Sweden: Opening Jewish Learning

Sweden: Opening Jewish Learning08 Feb 2017

A new college is in town - in Stockholm, Sweden, that is. JEU's very own Paideia is opening doors to a new educational initiative, a Jewish 'Cultural College', first of its kind. We spoke to Noa Hermele, rector of Paideia Folkhögskola.

JEU Voice: Armin Langer

JEU Voice: Armin Langer25 Jan 2017

A new monthly columnist has joined the JEU team - Armin Langer - a graduate student of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam and founder and coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim activist group Salaam-Shalom. His first book "Ein Jude in Neukölln" (A Jew from the No-go-Zone) was published in 2016.

Connecting Actions

Connecting Actions27 Nov 2016

From November 23-25 a symposium was convened in Paris, bringing together more than 30 interfaith and intercultural dialogue organisations. What for? To learn from each other, and come up with a joint agenda in order to better respond to struggles all across Europe. Read our interview with Ilja Sichrovsky »

Shalom Alaikum: Spreading Kindness

Shalom Alaikum: Spreading Kindness25 Oct 2016

Kindness, of course, is just the tip of the iceberg. Read on about the work of a group of Viennese Jewish women intent on helping their newest neighbours - refugees. JEU spoke to Dr. Verena Krausneker and Miriam Tenner of Shalom Alaikum - Jewish Aid for Refugees, based in Vienna, Austria.

Cab Conversations

Cab Conversations26 Aug 2016

“So you are religious then? You believe in God?” They feel heartened by this, as if the unexpected, incongruous combination of a young blonde woman as a religious leader inspires them somehow. What I rarely, if ever, get is hostility.

Us and Them

Us and Them23 Aug 2016

Denisa Nešťáková shares her thoughts on coming together and working together dispite differences, in this dispatch from the 2016 Muslim Jewish Conference. "I have never felt more welcomed in any other group of people. My identity and beliefs have never been questioned in a more sensitive and friendly way; my heart has never been filled with more hope and happiness than during a week at the MJC."

Broken Mirrors

Broken Mirrors15 Jul 2016

‘Where have we Muslims gone wrong?’ another speaker, a cleric asked his audience rhetorically. It’s a brave and bold question that each one of us must ask on behalf of our own community. We should own our inner darkness. No-one can ask that question or provide an answer more adequately than ourselves.

Fostering Dialogue in Berlin

Fostering Dialogue in Berlin14 Jun 2016

In the response to anti-Semitic slogans that appeared in Berlin’s pro-Palestinian protests, the Salaam-Schalom initative cooperated with the Sehitlik mosque to set up a human chain at a festival marking the end of Ramadan. When a law was passed in Berlin that banned all religious symbols in civil service, they organised an interfaith rally to promote equal employment opportunities for people who wear religious head coverings under the headline #MyHeadMyChoice.

Fire on the Mount

Fire on the Mount10 Jun 2016

It was a rare hot afternoon in the North of England when I met a clergy friend at Starbucks for a Frappuccino milkshake (chocolate flavour, of course). Although the drinks were cold, our conversation was passionate. He is a vicar in the local Church and despite the fact that one of us is a Christian and the other is a Jew, there was a world we shared of our experiences in the pulpit.

Dialogue - a feel good activity or our last chance?

Dialogue - a feel good activity or our last chance?20 Apr 2016

We are in the middle of loosing another generations’ global battle, against the ever strong forces, which divide along the lines of nationalities, religious belief and so called "race". If we do not finally start to learn to fight against all forms of racism and discrimination, together, we will never be able to put children into a world that does not hate because of who we pray to, where we are born, or the colour of our skin.

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