Religious tolerance ; Rabbi and imam awarded first Swiss Jews’ Dialogue Prize


Left to right: Imam Muris Begovic, Rabbi Noam Hertig, Protestant deacon Maurice Gardiol and Jewish prayer leader Eric Ackermann. The Muslim Times has the best collection of articles on the theme of interfaith tolerance

Source: Swiss Info Channel

Four religious leaders, including a rabbi and an imam, have been honoured for their efforts to bring Swiss religious communities closer together.

Awarded for the first time, the prizeexternal link is from the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communitiesexternal link and the Platform of Liberal Jews in Switzerlandexternal link. It goes to people who make a significant contribution to social cohesion and religious peace in Switzerland.

Two pairs of leaders were recognized with CHF10,000 ($10,000) in prize money: Imam Muris Begovic and Rabbi Noam Hertig from Zurich, and Protestant deacon Maurice Gardiol and Jewish prayer leader Eric Ackermann from Geneva.

Among the speakers at the award ceremony in Bern on Tuesday evening was Swiss President and Home Affairs Minister Alain Berset.

+ Bringing together the world’s religions in Bern

Begovic and Hertig support the project Respectexternal link, which facilitates cultural exchanges between the two communities. By hosting various workshops, the project encourages an active dialogue with the aim of dismantling mutual prejudices. They also served as spiritual representatives of the first official joint dialogue event held between the Swiss Jewish and Muslim umbrella organisations.

Gardiol and Ackermann have developed an interreligious platform in Geneva and also fostered dialogue between Jewish students and their non-Jewish peers through classroom visits. In addition, the two men have been active at the Geneva School of Social Work, where they teach a course on the role religion and spirituality play in social work.

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2 replies

  1. For a long time the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at was spearheading the inter-religious dialogue. It seems now other Muslims have taken it up too. Good.

    • Rafiq— you should be honest and consisten what you tell us here that Ahmadiyyah has been promoting “ tolerant Islam” to the world—- but in reality you do not! Rafiq

      How many times you erase and delate my responds because my belief in Islam is different with you.

      Ahmadiyya should protect the right of expression, the right of speech and eventhough it is against your beliefs.
      Please avoid the sinful deeds in Ramadhan— make every one happy anx font hurt others— love and care is the core of Islam.

      Please promise to your self ; not to erase my respond any more, I respect every different opinionnand belief, may God bless you and your family Amen

      All love ❤️
      I wish you a blessed and peaceful Ramadhan

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