Rabbi Shalom: Love of the Other is the Essential Component of Jewish-Christian Dialogue

2/6/2014
A Latin American Clergy Mission visited Ziv Medical Center, ending their 6 day visit to Israel. The group members brought with them a gift  of hygienic products donated by Super-Pharm Natanya, for the Syrian patients wounded during the civil war raging in Syria.

“On the first day of our trip we met with His Excellency, Bishop William Shomali, the Auxiliary Bishop to Jerusalem, and in his conversation with us, he stressed the importance of bringing Jewish-Christian dialogue to the masses and demonstrating real cooperation,” remarked Rabbi Jonas Shalom, the WJC/LAJC mission representative. “What better way to demonstrate real cooperation by having clergy visiting a hospital that practices the Golden Rule and giving hope to those who may have lost it.”
“This mission is one of the reflections of Pope Francis’ spirit when coming to the Holy Land next week; how religions can work together to repair a broken world,” said David Nekrutman, Executive

Director of the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC).
Despite the geopolitics, over 293 patients from Syria have been treated at Ziv Medical Center. During his meeting with the Mission, the hospital’s director, Dr. Oscar Embon, said, “Medicine has no borders and can serve as a bridge between people. We will continue to provide life-saving, humanitarian treatment to the Syrian casualties for as long as needed".

The Latin American Clergy Mission was created three years ago with the emphasis of teaching young priests and rabbis the fundamentals of Jewish-Catholic relations. The goal of these missions is to have the clergy work together in their local communities and demonstrate how religions can work together in solving 21st Century challenges.

The mission is sponsored by the World Jewish Congress (WJC), the Latin American Jewish Congress (LAJC) and the Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding and Cooperation (CJCUC).