Ein Gottesdienst im Zeichen des jüdischen-christlichen Austauschs

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Der lange Weg vom antisemitischen "Judensonntag" zum "Israelsonntag"

The Protestant Church celebrates "Israelsonntag" as a day to enrich the Jewish-Christian dialogue. The service in Marienkirche at Alexanderplatz will be hosted by Pastor Corinna Zisselsberger and Esther Hirsch, Jewish cantor and theological adviser of the House of One. The violinist Jörg-Michael Krah and the organist Jonas Sandmeier will accompany the service. Please pay attention to the hygiene and safety concept.

This sunday "Israelsonntag" the Protestant communities will focus on Jewish-Christian relations and the promotion of dialogue between the two closely interwoven religions. The relationship had and still has its ups and downs. Antisemitism is still clearly visible in society, and Jews suffer from stereotypes and continue to be stigmatized. This can be seen in current events and attacks on parts of the Jewish community and individuals in public as well as in digital spaces.

In the Christian context it is often ignored that the central figure Jesus of Nazareth embodies the connection of the two religions themselves. Together with his companions he can be located in Judaism. Thus central on "Israelsonntag" is also the late reflection of the Christianity, that it has made itself guilty of thousands of years of devaluations, missionary efforts, stereotyping and violence up to the systematic annihilation in the Holocaust. Instead of abolishing the day, which had a anti-Semitic connotation before the 20th Century, the Christian Church reinterpreted it as "Israelsonntag" and gave it a completely new meaning. The day stands for curiosity about the encounter and exchange between Judaism and Christianity. A mutual understanding and interest is to be promoted.

Christian organizations such as the Gesellschaft für Chritstlich-Jüdische Zusammenarbeit or Aktion Sühnezeichen are supporting this dialogue for some years now.  In addition the commitment of numerous newly founded projects and individuals can be seen in the personal exchange, but also in social media. They manifest and expose the anti-Semitism that is deeply rooted in society.

 

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