Swiss Jewish community partners up with Army Chaplaincy

The Federation of Swiss Jewish Communities (SIG/FSCI) has partnered up with the Army Chaplaincy of the Swiss Army (Armeeseelsorge) in the field of pastoral care and training.

Following new principles of army pastoral care issued in 2020, other religious communities are now invited to join Christian churches and become involved in providing pastoral care to the Swiss Army. Representatives from the SIG/FCSI, the umbrella organisation of Swiss Jewry and the country’s EJC affiliate, will hence play a role in the Army’s pastoral care.

With the new principles in place, the Swiss army is taking a new approach in dealing with the different denominational, religious and ideological backgrounds of its members of the army.

The SIG/FSCI is currently assessing suitable candidates to be appointed as army chaplains. In the course of discussions with the army, the topic of cooperation on education and training was discussed.

The army emphasised that exclusion, racism and antisemitism have no place in their ranks, and expressed openness to exploring further cooperation in the framework of the Likrat Public initiative of the SIG/FSCI.

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