.2005

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 (7)

Declaration of the 10th World Assembly of Religions for Peace

Religions for Peace | 01.09.2019

Lindau, Germany, 23 August 2019 … [more]

The specific multi-religious character of Jerusalem / Al-Quds Acharif must be protected

| 01.05.2019

Appeal by His Majesty King Mohammed VI and His Holiness Pope Francis regarding Jerusalem / Al-Quds the Holy Citiy and a place of encounter. Issued during the apostolic journey of Pope Francis to Marocco, 30-31 March, 2019. … [more]

Israel, Palestinians & Mid-East

| 31.12.2016

Declaration of the Spain Summit for Religious Peace in the Middle East … [more]

Reports

Director of the Passion Play in Oberammergau is honored for his work against anti-Semitism

Christian Stückl is awarded the Abraham Geiger Prize. Stückl renewed the Oberammergau Passion Play: away from Christian hatred of the Jews towards a balanced representation of inner-Jewish conflicts, the jury explained. ... [more]