The Central Council of Jews in Germany, the country’s EJC affiliate, has launched a new Muslim-Jewish dialogue initiative.

Titled, “Prevention through Dialogue: A New Thinking on Jewish-Muslim Conversations”, the new project will be rolled out across Germany this year and will feature innovative interfaith dialogue formats.

In addition, the project also seeks to disseminate interfaith dialogue widely across social networks, in order to bring the social, political and communicational aspects of Jewish-Muslim dialogue in Germany to the next level.

Meetings will be held between members from both communities in selected target groups. In addition, the dialogue should also find broad space in social networks and reach a significant reach. The project aims to raise Jewish-Muslim dialogue in Germany to a new social, political and communicative level.

“Antisemitism and radicalisation in parts of the Muslim community are a matter of concern for the whole of our democratic society. Through these direct Jewish-Muslim encounters at eye-to-eye level, we want to reduce prejudice and prevent radicalisation at an early stage,” said Dr. Josef Schuster, President of the Central Council, “tolerance of different religions and a respectful coexistence between religions and cultures are crucial for societal cohesion.”

The project will be funded by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, Annette Widmann-Mauz.