Interfaith Peacebuilding


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Interfaith Programs

UPF organizes programs that help build understanding, respect and cooperation among people of different faiths.

Haifa, Israel—More than 20 people gathered for the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum to express their mutual hope for and determination to continue their efforts to promote peace.

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New York, United States—UPF participated in an interfaith program led by Pope Francis at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. 

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Jerusalem, Israel—The Jerusalem Interfaith Forum gathered at the newly-opened Israeli Peace Education Center to discuss and promote educational initiatives. 

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Israel-2015-08-08-Interfaith Forum Visits Terror Victims, Condemns Terrorism

Jerusalem, Israel—Members of the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum visited a boy and his parents who were critically injured in an attack. 

Jerusalem, Israel—On July 31, 2015, Jewish extremists torched a Palestinian house, causing the death of an eighteen-month-old Palestinian baby boy. The baby’s parents and four-year-old brother were taken to the hospital in critical condition.

On August 9, a delegation of 12 leaders of the Druze, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish faiths visited the victims’ family in the hospital. The delegation, which was co-organized by the Department of Religious Communities in Israel’s Interior Ministry and the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum, included several senior members of the Forum: Rabbi Edgar Nof; Dr. Ohr Margalit; Fr. Masud Abu Hatoum; and Sheik Dr. Omar Kayal, national inspector in the department.

A representative of the family met the delegation in the hospital. Journalists were also at the hospital and asked about the four-year-old boy’s condition. Representatives of the delegation, including Rabbi Nof and Dr. Margalit, expressed their support for the family and condemned the act of terrorism. Rabbi Nof said he was conveying his support on behalf of many citizens in Israel, as well as UPF members around the world. Dr. Margalit, who offered condolences on behalf of his community, said that his community is praying for the boy’s recovery.

A report about the visit was published in a local Israeli-Arab newspaper and received many positive responses from readers.

Quito, Ecuador—UPF-Ecuador held events in the cities of Guayaquil and Quito to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace 2017.

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Jerusalem, Israel—At a time when tensions are high in the Middle East, the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum convened to discuss “The Holy Places in Jerusalem as an Anchor of Stability in a Long-Term Arrangement.” 

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Bangui, Central African Republic—“Forgive, Love, Unite” was the theme of an interreligious meeting that was attended by more than 85 religious leaders.

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Paris, France—In an atmosphere of mutual respect, speakers from several faiths kept the attention and won the hearts of participants at UPF-France’s third interreligious meeting of the year.

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New Delhi, India—The inaugural conference of the Indian Interfaith Peace Initiative was held on the theme of “India’s Contribution to Global Peace, Sustainable Development and Interfaith Harmony.”

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Moscow, Russia—The secretary general of UPF-Eurasia was one of the special guests at the opening ceremony of an exhibition and book fair organized by the Russian Orthodox Church.

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Vancouver, Canada—A longtime member of the Baha’i Faith spoke about the origins of her faith and of its belief in humankind’s spiritual unity.

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Netanya, Israel—For its March 2015 meeting, the Jerusalem Interfaith Forum visited the city of Netanya and was warmly welcomed by Rabbi Edgar Nof and his Netan-ya Congregation community.

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