07/02/2013 - World Faith Harmony Week

The Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies hosted “World Faith Harmony Week “at a private breakfast held at the Cafe’ Reteve , South African Jewish Museum , Gardens, Cape Town.

This event was hosted for the first time in South Africa and Dr Imtiaz Sooliman was invited as the Keynote speaker. The topic of discussion was “The Role of Faith-Based Communities in Social Development”.

Amongst the guest invited was the Consul General of USA, Ms Erica J. Barks-Ruggles and the Consul General of Germany, Mr Roland Herrmann

In 2010 the UN General Assembly in New York unanimously adopted a proposal by HM King Abdullah 11 of Jordon for a World Interfaith Harmony Week.

In his speech King Abdullah said:

It is [also] essential to resist forces of division that spread misunderstanding and mistrust especially among peoples of different religions. The fact is, humanity everywhere is bound together, not only by mutual interests, but by shared commandments to love God and neighbour; to love the good and neighbour. .. What we are proposing is a special week, during which the world's people, in their own places of worship, could express the teachings of their own faith about tolerance, respect for the other and peace.

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