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Historic Shabbat Dinner at the World Economic Forum

28 January 2006 - Davos, Switzerland

After the Friday night Shabbat Service at the World Economic Forum led by Chief Rabbi David Rosen and Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp the traditional Friday night dinner was attended by the highest representatives not only of the Jewish faith, but also by Cardinal Martino, President fo the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace of the Holy See, and Sheikh El Zafzaf from Egypt, Deputy of the Grand Imam.

This historic Shabbat Dinner reinforced the spirit of Davos, as for the first time in the history of the World Economic Forum the ecomenical presence of all three Abrahamic religions demonstrated that the World Economic Forum is indeed the foremost forum where political, economic, civil society and spiritual leaders from all over the world come together in order to improve the state of the world.

For the first time in the history of the World Economic Forum people from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith came together within the spirit of Shabbat. Among those present was Prof. Klaus Schwab and Hilde Schwab, Elie Wiesel and many leaders of the Jewish community.
In his personal address to the participants of the Shabbat dinner Sheikh El Zafzaf emphasized the importance of peace between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East and outlined that peace can only be established between people with good will and by renouncing terrorism.
The statement of Sheikh El Zafzaf underlined the words of Simon Peres, as well as the address of Cardinal Martino, who pointed out the significance of the role that religion has in creating peace between nations.
Sir Sigmund Sternberg, presiding over the dinner congratulated Prof. Schwab, who received the Honorary Knighthood by British foreign secretary Jack Straw on behalf of the Queen in recognition of his relentless leadership in resolving the most burning problems of humankind and in bringing people of different faiths together.
At a time where grave concerns about the future of the Middle East peace process have arised this event represents a remarkable milestone in the history of the World Economic Forum, as Stuart Eizenstat emphasized, reinvigorating hope for a peaceful resolution of the Middle East conflict.
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

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