On the occasion of the 14th anniversary of Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich’s death, academics, colleagues, and friends of Ehrlich came together in Basel on 21 October 2021.
Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich was a committed and critical Jewish voice in numerous dialogue formats. His publications on Jewish-Christian relations continue to shape research to this day. Those who knew him in life provide impressive accounts of his commitment, including Kirchenrat President Rev. Prof. Dr Lukas Kundert, Prof. Dr Kathy Ehrensperger, as well as the Rector of the Abraham Geiger College and Director of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Studienwerk (ELES) Rabbi Prof. Walter Homolka PhD DHL.
Afterwards, ELES alumna Olga Osadtschy spoke about a ‘New Jewish Self-Consciousness after Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich’, before Rachel de Boor, DialoguePerspectives project manager, gave a short input on the central role Ehrlich still plays in what is now the seventh year of the DialoguePerspectives seminar programme. In particular, the following quote describes and accompanies our work with the participants in creating innovative, new modes of interreligious-worldview dialogue:
‘Dialogue must lead to something that is more than a factual identification of the respective point of view. It must lead to responsibility, to solidarity with each other.’
The evening was rounded off with a panel discussion moderated by Rev. Nico Rubeli. Participants were invited by the Evangelical Swiss Church in Israel, the JCAs of both Basel, the Jewish-Christian Academy, Jewish-Christian Projects, the Israelite Community of Basel, and the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel.
Further impressions can be found on the website of the Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations.
˝The DialoguePerspective programme has created a unique platform for discourse and debate on a wide range of topics that have significance for the EU currently and in its future. DialoguePerspectives offers the opportunity to share, learn and explore as a community, questions that are relevant to our identity and the diversity of Europe. I highly recommend the programme.
Santhi, DialoguePerspectives participant