Rabbi Marc Schneier is chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section and President and Founder of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) and as one of the leading voices in the field of intergroup relations, reconciliation and understanding, Rabbi Schneier promotes dialogue and cooperation among the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith communities. He has been honored by the United States Congress and the State of Israel as an advocate for human and civil rights and religious and ethnic tolerance.
Ibrahim Issa is the the Co-Director of Hope Flowers School, located in Palestinian territory. As small independent school, Hope Flowers is unique in the Palestinian territories in that it has a remarkable educational philosophy. It has a special curriculum dedicated to peace, democracy, human rights, conflict-resolution and understanding. The school also hosts meetings and programmes for local people and parents to discuss issues regarding their children’s education as well as general topics such as women’s rights, democracy, health and other community concerns.
Rabbi Marc Raphaël Guedj is the President of the Geneva-based interreligious Foundation 'Racines Et Sources' (roots and well-springs), bringing rabbis and imams together to work for peace. He is the former Chief Rabbi of Geneva’s traditional Jewish congregation. Rabbi Guedj is a member of the Editorial Committee of the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace, UNESCO.
Faouzi Skali is an anthropologist and ethnologist; professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Fes, Morocco, an author of many publications including "La Voie Soufi" (The Soufi Path) and "Traces de Lumiere" (Traces of Light), Initiator of the Mediterranean Institute for Dialogue Project and Director of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. Dr. Skali has coordinated a colloquium to follow the festival called Giving Soul to Globalization, a meeting place for humanitarians and international leaders in the business world to work together to develop more space for spirituality in the working world. He was designated in 2001, by the UN, among seven world personalities having contributed to the Dialogue of Civilisations.
The first ever 'MJC' finds itself under the official patronage of the President of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer.
Furthermore we are happy to provide you with a list of the members of our Honorary Committee:
Rabbi Marc Schneier, chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section, founder and president of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, and the founding rabbi of The Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, New York and the New York Synagogue in Manhattan
Patricia Kahane, President of the 'Karl Kahane Foundation'
Ibrahim Issa, Co-Director of Hope Flowers School which is unique in the Palestinian territories in that it has a remarkable educational philosophy. It has a special curriculum dedicated to peace, democracy, human rights, conflict-resolution and understanding as well as general topics such as women’s rights, democracy, health and other community concerns.
Dr Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna
Dr Alois Mock former vice-chancellor and foreign minister of Austria, former President of the International Democratic Union (IDU), founder of the Central European Initiative (CEI)
Dipl Ing Dr Franz Fischler, former European Union's Commissioner (1995-2004) and former Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry in Austria. Expert on international food crisis and development and advocat of the Un Millennium Development Goals
Prof Eveline Goodman-Thau, first orthodox woman rabbi and founder the Hermann Cohen Academy in Buchen (Odenwald); as its director she organizes conferences and learner's seminaries, especially for Jewish women
Abbas Khider, award winning iraqi-german writer (a.o. honorary certificate iraqi-International Cultic Studies Association (I.C.S.A.))
André Heller, Austrian actor, songer and author
Dr Zeynep Taluy-Grossruck, former Director of UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), Private Sector Development Branch
Mag Dr Jameleddine Ben Abdeljelil, Department of Near Eastern Studies - University of Vienna
Susanne Scholl, Austrian Journalist and writer, former Head of the ORF bureau in Moscow
Josef Hader, Austrian comedian and actor
The ‘Muslim Jewish Conference’ is officially endorsed by the ‘United Nations Alliance of Civilisations’ (UNAOC) and the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The project is partly financed by the ‘Karl Kahane Foundation’ and the 'Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace' as well as by private donors.
We opened our registration to 60 attendees and are delighted to have 60 attendees confirmed for the first ever MJC with an equal number of Jewish and Muslim participants. These attendees are mostly students from Universities around the world and young individuals active in interfaith projects themselves. Part of the MJC organizing team are also a 4 times Harvard World Model United Nations Chair, the former president of the Lahore Model United Nations as well as the founder of Eurasiamun in Geneva. Our participants will travel all the way from countries like Venezuela, Nigeria, Turkey, Egypt, Israel, Indonesia.. to Vienna, pursuing the common goal of establishing peaceful relations between both religions. Some institutions our attendees are coming from are: Council of Religious Institutions of the Holy Land (CRIHL), African United Youth Association, The Zedaka - Sadaqah Project, Interfaith Encounter Association, European Union of Jewish Students, Woolf Institute of Abrahamic Faiths, University of Cambridge, Arab World Center for Democratic Development (UNIHRD).
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