AJC: World Powers Should Heed Israel’s Warnings on Iran 

March 3, 2015 – New York – AJC praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s clarion call for achieving the best possible deal to prevent a nuclear Iran.

Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress today came three weeks ahead of the March 24 deadline for a framework political agreement between the P5+1 and Iran, an accord that, if achieved, could lead to a permanent deal by the end of June.

During his 45-minute address, Netanyahu stressed the strength and closeness of the U.S.-Israel relationship, underscored the longstanding bipartisan nature of that link, and emphasized the robust support of the Obama Administration for Israel.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

AJC and Archdiocese of Los Angeles Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate  

On February 17th, 2015, over 200 attendees gathered at the Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California, to attend “A Watershed Moment in Catholic-Jewish Relations: Marking the 50th Anniversary of Nostra Aetate.” The event was cosponsored by the American Jewish Committee’s Los Angeles Regional Office, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and the Martin Gang Institute for Intergroup Relations, a joint venture of AJC Los Angeles and Loyola Marymount University Extension. The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the single largest diocese in the United States with approximately five million members.

Rabbi David Rosen, the American Jewish Committee’s International Director of Interreligious Affairs and Dr. Eugene J. Fisher, specialist in Catholic-Jewish relations for three decades at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke about the history of Catholic-Jewish relations and the groundbreaking changes brought by Nostra Aetate, the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions by the Second Vatican Council in 1965.

Father Alexei Smith, Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, commenced the event with welcoming remarks. AJC LA Vice President and Co-Chair of the Interreligious-Intergroup Committee Daniel Inlender and Sister Angela Hallahan of the Archdiocese Department of Catholic Schools introduced the keynote speakers.  CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

AJC Joins LA City for Rally Against Terrorism


AJC joined hundreds of southland residents at LA City Hall on Sunday, January 11th in a solidarity rally honoring the victims of terrorism in France. The vigil included speeches by elected officials, diplomats and community leaders, including Axel Cruau, Consul General of France in Los Angeles, Israel's Consul General David Siegel, Frederic Lefebvre, Member of the French National Assembly, California State Assembly Member Richard Bloom, LA City Councilman Tom LaBonge, and AJC LA Regional Director Rabbi Mark Diamond. Consul General Cruau told the crowd, "The terrorists will not succeed." In his remarks, Rabbi Diamond noted that the fight against terrorism is a "war of values and ideas. We must work together to ensure that the ideals we cherish -- democracy, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and the value of human life -- will prevail." 

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