Jews in interfaith forum

November 16, 2009 by Anthony Orkin
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Over 50 young religious leaders from throughout Sydney, including many Jews, gathered on Sunday at the Museum of Sydney for a historic interfaith solidarity forum to promote compassion.

Danielle Lauren with Rabbi Mendel Kastel

Danielle Lauren with Rabbi Mendel Kastel

This event was organised by Jewish social activist and filmmaker, Danielle Lauren. It was a project of the worldwide TED movement (Technology. Education. Design), a private non-profit organisation dedicated to bringing the power of love, forgiveness and compassion to communities everywhere.

It coincided with similar TED forums around the world to celebrate the signing of the “Charter for Compassion.” The Charter supports the golden rule – “To treat others like you would wish to be treated.”

The following religious representatives gave passionate speeches about compassion from their perspectives:

Bhante Sujato – Buddhist

Professor William Foley – Buddhist

Reverend Seforosa Carroll – Christian

Rabbi Mendel Kastel – Jewish

Kuranda Seyit – Muslim

Dr Mehravar Marzbani – Zoroastrian

Rabbi Mendel Kastel, the CEO of The Jewish House, said “I am very passionate about compassion. It’s a basic part of Judaism. It’s the way I strive to live my life and I encourage others to do the same.”

“It was an honour to be part of the launch of the Charter both here and internationally.”

Also in attendance were respected Jewish interfaith activist, Jeremy Jones and the Limmud-Oz Co-ordinator, Michael Misrachi.

Danielle Lauren, who gave the opening and closing addresses, said “I still have faith in humanity – as long as we hold leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa or Ghandi as worthy recipients of our admiration and respect then all is not lost.”

“I hope the launch of the Charter for Compassion marks a new chapter in the history of humanity – where we use the principles of religion to bring us together instead of pull us apart.”

“I look forward to engaging more young Jewish leaders to help spread the messages of the Charter.”


2 Responses to “Jews in interfaith forum”
  1. just me says:

    May I suggest that jewish people re-read the Book of Maccabees. What would Mattathias have done?

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