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The Corona pandemic causes great suffering throughout the world. Interfaith Encounter Association activists and its sympathizers around the world have decided to hold a joint interfaith prayer led by religious leaders from the Holy Land - a prayer for the good health of the whole of humanity.

 

On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, Pope Francis urged Christians around the world to pray at noon to overcome the Corona pandemic. On that day, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel called on Jews around the world to pray in the evening for the same purpose. It was especially fitting that on that day we connected the two prayers with interfaith prayer exactly between them.

 

The prayer was led by Sheikh Jamal Aloubra, the Imam of Rahat; Father Rafik Nahra, Vicar of the Hebrew-speaking Catholics in the country; Rabbi Yakov Nagen, Rabbi at the Otniel Yeshiva, and moderated by Carolina Frimer, Community Director of the Interfaith Encounter Association. The interfaith prayer took place through Facebook with 327 people from all over the world. The video of the prayer has since been viewed by many hundreds of other people and you are also invited.

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For the first time, the Interfaith Encounter Association celebrated an event in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in cooperation with Osim Shalom, at the Museum of Islamic Arts. The event was moderated by Carolina, Community Manager of IEA.

 

Dr. Stolov, Executive Director of IEA, greeted participants saying it is natural for IEA to celebrate MLK's legacy which we very much share. As MLK, IEA holds the vision of transformation of the heart towards harmony between people. We also have a dream of all Holy Land people living in harmony of good neighborhood; a dream they will all learn to see their love to the land as uniting them, not separating them; and a dream they will understand we are all brothers and sisters.

 

Ms. Wishman, Director of the American Center in Jerusalem, spoke about Minister Theodore Parker who inspired MLK and many others. He said that the arc of history is long but bends towards justice, but only because of people with indignation and hope who push it towards justice. As Pirkei Avot, a 2000 years' old Jewish text, said: "It is not [incumbent] upon you to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from it".

 

After a most beautiful musical interlude, by Naor and Aaron who played Verdi’s La Traviata, we were honored to host Her Excellency Dr. Shakya, Ambassador of Nepal. Dr. Shakya reviewed MLK's life story, stressing his genius and that he chose to resist racial segregation in a not violent way, influenced by Mahatma Gandhi. Dr. Shakya said that Nepal always wanted to contribute to peace, harmony and non-violence in the world. One day before he was murdered MLK gave a prophetic speech in which he said that we already see the promised land and we will get to the promised land. Hopefully we all learn to join hands and work together for a wonderful world.

 

Rabbi Dr. Roth, Director of Mosaica Religious Peace Initiative and Lecturer at Bar Ilan University, brought a few of MLK quotes and then the quote "Alas, in Heaven’s name! Are we not your brothers? Are we not the sons of one father? Are we not the sons of one mother? Why are we different from every nation and tongue that you issue such decrees upon us?!" which sounds like MLK but is actually 2000 years older - from Yehuda ben Shammu’a in the Talmud. Rabbi Roth explained the story of anti-Jewish decrees by the Romans and how Yehuda ben Shammu’a chose not to surrender on the one hand or start armed rebellion on the other hand, but work from within the Roman system, with advice from a well-connected Roman noblewoman and through nonviolent sitting protest, until the decrees were cancelled.

 

Ambassador Liel shared how he was appointed as the Consul in Atlanta in 1990 and developed connections with MLK Center there, which began with an exhibition of photos from the coming of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Through this connection he met twice with MLK's widow, Coretta Scott King.

 

After screening the famous "I have a dream" speech we had some concluding words.

Mr. Shalev, co-chair of Osim Shalom, brought two quotes from MLK: "darkness cannot drive away darkness, only light can", and: "we must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools".

Mr. Sheiban, Director of the Museum for Islamic Art, shared how happy he was that we chose to hold the event at the museum, and stressed that we have to work together in order to create a better society in Israel.

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Last Thursday we had our first first ever Interfaith Singing Evening!

It was an inspiring and fun evening, with music from different traditions sung in Arabic, Hebrew, English- and even a little Finnish. Around fifty people joined us to celebrate the upcoming holidays and interfaith friendship through music. The IEA band, Wast Al Tarik, gave us an incredible performance, playing Christmas and Hanukkah songs, as well as traditional Arabic songs and some of their own original repertoire.  We thank them and the Felm center for making this great evening happen, and we hope to see you all in our next Interfaith Singing Evening next year. 

We would also like to take the opportunity to wish our Christian friends a Merry Christmas and our Jewish friends a Happy Hanukkah! 

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In 2018, the Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA) persisted in its mission to build and promote peace in the Holy Land by encouraging interfaith dialogue.

Despite the challenges created by the cut of USAID funding to all projects that build bridges between Israelis and Palestinians, IEA facilitated a record number of 414 encounters and events across 101 groups, oversaw the creation or renewal of 11 groups, and engaged an estimated 4,000 people.

Please take a look at this colorful and inspiring document, summarizing the activity of the Interfaith Encounter Association during 2018.

How It Works:

The IEA invites people from different traditional and cultural backgrounds and faiths to join our groups. Within the groups, participants have meaningful encounters which bring them closer to each other. Prejudice, hostility, and suspicion are transformed into direct acquaintance, mutual respect, and friendship. Our groups are both a model for intercommunal relations of appreciation and care, and vehicles to promote them.

Unlike most other dialogue organizations, we work with, rather than around, the deep cultural roots, beliefs and traditions of the peoples of the Middle East. Each encounter is focused on a religious theme and features a carefully planned program of joint study and dialogue. The group then coalesces into a single community that respects the unique identity of each of its “sub-communities” and participants, which helps create a long-term process of grassroots peace-building. By constructively engaging core religious and cultural values, while initially discouraging political conversations that may close off constructive dialogue, our approach successfully involves social and political groups that may feel very uncomfortable with other approaches.

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In 2018, the Interfaith Encounter Association oversaw record number of 414 encounters and events, despite all

the year's events and the challenges they created. The growing commitments was reflected in the fact that our

group roster boasted 101 groups in that year. It is estimated that over four thousand people participated in these

encounters.

Please take a look at this one-page document, summarizing the activity of the Interfaith Encounter Association during 2018.

To see our year-to-year growth, please refer to the graphs at the bottom of the page.

Note: the Data Sheet is a one-page summary of our activity in the past year. It is published every year since 2009 and all past Data Sheets can be seen in our activity page.

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Dr. Yehuda Stolov
Executive Director
Jerusalem, Israel

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