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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE “CENTERS & DIASPORAS” IN ATHENS BETWEEN JUDAISM AND CHRISTIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 October 2015 08:25

In recognition of the special place of Orthdox Christianity in the Greek tradition and the special place of Judaism in the life of the people of Israel, a Christian-Jewish colloquium was held in Athens on October 20-21, 2015 to celebrate 25 years of full relations between Greece and Israel. The conference , convened by the Liaison Office of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Office of Interreligious and Intercultural Affairs together with the Department for International Interreligious Affairs of AJC (the American Jewish Committee), sought to highlight the connections of religion, culture and identity, that are central to the life of both traditions.

The meeting provided a unique opportunity to affirm the bonds of friendship, understanding and cooperation that have been forged between Orthodoxy and Judaism  over recent decades in particular by the Ecumenical Patriarchate under the leadership of His All Holiness Bartholomew.
Among the principle affirmations of the colloquium were the commitment to freedom of religion and conscience, the repudiation of all bigotry and especially violence - in particular when such is used in the name of religion, and thus a commitment to work together to combat all negative prejudice and persecution,  especially on religious grounds.
The conference was hosted by the Israeli Ambassador to the Hellenic Republic Ms. Irit Ben Abba and the attendees were also privileged to enjoy a special concert of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s String  Quartet at the Acropolis Museum  which also  celebrated the milestone in Greece-Israel relations.

Press Release from
the O
ffice of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Interreligious and Intercultural Affairs
& AJC – American Jewish Committee

Athens, October 21, 2015

 

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