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Parashat Vayishlach: The Embrace between Esau & Jacob

1 Comment 29 November 2017

Reconciliation between Jacob and Esau seemed unlikely, but it happened nevertheless. In his dvar Torah to Parashat Vaylishlach, Rabbi Ron Kronish encourages us to remember that even when peace seems so distant, reconciliation is indeed possible. Continue Reading


Big thanks to all who came out to see Rabbi Kronish & Mayor Jabber!

1 Comment 06 November 2016

Thanks to everyone in the USA who got the chance to attend one of Rabbi Kronish and Mayor Issa Jaber’s speaking events on inter-religious dialogue in Israel over the last few weeks! Continue Reading

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Don’t miss: Rabbi Ron Kronish & Mayor Issa Jaber Oct/Nov East Coast Speaking Tour

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Friends on the East Coast of the United States – do not miss this opportunity to hear Rabbi Ron Kornish and Mayor Issa Jaber speak about their work together on issues relating to Arab-Jewish coexistence, inter-religious dialogue, and the search for peace. Check below to find the location nearest you! Continue Reading


ICCI newsletter— June 2016

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Changing of the Guard

At the end of this month, June 2016, Rabbi Ron Kronish will step down from his position as “Interim Director” of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel, the Interreligious Department of Rabbis for Human Rights. He will maintain his role as “Senior Advisor” and will continue to write blog posts, while serving as a lecturer and a moderator for panel discussions. In addition, Rabbi Kronish is working on a book on interreligious dialogue in Israel based on his more than quarter century as a leader in this field in Israel.

Ron Kronish informal portrait

Rabbi Ron Kronish

Noa Mazor will serve as Director of ICCI from now on. During the summer, she will be finishing all of her academic work in order to be ordained a rabbi in Israel by the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem in November. During the past few months, since her appointment as Director of the new Interreligious department of Rabbis for Human Rights, she has undergone training with Rabbi Kronish and other senior staff of the organization, and she has already moderated two panel discussions (see below).

Noa Mazor, new director of ICCI

Noa Mazor, new director of ICCI

Recent Activities

Rabbi Ron Kronish delivered the opening lecture to a conference on “Interreligious Dialogue in Israel Today”, held at the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, and Noa Mazor moderated the opening panel, on June 14th. The conference was organized by Bar Rappaport and Naama Cohen, two students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who had organized a full semester program called Bet Midrash/ Madrasa as an extra-curricular program for sixteen students (eight Jewish and eight Muslim) under the auspices of the Clinic for Multiculturalism and Diversity of the Center for Clinical Legal Education of the Faculty of Law of the university.

Noa Mazor moderated an “Abrahamic Team” panel on May 28that the Biennial Convention of the Reform Jewish Movement in Israel. On the panel were: Fr. Hosam Naoum, Dean of the Cathedral of St. George’s Anglican Church in Jerusalem, Kadi Dr. Iyad Zahalka, the head of the Sharia Courts in Israel and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University and Emek Yizrael College, and Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, rabbi of Congregation Kol Haneshama and past co-chairperson of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel. Read a blog post about the event

From left to right : Fr Hosam Naoum, Kadi Iyad Zahalka, Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, Noa Mazor, incoming director of ICCI, RHR's interreligious program

From left to right : Fr Hosam Naoum, Kadi Iyad Zahalka, Rabbi Levi Weiman-Kelman, Noa Mazor, incoming director of ICCI, RHR’s interreligious program

Rabbi Ron Kronish participated in a public symposium on June 9, 2016, at the campus of the in Open University in Ra’anana, in central Israel, on the theme of “Judaism and Christianity—from Partnership to Reconciliation”. The symposium was sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Jewish Studies of the Open University. Also on the symposium were Dr. Jonathan Moss of the Hebrew University, Fr. David Neuhaus, Vicar or the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, and Carma Ben Yochanan of Tel Aviv University. The event was moderated by Dr. Michael Fagenblatt and Dr. Orr Scharff of the Open University.

David Goodman, coordinator of Microphones for Peace of ICCI, and Noa Mazor, ICCI’s new director, and Rabbi Ron Kronish attended an international Interfaith Conference called “Interfaith Kosovo” in Pristina, the capital of Kosovo from May 31-June 2, 2016.  At this conference, Rabbi Kronish spoke about the work of the Interreligious Department of Rabbis for Human Rights on one of the panels, and David Goodman spoke about the work of Microphones for Peace, a joint project of ICCI and Radio Central Jerusalem. Read a blog post about this event

Rabbi Ron Kronish and Amy Kronish attended the annual Iftar (Break-the-fast during Ramadan) dinner at the residence of the ambassador of the United States of American to Israel, Ambassador Dan Shapiro. Leading Muslim religious leaders and educators from all over Israel, as well as other leading Jewish educators and religious leaders, also participated in this annual event in the beautiful setting of the garden of the ambassador’s residence in Herzliya Pituach, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

Rabbi Ron Kronish and Amy Kronish with Ambassador Shapiro at Iftar event, June 2016-2

Rabbi Ron Kronish and Amy Kronish with Ambassador Shapiro at Iftar event, June 2016-2

Interreligious Activism

Noa Mazor,  Rabbi Yehiel Grenimann and Rabbi Ron Kronish attended the launch of Tag Meir Forum Lobby  in the Knesset during the last week of May 2016. All three of these Jewish religious leaders serve on the steering committee of The Tag Meir Forum – a coalition comprised of 51 organizations from all over Israel—which lobbies against hate crimes and extremist violence in Israel. This activist coalition has now enlisted Members of Knesset from many political parties in the Israeli parliament to be engaged more actively in this struggle. Read a blog post on this event here

On May 16th, Rabbi Ron Kronish met with a delegation of Jewish, Christian and Muslim Religious Leaders at the Dormitzion Abby on Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, along with Brother Daniel, one of the monks in residence at this famous Christian Institution in Jerusalem. The two discussed the work of the Tag Meir Forum in combatting hate crimes in Israel, and heard from a member of a prominent Christian institution, which has been vandalized several times by Jewish extremists in recent years.

Rabbi Ron Kronish joined a large delegation of close to one hundred activists affiliated with the Tag Meir Forum on a visit to the Abu Gosh Community Center on May 8th. The group came to this Israeli Arab town just west of Jerusalem to express solidarity with Israeli Muslim women and children  residents who were attacked by a group of young Jewish extremists after a soccer game wherein racists chants against Arabs were voiced. Read a blog post on this topic here


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Please see the newsletter below for the latest updates from ICCI, the interreligous department of Rabbis for Human Rights

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Activists join in solidarity with Palestinian woman attacked last week with daughters

No Comments 09 May 2016


Yesterday May 8th, Rabbi Ron Kronish, founding director and senior adviser to ICCI, now RHR’s interreligious department, joined the Tag Meir Coalition and over a hundred supporters in Abu Gush for a solidarity visit with Nadwa Abu Gosh, a school teacher at the Neve Shalom/ Wahat el Salaam Peace School, who, along with her young daughters and friend,  was attacked last week by a mob of Beitar Jerusalem fans: Continue Reading

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Pre-military Israelis exposed for first time to Muslim & Christian religious leaders

1 Comment 24 April 2016

On April 6 2016, an “Abrahamic Team,” presented their personal stories and reflections on the topic of “Human Dignity and Sanctity of Life” to a group of 35 Jewish Israeli students studying this year in a pre-army academic preparatory course at Kibbutz Biram in the Upper Galilee.

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ICCI, the interreligous department of RHR, Passover Newsletter

No Comments 18 April 2016

Chag Sameach—Happy Passover

We wish all our Jewish friends in Israel and around the world a Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday) for Passover! May you enjoy this season of spring—which brings with it hope for renewal and freedom for the Jewish People and all peoples—with your family and friends.

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Abrahamic Teams: Educational Outreach in Israel

ICCI, the Interreligious Department of Rabbis for Human Rights, has begun a new initiative to address issues of human dignity, respect for life, and other central issues in an attempt to bring a new voice of moderation, reason and hope to the public discourse in Israel, one that is sorely lacking and much needed in our society today. ICCI is doing this in cooperation with the Abrahamic Forum eV in Germany, sponsored by the Allianz Cultural Foundation and the Robert Bosch Foundation.

The project offers panel discussions of religious leaders of the three major faiths in Israel — Judaism, Christianity and Islam – to a wide variety of Jewish and Arab audiences. On April 6th, the second “Abrahamic Team” panel discussion was held for a group of 35 Jewish Israeli students, who are studying this year in a pre-army academic preparatory course at Kibbutz Biram in the Upper Galilee. The group of students was spending three days in Jerusalem at a special seminar on “The State of Israel as a Jewish-Democratic State”, which was planned and implemented by the Education Department of Rabbis for Human Rights, led by Rabbi Nava Hefetz. The panel consisted of Rabbi Professor Yehoyada Amir, professor of Jewish Thought at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem, Rev. Samuel Fanous, of the Emanuel Church in Ramla and Dr. Layla Abed Rabu, a Muslim advisor on Women’s Rights in Israel and a research fellow at the Truman Institute for Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The panelists presented their personal stories and reflections on the topic of “Human Dignity and Sanctity of Life”.

Upcoming Abrahamic Team Programs:

May 9th, at the Community Center in Abu Gosh, an Israeli-Arab town west of Jerusalem

May 28th, at the biennial conference of the Israeli Reform Jewish Movement, at the Shefayim Hotel and Conference Center, north of Tel Aviv

June 1st, at a Muslim high school, with students and parents, in Kafr Kara, an Israeli Arab village in the center of Israel

ICCI Interim Director speaks about Interreligious Dialogue Education and Action to visiting groups to Israel and to groups within Israel

Ron Kronish informal portrait

During the past few months, ICCI Interim Director Rabbi Ron Kronish has spoken to the following groups who have visited Israel or are in Israel about the message and the method of Interreligious Dialogue for Peaceful Coexistence:

March 6th, to a group of Jews and Christians visiting from Tyler, Texas, led by Rabbi Neal Katz and Rev. Stuart Baskin

March 28th, with Kadi Iyad Zahalka, the Muslim Judge of the Shariya court of Israel in Jerusalem, at Bet Shmuel in Jerusalem to students from the USA on a gap year program called “Kivvunim”

March 29th, to a group of Christians and Jews from Andover, Massachusetts, led by Rabbi Robert Goldstein ,Rev. Dana Allen Walsh and Rev. Michael Hodges

April 4th, to students from all over the world who are studying at the Pardes Institute for Jewish Studies, in cooperation with the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution, led by Rabbi Dr. Daniel Roth

April 11th, to a group of 11 Rectors and Vice-rectors of Catholic Universities from around the world, sponsored by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs

April 19th, to a group of women who belong to the Naamat women’s organization in Jerusalem

Upcoming Lectures to Visiting Groups:

May 10th, to a Presbyterian group from Texas

June 22nd, 15 Dutch theologians who will be visiting Israel on a study tour with the Center of Israel Studies of the Netherlands

ICCI’s Center for Interreligious Education welcomes visiting groups and local groups to contact us to arrange programs. For a current list of programs of the center, see our website.

The Interreligious Advisory Committee of ICCI
The ICCI Advisory Committee—comprised of leading Jews, Muslims and Christians in Israel—will be holding its next meeting on May 28th. On the agenda will be a discussion of new directions for ICCI, within RHR, in the years ahead, and an opportunity to meet the new ICCI director, Noa Mazor.

Noa Mazor, new director of ICCI

Noa Mazor, new director of ICCI

The members of ICCI’s Advisory Committee are:

Rabbi Yehoyada Amir, Professor, Hebrew Union College, Jerusalem

Rabbi Ehud Bandel, rabbi and interreligious activist, Vice-President of ICCI

Sr. Maureen Cusick, Sisters of Sion, Jerusalem, former co-chairperson of ICCI

Professor Mohammed Dajani, Founder and leader of Wasatia, a Muslim Movement for Moderation and Reconciliation

Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, Rabbi of Congregation Zion, Jerusalem

Issa Jaber, educator and mayor of Abu Gosh, former co-chairperson of ICCI

Rabbi Joel Levy, Director of the Conservative Yeshiva, Jerusalem

Fr. Hosam Naoum, Dean of St. George’s Cathedral (Anglican), Jerusalem

Layla Abed Rabu, lecturer in Islamic Thought, Advisor on Women’s Rights in Islam

Tareq Saman, student in Conflict and Coexistence at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and graduate of ICCI’s Young Adult programs

Rabbi Susan Silverman, author and activist, Jerusalem

David Waimann, businessman and activist, Jerusalem

Rabbi Levi Weiman –Kelman, Rabbi of Congregation Kol HaNeshama, Jerusalem, former co-chairperson of ICCI

Rabbi Moshe Yehudai, retired, former chairperson of RHR

Sonia Zelazo, Focolare Movement, Jerusalem

A local Palestinian Lutheran Christian, still to be appointed

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RHR announces appointment of Director of Department for Interreligious Dialogue & Action

No Comments 05 April 2016

We are very pleased to welcome Noa Mazor as Director of ICCI, the Interreligious Dialogue and Action department for Rabbis for Human Rights. Continue Reading


Photos: Interfaith panel & mosque visit with rabbinical students from abroad

No Comments 01 March 2016

On Friday February 26th, Rabbis for Human Rights’ interreligious department ran a special program and trip for rabbinical students from abroad and other future Jewish leaders. The program started with a panel on interreligious views of the Temple Mount/Haram al Sharif, and then moved to Abu Gosh where participants were able to experience Friday prayers at a mosque. 

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