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The orchestra in action
The orchestra in action

On Wednesday, 28th of December 2016, the Interfaith Encounter Association joined several organizations in co-sponsoring a concert with the B minor Mass of Johann Sebastian Bach. The concert was performed by the International Choir for Peace, orchestra and soloists, by more than 130 musicians from eight different countries who sang this „opus magnum“ of J.S. Bach under the direction of Maarten van Leer.

 

The event follows a tradition of peace concerts with the B minor Mass, initiated in 1995 by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (1916-2004), who fostered the coming together of different religious traditions during all of his life. He described Jerusalem as the „spiritual heart of the world“. Thus the idea was born to bring this project to Jerusalem during the centennial of his birthday.

 

Nearly 600 people filled the Auditorium. We began with lighting the Hanukkah candles, followed by intentions by four women of different faiths. After each part of the Mass a short prayer was introduced – from Islam, Judaism, Christianity and Buddhism. Finally, the local organizations share with the audience their activity and invited them to join. It was magnificent!!

the audience
the audience
Thanking IEA at the end
Thanking IEA at the end

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In encounter I
In encounter I

More than one hundred participants came to the Finnish Center in Jerusalem: men and women; young and old; religious and secular. Many of them are members in the various groups of Interfaith Encounter Association, or supporters who came to see what IEA is about. They all came to participate in the celebration of the growing movement of building peaceful relations among individuals and communities in the Holy Land through interfaith encounter. 

The first part of the evening we spent in informal meetings between the friends, while enjoying the pastries, drinks and pleasant music prepared for us by the good people of the Finnish Center.  

Later we sat in circles as Dr. Yehuda welcomed us, summarized the achievements of IEA so far and described the plan of the evening. He also thanked the young members who initiated and carried out this wonderful festive evening.  

Then spoke Natan, who lost his wife Daphne six months ago in a terrorist attack. He talked about his belief in the possibility and inevitability of peace, and the importance of the Interfaith Encounter Association work in this regard. He was followed by Sheikh Abu Khalil who spoke on the religious obligation in Islam to strive for peace. 

After that we focused on conversations within the circles. Participants in each of the circle introduced themselves to each other, shared experiences of positive encounter with the "Other" and described the special nature of their groups or how otherwise they relate to IEA. 

We ended with light supper, and fare welled already looking forward to the next time.

In encounter II
In encounter II
In encounter III
In encounter III
Conversations in circles
Conversations in circles
Conversations in circles II
Conversations in circles II

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Interfaith Encounter Association (IEA)

Location: Jerusalem, Israel - Israel
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Project Leader:
Dr. Yehuda Stolov
Executive Director
Jerusalem, Israel

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