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IJCIC, Representing World Jewry in Interreligious Dialogue, Elects Rabbi Noam Marans as Chair
Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, has been elected Chair of IJCIC, the International Jewish Committee for Interreligious Consultations.
To Defend Jewish Interests, Engage Across Differences
Contrary to what a few strident voices would have us believe, Muslim-Jewish relations in the United States are flourishing.
AJC Convenes Community of Conscience to Combat Hate, Violent Rhetoric
Seeking to eradicate the hateful and divisive rhetoric that has poisoned the nation’s political discourse and spawned acts of violence in houses of worship, AJC has called on Americans to join its Community of Conscience.
AJC Unveils the Community of Conscience at a Landmark Event
At AJC Global Forum 2019, AJC unveiled its groundbreaking Community of Conscience initiative.
AJC CEO David Harris Speaks About the Urgency of the Community of Conscience initiative
AJC CEO David Harris discussed why all people of good conscience must join together to stand united against hate and violence and celebrate pluralism and diversity at the unveiling of AJC's groundbreaking Community of Conscience initiative.
Circle of Friends Repairs Relationship Damage
The Leaders Academy, a school housed in the mosque, recently allowed a children’s Arabic language performance about the “liberation of Palestine,” in which students danced to a song promoting gruesome violence and recited passages praising martyrdom. Educating children to lionize violence is clearly a danger.
What Farrakhan’s Antisemitism Means for Black-Jewish, Catholic Jewish Ties
Days after Facebook banned Louis Farrakhan for his antisemitic posts on its platform, a controversial Roman Catholic priest at a predominately black parish in Chicago invited the Nation of Islam leader to his pulpit. His tolerance of antisemitism belies significant strides in Jewish Catholic relations and underscores that there is much work to be done in Black-Jewish relations.
AJC Joins Polish Religious Leaders in Interfaith Service for Terror Victims in New Zealand, Sri Lanka and United States
Poland Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich, with AJC Central Europe assistance, held an interfaith service in memory of the victims of recent terror attacks in New Zealand, California, and Sri Lanka.
Muslim-Jewish Coalition Condemns Poway Synagogue Shooting, Calls for Hearings on White Supremacism
The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council (MJAC) condemns the heinous shooting at Chabad of Poway, California on the last day of Passover that left one congregant dead and three injured, including the synagogue’s rabbi.
Muslim World League, American Jewish Committee Memorandum of Understanding Paves Way for Most Senior Islamic Delegation Ever to Visit Auschwitz
His Excellency, Dr. Mohammad Abdulkarim Al-Issa, Secretary General of the Muslim World League, will become the most senior Islamic leader to visit the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. The trip is a key element of a historic memorandum of understanding signed by Dr. Al-Issa and American Jewish Committee CEO David Harris today at AJC headquarters.
AJC Donating Funds to Help Rebuild Black Churches in Louisiana
American Jewish Committee (AJC) has donated funds to help rebuild three historically black churches in Louisiana destroyed in a series of arson attacks.
AJC Donating Funds to Help Rebuild Notre Dame
American Jewish Committee (AJC) announced today that it will donate funds to help repair Notre Dame Cathedral, severely damaged in a massive fire.
Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council Holds Action Day in Washington
The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council (MJAC) conducted a series of high-level meetings in the nation’s capital on combatting hate crimes and promoting civil discourse.
AJC Welcomes Appointment of New Washington Archbishop
American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomes Pope Francis’s appointment of Archbishop Wilton Gregory to head the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
AJC Launches National “Listening Tour” to Advance Muslim-Jewish Relations
An American Jewish Committee (AJC) delegation has visited the nation’s capital for a series of meetings to deepen engagement with American Muslim communities, institutions and leaders.
Pope Francis Receives AJC Leadership Delegation at Vatican, Strongly Denounces Antisemitism
American Jewish Committee (AJC) President John Shapiro led a leadership delegation during a private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican today.
AJC Welcomes Pope’s Decision to Open Pius XII Archives
American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomes today’s announcement by Pope Francis that the Vatican Archives, for the period of Pope Pius XII, will be open to researchers beginning in March 2020.
Why the Attempted Attack on Islamberg Should Alarm Jews, Too
While none of the many Jewish bungalow colonies in the nearby Catskill Mountains have been falsely maligned as a “terrorist training camp” as Islamberg has, American Jews should be alarmed by both the false accusations and the plot to violently attack the community.
Latter-day Saints Apostle Visits AJC Headquarters
Elder Quentin L. Cook, an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, visited AJC headquarters today to meet with senior leadership of the global Jewish advocacy organization.
Chanukah Miracles in the UAE
The Abu Dhabi conference was surely a significant indicator of an increasingly positive view on engagement with Jewry on the part of religious and political authorities in the region.
AJC Delegation in Morocco Confers with Senior Officials, Advances Muslim-Jewish Dialogue
Deepening ties with a land that has been home to Jews for two millennia, an AJC leadership delegation concluded a weeklong visit to Morocco that included consultations with senior government officials, Jewish community leaders, and civil society partners – and a series of lectures, roundtables and special events in three cities that focused on advancing Muslim-Jewish understanding.
Islam and Religious Freedom
All faiths and religious practices are under assault when anti-Muslim advocates pretend that Islam is not a religion and use this fallacious argument to deny American Muslims the rights extended to Americans of all faiths.
AJC Praises President Trump Signing of Bill to Protect Religious Institutions
“The solid bipartisan support for the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2018 is a reaffirmation of our freedom, enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, to exercise religion, to practice one’s faith unhindered and without fear,” said Jason Isaacson.
AJC Praises U.S. Senate Adoption of Bill to Protect Religious Institutions
This important legislation, which we ask President Trump to sign into law promptly, provides for new and strengthened measures to deter, as well as punish, perpetrators of attacks on religious institutions.
Ari Gordon Named AJC Director of U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations
Ari Gordon has been named Director of U.S. Muslim-Jewish Relations for AJC (American Jewish Committee), the global Jewish advocacy organization.
AJC Commends Episcopal Church Rejection of Israel Divestment, Expresses Concern on Other Issues
AJC commends the Episcopal Church for once again rejecting divestment directed against Israel, but expresses concern regarding open hostility toward Israel in other resolutions. The Episcopal Church is concluding its 79th triennial General Convention, held in Austin, Texas, at which these anti-Israel proposals were addressed.
AJC: Presbyterians Continue with BDS, Reject Curtailing Dialogue with Israel Supporters
AJC regrets that the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), at its biennial General Assembly (GA), reaffirmed its support for BDS by adopting a measure opposing anti-BDS legislation.
Conversation with Yahya Cholil Staquf
Yahya Cholil Staquf, who heads the world’s largest Muslim organization, discusses the importance of interreligious dialogue and the quest for improving Muslim-Jewish ties in a conversation with Rabbi David Rosen, AJC International Director of Interreligious Affairs.
The Presbyterian Church has been hijacked by anti-Israel activists
Since 2004, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has engaged in a biennial ritual of obsessive, relentless anti-Israel demonization. The church’s upcoming General Assembly in St. Louis will be no exception.
AJC Questions Papal Decree to Canonize Polish Cardinal Hlond
In a letter to the Vatican, AJC has expressed profound concerns regarding the Pope’s announcement recognizing Cardinal August Hlond, the Polish Primate during World War II, as having “heroic virtues” – a stage towards being made a saint.
Leader of World’s Largest Muslim Organization to Address AJC Global Forum in Jerusalem
Yahya Cholil Staquf, General Secretary of the world’s largest Muslim organization, the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Supreme Council, will address the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Global Forum in Jerusalem.
AJC Praises Senate Judiciary Committee Action to Protect Religious Institutions
AJC praised the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing today the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2018.
AJC Mourns Passing of Rev. Billy Graham
AJC mourns the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, a longtime friend of the organization, who died today at age 99.
Evangelicals and Israel
Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Israel last week and was warmly received. Throughout his political career, Pence has cited his Evangelical faith as the foundation of his support for the Jewish state. Our guests are McKay Coppins, staff writer for The Atlantic, who recently profiled Pence for the magazine, as well as Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations. Join us as we examine the dynamics undergirding Evangelical support for Israel.
Druze Spiritual Leader Visits AJC Headquarters
Sheikh Moafaq Tarif, the spiritual leader of the Druze community, delivered today an urgent plea for the safety of the Druze community in Syria.
AJC Mourns Passing of LDS President Thomas Monson
AJC stands with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in mourning the passing of Thomas Monson, who served as LDS President since 2008.
Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council Praises Passage of Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act
The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council praises the passage of the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017 (H.R. 1730) by the U.S. House of Representatives.
Muslim Jewish Advisory Council Statement on FBI Hate Crimes Report
The Muslim Jewish Advisory Council, reacting to the just-released FBI report on hate crimes, said the continued increase in hate crimes in the United States demands a public policy response.
AJC ACCESS Convenes Muslim-Jewish Seminar in Morocco
A delegation of ACCESS leaders, AJC’s young leadership program, from the United States, Brazil, and Israel returned this week from a mission to Morocco where they met with government officials, business executives, and civil society activists.
On Luther and His Lies
As the Reformation's 500th anniversary nears, Christians are contending with Luther's violently anti-Jewish writings.
Kairos Palestine and the unholy crusade against Israel
Over the last decade, a number of mainline Protestant Churches, including some with a significant presence in New England, have adopted resolutions harshly critical of Israel. During the summer two more were passed by the United Church of Christ and the Disciples of Christ.
What’s Past Is Prologue: a Jewish Reflection on Charlottesville
When Jews confront the present and prepare for the future, they are always mindful of the past.
When torch-bearing neo-Nazi white supremacists chant, “Jews will not replace us,” and a threatening contingent move on to a Charlottesville synagogue, the low points of American Jewish history flash before our eyes.
AJC National Affairs Director Addresses Global Religious Freedom Conference
Addressing the International Religious Freedom Association (IRFA), Richard Foltin, AJC’s Director of National and Legislative Affairs, warned that the rise in hate crimes across the U.S. and activities of neo-Nazis and white nationalists threatens American society values and structures that have long assured security for the nation’s minorities and guaranteed religious freedom.
Jews and Christians Reflect on Protestant Reformation’s 500th Anniversary
AJC and Germany Close Up (GCU) co-sponsored a two-day seminar in Wittenberg, Germany for young American Jews and German Christians to study and reflect upon Martin Luther’s anti-Jewish legacy and productive Christian denominational efforts to grapple with his anti-Judaism during the recent decades of Christian-Jewish dialogue.
U.S. Christian Leaders Complete Yearlong Study of Judaism in Israel
Twenty-two prominent U.S. Christian leaders are in Jerusalem for the final phase of an intensive 13-month educational program on Judaism and Israel, part of the Christian Leadership Initiative (CLI), a partnership of AJC and the Shalom Hartman Institute.
Ramadan is a time to build bridges
Ramadan provides our community with an opportunity to build multicultural bridges.
Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council Urges Congress to Adopt Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act
The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council today urged members of Congress to pass the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017.
How a prayer room used by Muslim students supports religious liberty for all
For the past seven years, Muslim students at Liberty High School have been able to use a vacant classroom for prayer services initiated and led by the students. Read about their struggle to maintain religious freedom in the face of politicized prejudice by Texas officials.
Muslim Jewish Advisory Council Meets Members of Congress, Discusses Hate Crimes
The Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council held its second ever meeting today in Washington, D.C., convening to discuss hate crime legislation, immigration issues, refugee resettlement, and more. The Council elaborated on its concerns in an "open letter" to Congress.
Exclusive AJC eBook - The Pope Francis Effect and Catholic-Jewish Relations
In evaluating the trajectory of Catholic-Jewish Relations in the Pope Francis era, one picture is worth a
thousand words. Pope Francis has identified Marc Chagall’s White Crucifixion as one of his favorite paintings.2 In the aftermath of Kristallnacht in 1938, when hundreds of European synagogues were torched, foreshadowing greater evil yet to come, Chagall artistically interpreted the threat of Nazism within the continuum of antisemitism.
AJC Mourns Passing of Cardinal Edward Egan
AJC mourns the passing of His Eminence Cardinal Edward Egan and offers comfort and consolation to the leadership and constituents of the Archdiocese of New York, where he served as Archbishop from 2000-2009. He was elevated to Cardinal by His Holiness Pope John Paul II in 2001.
AJC Deplores Attack on West Bank Mosque
AJC condemned an overnight attack on a mosque in the West Bank village of Aqraba. Graffiti, including the words “price tag” and the name of a nearby Israeli settlement, Tapuah, were spraypainted on the mosque.
AJC: Christians, Yazidis Face ISIS Threats of Extermination
AJC is calling on world leaders to urgently focus on the rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq, due to the advances of the ISIS terrorist organization, which aims to wipe out any population it deems heretical.
AJC: Presbyterian Divestment A Breach with Jews, Undermines Israeli-Palestinian Peace
AJC called today’s Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) decision to divest from major companies doing business with Israel a setback for efforts to attain a negotiated, sustainable Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, and a breach with a Jewish community committed to Jewish-Christian relations.
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