MJC 2011 – Kiev


Kiev is the capital of Ukraine with population of about 3 million citizens. It is situated on the Dnepr River and boasts architectural monuments that are recognized world treasures. Kiev is the largest cultural, scientific and industrial center of Ukraine, the place of religious pilgrimage and a very attractive tourist destination. Its beautiful landscapes, parks and gardens charm and captivate. Kiev boasts a long and glorious history full of heroic deeds. It is called “the mother of Slavic cities” by right. The golden age of Kiev falls on the 11th-12th centuries, when Kiev Rus was a powerful state, the center of trading routes between the Baltic and the Mediterranean. For long centuries Kiev was badly damaged and looted, but Kiev has survived and still amazes the contemporaries with its sublimity and beauty.



The conference will be split into 2 theoretical and 3 practical – all together 5 committees.

1. Fissures and Footprints

Stories of collective memories and comparative identities.

2. Tweets and Tales

The significance of social media in interfaith dialog.

3. Crossroads in the Future

The route of sustainable dialog.


4. Faithful Citizens

Questions of religious practice and fundamentalism.


5. Countering the Politics of Hatred

Joining forces against both phenomena – Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism.



Walter Ruby, has served as Muslim Jewish Relations Officer for The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) since March 2008. A strong proponent of Muslim-Jewish communication, reconciliation and cooperation, he organized the FFEU-sponsored Weekend of Twinning of Mosques and Synagogues Around the World in November 2008 and 2009 and 2010. (115 mosques and 115 synagogues in North America and Europe took part in the Weekend of Twinningsm in 2009 and more are expected to take part in 2011). A reporter before joining FFEU, Ruby served as the New York and United Nations correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and Moscow correspondent for the Jerusalem Post and The Forward. During the 1990’s Ruby was a co-founder of Encounter, a pioneering Internet community composed of Palestinians, Jews, Israelis, Arabs and others, focused on fostering dialogue and joint projects.