Muslim Jewish Conference

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The Muslim Jewish Conference (MJC) is an annual inter-cultural, inter-religious conference based in Vienna, Austria. MJC is a dialogue and leadership project that targets future leaders from sectors of economics, academics and politics in the start of their careers.

The first annual Muslim Jewish Conference has taken place from the 1st until the 6th of August 2010 at the University of Vienna.[1]

60 Jewish and Muslim students from all over the world with a common goal of establishing peaceful relations between both religions participated. The conference consists of discussion committees, guest speakers, open dialogue panels and social events.

The second annual Muslim Jewish Conference takes place from 3 July until the 8 July 2011 in Kiew, Ukraine.

Thematic Committees[edit]

The 2010 conference was split into three thematic committees:

Additionally, a group was introduced by the conference; the Muslim Jewish Connection.[2] This organization founded by a Rabbi David Goldberg in 2008 focuses on education for youth and adults in the Middle East. The MJCii led groups in workshops in Education during the seminar.[3]

Organising Committee[edit]

There are currently 15 Students working together on this project, bringing valuable experience and diplomatic skills to the team as well as expertise in cross cultural dialogue. Coming from eight different countries Austria, Pakistan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Libya, Turkey, Israel and the United States of America, the core team is already well trained in interfaith communication.

The Organisation Committee:

  • Ilja Sichrovsky - Secretary General
  • Ayse Cindilkaya - Vice Secretary General
  • Andi Gergely - Head of Logistics
  • Valerie Prassl – Head of Public Relations
  • Arthur Resetschnig – Organization & Fundraising
  • Anna Magnand – Head of Support Department
  • Fatima Hasanain – Head of Committees and Content
  • Asad Farooq – Head of Chairs
  • Gulraiz Khan – Chair
  • Dagmar Kusa – Chair
  • Varghese Chakkummootil – Chair
  • Yvonne Feiger – Chair
  • Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed - Chair
  • Jane Braden-Golay - Chair
  • Mustafa Jalil Qureshi - Chair
  • Mounir Dadi - Chair
  • Lisa Joskowicz – Advisor of Chairs
  • Bacem Al-Jaziri - International Advisor Europe
  • Ben Rosen - International Advisor North America
  • Abdul Kareem Niazi - International Advisor Middle East
  • Jacqueline Nowikovsky - International Advisor Eastern Europe
  • Moussa Jamil - International Advisor Europe and Middle East
  • Magdalena Kloss - International Advisor United Nations
  • Rida Al Masri - International Advisor Middle East


The Muslim Jewish Conference is officially endorsed by the United Nations' Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Vienna. The project is partly financed by the Karl Kahane Foundation as well as by private donors.

Patronage & Honorary Committee 2010[edit]

The first 'Muslim Jewish Conference' found itself under the official patronage of the President of Austria, Dr. Heinz Fischer

The 2010 members of the Honorary Committee:

  • Patricia Kahane, President of the 'Karl Kahane Foundation'.
  • Rabbi Marc Schneier, Chairman of the World Jewish Congress American Section, Founder and President of The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU).
  • Dr Michael Häupl, Mayor of Vienna
  • Dr Alois Mock former Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Austria, former President of the International Democratic Union (IDU), founder of the Central European Initiative (CEI).
  • Dipl Ing Dr Franz Fischler, former Commissioner of the European Union (1995–2004) and former Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry in Austria, Expert on international food crises and development and Advocate of the UN Millennium Development Goals.
  • Ibrahim Issa, Co-Director of Hope Flowers School,[4] which is unique in the Palestinian territories in that it has a remarkable educational philosophy. It has a special curriculum dedicated to peace, democracy, human rights, conflict-resolution and understanding as well as general topics such as women’s rights, democracy, health and other community concerns.
  • Dr Zeynep Taluy-Grossruck, former Director of UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organization), Private Sector Development Branch
  • Rafi Elul, Advisor to the President of Israel for social and welfare matters, former Consultant to the Prime Minister of Israel in social and welfare matters, former member of the Israeli Parliament for eight years, formerly one of the youngest mayors in Israeli history at age 24.
  • Prof Eveline Goodman-Thau, first orthodox female Rabbi and Founder of the ‘Hermann Cohen Academy’ in Buchen (Odenwald); as its Director she organizes conferences and learner's seminaries, especially for Jewish women.
  • Abbas Khider, award winning Iraqi-German writer (a.o. honorary certificate Iraqi-International Cultic Studies Association (I.C.S.A.)).
  • André Heller, Austrian Actor, Singer and Author.
  • Mag Dr Jameleddine Ben Abdeljelil, Department of Near Eastern Studies - University of Vienna.
  • Susanne Scholl, Austrian Journalist and Writer, former Head of the ORF-Bureau in Moscow.
  • Josef Hader, Austrian Comedian and Actor.

Guest Speakers 2010[edit]

Grand-Rabbi Marc Raphaël Guedj is the President of the Geneva-based interreligious Foundation 'Racines Et Sources' (roots and well-springs), which brings Rabbis and Imams together to work for peace. He is the former Chief Rabbi of Geneva’s traditional Jewish congregation. Rabbi Guedj is a member of the Editorial Committee of the World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace at UNESCO.

Dr Faouzi Skali is an anthropologist and ethnologist; professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Fes, Morocco, and author of many publications including "La Voie Soufi" (The Soufi Path) and "Traces de Lumiere" (Traces of Light). He is also the Initiator of the Mediterranean Institute for Dialogue Project and Director of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music.[5] Dr. Skali has coordinated a colloquium to follow the festival called Giving Soul to Globalization, a meeting place for humanitarians and international leaders in the business world to work together to develop more space for spirituality in the working world. He was recognized in 2001 by the UN, among seven world personalities, having contributed to the Dialogue of Civilisations.

Walter Ruby has served as Muslim Jewish Relations Officer for The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU)[6] since March 2008. A strong proponent of Muslim-Jewish communication, reconciliation and cooperation, he organized the FFEU-sponsored Weekend of Twinningsm of Mosques and Synagogues Around the World in November 2008 and 2009. (115 mosques and 115 synagogues in North America and Europe took part in the Weekend of Twinnings in 2009 and more are expected to take part in 2010). A reporter before joining FFEU, Ruby served as the New York and United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and Moscow correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and The Forward. During the 1990s Ruby was a co-founder of Encounter, a pioneering Internet community composed of Palestinians, Jews, Israelis, Arabs and others, focused on fostering dialogue and joint projects.


  1. ^ "The Muslim Jewish Conference". The Muslim Jewish Conference. 
  2. ^ Goldberg, David. "Muslim Jewish Connection". Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, David. "Workshops and Peace". Retrieved 5 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hope Flowers School". 
  5. ^ Festival de Fès maroc juin 2013. "Juin Maroc 2014 Festival de Fès des Musiques Sacrées du Monde". 
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