From the New Haven Register (HAMDEN, CT)- An interfaith service celebrating the life and legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday had a political focus, as clergy and guest speakers encouraged the congregation to channel the civil rights … Continue reading →
Though awash in news and media full of the Gaza War, there are constant occasions and efforts at harmonious interfaith relations in the region that are less known, but more hopeful. In 2012, a Palestinian-owned tree-processing plant in close proximity … Continue reading →
In response to incidents of anti-Semitism in Europe connected to the Gaza war, The Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands called upon their congregations to champion respect and tolerance. A spokesperson for these Dutch mosque groups explained that they were not trying to ban or forbid criticism of Israel, but that they simply were insisting that even strong opinions “should not be a license for anti-Semitic or anti-Muslim statements or actions.” The spokesperson also said, “all mosques in Netherlands are in agreement about that our behavior should encourage relationships of brotherhood between Islam and Judaism.” This is hopeful.
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It is to be expected that the tragic reality of the Gaza war will give rise to passionate opinions. We pray desperately for peace and healthy life environments for all in the Holy Land. In the mean time, we laud affirmations made by the Council of Mosques and the Union of Moroccan Mosques Netherlands. May their call be heeded. As these groups follow the clear Islamic principle to honor Christians and Jews, “people of the book,” tied together “by a common belief in the God of Abraham.” We pray that all world religions find ways to emphasize our common hopes for good and make small the effects of our differences. It is possible to live as champions of this ideal even in common activities of our day to day lives.
Following the kidnap-murder of three Israeli teens and one Palestinian teen, the families of murdered Israeli teen Naftali Fraenkel and Palestinian teen Mohammad Abu Khudeir have drawn comfort from one another. This past week, the Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat brought to … Continue reading →
On June 12th, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped near the south part of Jerusalem. In response to this tragedy, the Tag Meir forum, a grassroots organization that combats Jewish vandalism that targets Palestinians, assembled an interfaith meeting to pray and … Continue reading →
As seen in Bradford, England, there is indeed power in even small acts of care and reaching out. One never knows when a natural human kindness will translate into something much greater, often when we least expect it. With … Continue reading →
Reuters | By Georgina Prodhan New York Rabbi Marc Schneier won a small but significant victory on a recent visit to Vienna – a promise from the head of Austria’s Islamic community to promote Holocaust education among the country’s half a … Continue reading →
The greatest surprise in the new Pew study of U.S. Jews and Jewish identity, is not the 58 percent intermarriage rate (71 percent among non-Orthodox Jews), the fact that two thirds of U.S, Jews do not belong to a synagogue, … Continue reading →
It is always wonderful to learn more deeply about the faith and culture of others. IRFWP is happy to report on festivities planned for London this Spring http://www.prweb.com/releases/2010/01/prweb3521764.htm Manchester,UK (PRWEB) January 28, 2010 — The first ever Open Jewish Culture … Continue reading →