Museum of Tolerance joins World Faith Leaders in Indonesia for Conference on Religous-Inspired Violence

June 11, 2007

Museum of Tolerance Joins World Faith Leaders in Indonesia for Conference on Religous-Inspired Violence

Survivors of Nazi Holocaust and suicide terror and faith leaders to stand against violence in the name of religion

A survivor of the Nazi Holocaust and victims of suicide terrorism will join with leaders of the five major religions in a unique show of solidarity against religious-sanctioned violence. Tolerance Between Religions: A Blessing for All Creation, a major world gathering of Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim leaders will be convened at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Jimbaran, in Bali, Indonesia, on June 12, 2007 from 9am to 6:00 PM.

The conference, convened under the patronage of former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid, aims to build an interfaith coalition against religious-inspired hate and violence. The conference is being sponsored by the Wahid Institute, LibForAll Foundation and the Museum
of Tolerance.

Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Museum of Tolerance will be one of the moderators of a panel, “Putting a Human Face on the Victims of Terrorism--A Message of Hope & Solidarity,” in which survivors of suicide attacks will tell their stories as an appeal to faith figures to take the lead in stopping religious- sanctioned terror --so that others will never have to experience what they themselves had to endure. For the first time in Indonesia, a survivor
of the Nazi Holocaust will also share his odyssey of tragedy and hope.

Among the presenters scheduled to appear are:

•Kyai Haji Abdurrahman Wajid, former President of Indonesia
•Sri Sri Ravishankar, renowned Hindu leader, Bangalore, India
•Rabbi Daniel Landes, Director of Pardes Institute, Jerusalem
•Father Franz Magnis Suseno, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta
•Dr. Yoichi Kawada, Vice-President, Soka Gakkai International
•Honourable Yenny Wahid, Wahid Institute
•Dr. Alfred Balitzer, Chairman, Pacific Research Strategies; Senior Fellow Claremont Graduate University
•C. Holland Taylor, CEO, LibForAll Foundation
•Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Associate Dean, Museum of Tolerance

Press Conference scheduled for 13:30


The Museum of Tolerance is the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Since its founding in 1993, the Los Angeles- based museum has hosted over 4.5 million visitors.

For more information, please contact the Center's Public Relations Department, 310-553-9036.